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Donkey Sanctuary Aruba

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Address: Sta Lucia 4A, Santa Cruz 11111, Aruba
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Description: Visit Donkey Sanctuary Aruba where you can feed and pet the donkeys from...
Visit Donkey Sanctuary Aruba where you can feed and pet the donkeys from the safety of our enclosed porch. They especially love apples and carrots, so feel free to bring some along. There is no admission fee, though your generous donations are greatly appreciated and are what continue to allow us the ability to care for our donkey family, which has approximately 130+ members at the moment. Our volunteers will be more than happy to show you around and answer your questions. And if you get there early enough, you can even help with the daily chores of feeding and caring for the donkeys, a great and educational experience for children! If you’d rather just observe, then you’re welcome to grab a seat on our covered porch, sit back with some coffee or a cold beverage and snack from our concession stand, or take a look inside our gift shop. Whatever you decide, we look forward to seeing you there!
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Wonderful place!!

My husband and I visited the Donkey Sanctuary today and were delighted to see such knowledgable, dedicated volunteers and healthy animals. I am active in the US with animal rescue... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 15, 2015
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Furlong, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 NEW

We took some food with us when we visited this place. The animals are always hungry and eat anything. We were told that the donkeys were to fat because everyone is feeding them. Because all male donkeys are castrated they are planning to import another one from somewhere else. Beginning to look more like a farm then a sanctuary... A... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

My husband and I visited the Donkey Sanctuary today and were delighted to see such knowledgable, dedicated volunteers and healthy animals. I am active in the US with animal rescue and I know how difficult (and expensive) it can be to care for any population of animals, especially ones so large. We were happy to donate to this organization in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

We decided to give this a shot without knowing what to expect. Honestly, besides the Natural Pool, this was the biggest shocker for us for how much fun it was. We brought 2 bag of carrots thinking it'd be enough. Nope! Definitely bring much much more as the donkeys will eat them quickly. We ran out in minutes. The owner... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Great place to visit. Adults and kids. We would go again. Clean. Friendly staff. Educational and interactive.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

It's a little tricky to get to but follow the directions on the website and should be fine. There is no cost to enter but they appreciate donations. As we entered the first gate, the donkeys came running. They definitely knew food was coming. The staff directed us to stand on the front porch where we were to feed them.... More 

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Weymouth, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

My travel companion wanted to go visit teh donkeys and I will admit I was a very hesitant participant in this excursion. We stopped at the market and got carrots and apples to bring along. As we entered the property, the donkeys made a beeline to us and were even more exciyed when they sniffed out teh treats we had... More 

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New Romney, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

There are approximately 200 donkeys in Aruba which have mainly been left over from the old mining days. They are looked after by very capable staff who care about their welfare. It's a donkey sanctuary so you will see donkeys nothing else, but to be surrounded by 30 or 40 donkeys clamouring or your handful of food (purchased at the... More 

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Kansas City, Kansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

We had a really good time visiting the sanctuary. The staff is wonderful and the donkey's are so fun to be around and feed. We got tons of great pictures and memories. It's just so hard not to leave feeling sad because for all of their effort the animals still need more. Please visit and help out if you can!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Visited with a DePalm tour. Had two boys (9 &11) who enjoyed feeding the donkeys. Checked it off the bucket list. Quick 45 minute stop on tour.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Loved the donkeys and the ladies running it are very sweet. I guess we showed us when the donkeys were getting a little frisky cause one just keep running around and humping all the other donkeys. You can buy food and feed the donkeys for a 1 or 3 bucks for the big bag. They also sell shirts and buy... More 

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