Founded in 1997 the Donkey Sanctuary is a non-profit organization and entirely run by volunteers. Their mission is simple…Save the Donkeys!
The donkeys are sweet, yet stubborn at times. Many love to be petted and all love to be fed from the safety of their enclosed porches. They especially love apples and carrots, so if you visit feel free to bring some along.
Although not originally native to the small island of Aruba, donkeys have existed on Aruba for 500 years having been the primary mode of transportation until cars were introduced to the island in increasing numbers.
At that time, many Arubans no longer had any need for their formerly beloved donkey, and sadly in the 1970’s, a dangerous and rapidly spreading illness nearly caused their extinction leaving behind a population of only 20 wild donkeys.
As their population slowly began to increase, so increased the human population and with it came more and more vehicles. It became a common occurrence for donkeys to be found injured or killed alongside the roads, creating a hazard for humans and donkeys alike.
Thankfully they now have a safe haven where each donkey is given a name and receives food and water, shelter, quality medical care and lots of love.
There is no admission fee, but donations are greatly appreciated. Donations continue to allow the Donkey Sanctuary the ability to care for their donkeys, which currently houses 130+ members. Their volunteers will be more than happy to show you around and answer all of your questions.
Opening hours: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily.