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Donkey Sanctuary Aruba

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  • Type: Museums, Zoos and Aquariums
  • Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
Overall Rating: 4.0 (4.2)
Value: 5.0 (5.0)
Facilities: 0.0 (N/A)
Atmosphere: 4.0 (4.0)
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Get ready to be overwhelmed with cute: the Donkey Sanctuary Aruba is a nonprofit organization devoted to saving the island's donkeys and educating locals and tourists on their care. Donkeys used to be the main form of transportation on the island; now many of them are sick and injured. The lucky ones receive proper care and shelter in this donkey sanctuary in the Santa Cruz neighboorhood in Aruba's northeast side about 8 miles from Eagle Beach. Visitors find the animals to be sweet, docile creatures eager to interact with people  especially if you bring the right treats. "Though they have feed cups you can purchase, bring a bagful of cut apples and carrots and the donkeys will be your friends for life," one TripAdvisor reviwer recommends. 

The Donkey Sanctuary Aruba is open on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on weekends from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There's no admission fee to visit, but you're encouraged to make a donation to the organization's effort to save the Aruban donkey. Tours of the facilities are available and there's a gift shop with proceeds go toward fundraising. Check with the sanctuary's official website before planning your visit.

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