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Donkey Sanctuary Aruba

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Address: Sta Lucia 4A, Santa Cruz 11111, Aruba
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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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Fun for Animal Lovers

We made a quick stop at the Donkey Sanctuary as part of a tour. I'm not sure I would make a special trip (maybe for the kids), but it was a fun 30 minute spent with some animals... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
C L
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Pennsylvania
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Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We made a quick stop at the Donkey Sanctuary as part of a tour. I'm not sure I would make a special trip (maybe for the kids), but it was a fun 30 minute spent with some animals who were in need of saving. What's especially nice is you are not interacting with the donkeys from behind bars, you are... More 

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Thank C L
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I never thought I'd say a donkey sanctuary was the hilghliigh of my trip to paradise island, but it was! The people running the place are great, the donkeys will melt your heart, and it's worth the little adventure into the heart of the island away from the high-rises and tourists. The donkeys are so so sweet. You can feed... More 

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Thank Melanie H
Memphis, Tennessee
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a strange place -- but the donkey's were cute. Apparently you just 'go on in' and look around. The person who runs it has some sort of device/box for donations - we looked for a few minutes and left. Got some cute donkey pics -- which is the part we went for...my husband loves donkeys.

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1 Thank notneedingname
Pittsford, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We go there every year, and feed and pet the donkeys. The place is falling apart, but the new facility is being finishd. Can't wait to go there. Log on and look at the pics. If you are an animal lover you can also contribute as all but one person is a volunteer. There is a little shop with al... More 

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Thank theislanddog
Bangor, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Loved this place. It was so great seeing the care that these animals are receiving. It was fun to feed them and get a chance to spend time with them and learn about the rescue. Wonderful place for couples, families or anyone.

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Thank Cynthia R
Roxbury, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As you walk in the gate the donkeys come right to you especially if you stopped at the grocery store to pick up a few bags of carrots or apples. They cut up your carrots into small pieces so all of them get some. The donkeys quiver their top lip begging for the carrot ...it's real cute. For the most... More 

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Thank Laurel W
Slingerlands, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a tough drive, and a bit hard to find, but worth it. They rescue donkeys that have been abandoned, hurt, etc. There is nothing fancy here. You can buy food for the donkeys, sit on the porch, and they will come up to you and compete for the food. This is all volunteer, and a mission of mercy!... More 

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Thank Rhapsodyinblue
Gothenburg, Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Not much to see at the donkey sanctury. But the donkeys are lovely and very friendly. The people who runs the sanctuary are the same. Buy some carrots for the donkeys and make a donation to the sanctury.

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Tarrytown, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I must admit that I do not know very much about donkeys, and have never been in the presence of a donkey until I visited Aruba's Donkey Sanctuary. What a worthwhile trip!!! Donkeys are the sweetest and most gentle animals!!! The owners of this facility rescue stray donkeys throughout the island, and bring them here. They are supported mostly by... More 

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Thank Leesa E
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

First, GO TO THE STORE. BUY CARROTS. Second, rent a vehicle for this trip. The sanctuary is in the middle of nowhere but absolutely worth the trip. Third, stay behind the gates while you feed the donkeys. They really dig carrots and when 50 donkeys find out you have one bag of carrots they get aggressive. Seriously, I LOVED this.... More 

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