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Donkey Sanctuary Aruba

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Address: Bringamosa 2Z, Santa Cruz 11111, Aruba
Phone Number: 2975932933
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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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Great place to visit! Loved feeding the Donkeys!

We got to stop at the Donkey Sanctuary while on ABC Tours - Land Rover excursion and had a blast learning about the history of the donkeys on Aruba and how they are now being... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Stephanie Z
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We got to stop at the Donkey Sanctuary while on ABC Tours - Land Rover excursion and had a blast learning about the history of the donkeys on Aruba and how they are now being protected. Great time for all involved - kids and adults alike.

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Drayton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It is a wonderful place doing good work for the donkeys. We were glad to read all the previous write ups and we brought carrots already prepared. The teens loved feeding the donkeys and this was a highlight of the trip for one of our kids. We spent an hour feeding them and interacting. We learned interesting information from the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice spot on the way to the national forest. The last 300 feet are on a dirt road, but it's in good shape. Really unique place. Worth a stop.

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Hamilton, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It was great to visit the donkeys at their new home. This place is so much bigger and nicer then their last place. This attraction is free. Imagine that! There is a box where you can make a donation (which of course we did) and it was with great pleasure. Anything for the cute donkeys. We bought a large bag... More 

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Waterford, New Jersey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The volunteers are in the midst of building a visitors' center in an effort to improve this sanctuary. No one else was around when we visited, but we still fed the >100 donkeys, took pictures of the peacocks, and listened to the roosters fuss. I love what they're doing to protect these animals and hope the new location succeeds in... More 

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Burrillville, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Bring your own carrots and apples, they have knives and cutting boards to cut into bit size pieces. Women who were running the place were extremely nice and we hung out on their covered patio area to talk to them for a long time. We went there on our way to the national park (they told us about a short... More 

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After visiting philips animal garden today and leaving feeling depressed at the hideous state the animals were kept in we stumbled across the recently relocated donkey sanctuary! What a gorgeous experience, lots of happy donkeys with awful pasts roaming freely and mingling with the visitors! We met some of the favourites and heard their stories, santa, tiddles and friends! Could... More 

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Thank K M
Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The directions on the website are from the big resorts near Palm/Eagle Beach. The directions from Oranjestad are simple: Just head south on Route 1; Turn left on route 4 just past the Balashi plant; take a right at the sign for French Men's pass; take your next left and your second right onto a dirt road. There are signs... More 

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Essex, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went to the donkey sanctuary for a while as part of a jeep safari trip ! Well worth the visit and would def recommend to go. The donkeys wee so funny and we fed them before leaving This place is running on donations only with no help now from the Aruban Government so help if you can or poss... More 

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Millburn, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Buy a bag of carrots and go feed the donkeys ( but make sure you lay the carrots lat in your hand if you want to keep your fingers!) Nice way to spend an hour. The Donkeys are very cute and the people who run and volunteer their time give you a great overview of the history of these animals... More 

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