Donkey Sanctuary Aruba, Santa Cruz

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#2 of 15 in Things to do in Santa Cruz
Meet the charming residents of Donkey Sanctuary Aruba. Established in 1997, the sanctuary houses and cares for the donkeys that were abandoned when Aruba introduced more modern forms of transportation. Feed and pet the hardworking equines, learn their names and stories, and help the volunteers care for the animals. Pick up a snack or a quirky souvenir at the gift shop. Donkey Sanctuary Aruba is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our online itinerary creator, Santa Cruz Edition.
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  • We had a blast feeding and petting the donkeys. We took a cab but I would recommend renting a car instead.  more »
  • Fun experience. Feel that you are supporting a good local rescue operation. Animals are well cared for, the volunteer there was very interesting to talk to, fun to feed the donkeys.  more »
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  • It's hard to find anything free to do. This, however, is totally free. There was no pressure to donate, though the opportunity is there. Staff/volunteers are happy, friendly and informative. On entering, we were greeted by several friendly donkeys, eager to get a treat and scratch. Plus one donkey torpedo that really didn't seem to care much for my brother. Feed buckets are available for cheap, with a safe platform to feed from & a washing station. Some people brought in carrots/apples and you can wander about to visit the less social residents. A good stop to stretch.
  • The Donkey Sanctuary was recommended to us by friends and I am so glad we made the trip-it truly was one of the highlights to our time in Aruba. The sanctuary is beautiful and well kept. The volunteers and staff are so friendly and their love for the donkeys really shows. It was fun seeing the cats and roosters too! Great souvenirs and handmade items for sale as well.
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