Donkey Sanctuary Aruba

Photo credit: © Aruba Donkey Sanctuary

Before cars became the main source of transportation in Aruba, donkeys were brought to the island to serve such a purpose. As motorized vehicles became more prevalent, the need for donkeys decreased, and their care did as well.

Then, in the 1970s, a disease spread through the donkey community that wiped out a great deal of their population. The people at the Aruban Donkey Sanctuary knew that something must be done, and finally in 1997 the non-profit organization opened its doors.

Visitors are welcome to come explore the property and learn about the friendly animal in between relaxing on the porch with a cold drink, coffee, tea, or ice cream. Volunteers are always available to answer questions and you can even volunteer to help with feedings and cleaning beginning at 9:00 a.m.

Donkey Sanctuary Aruba


Donkey Sanctuary Aruba is located on the island of Aruba, it's to the east of Oranjestad.

Take route 4A from the hotels. At the Pizza Hut in Paradera take a left turn. At the second intersection, just before Ayo Rock formation, you will find the white and brown road signs to the sanctuary and within 5 minutes you'll arrive.

Nearby Restaurants

After spending some time at the nature preserve you find your stomach stomach growling, there's any easy solution -- you can find a wide variety of dining options in the general vicinity. The most frequented nearby eatery to Donkey Sanctuary Aruba is Avallone's Ristorante, which offers Italian meals. Jumbo Bar-Restaurant and MC Dushi Bagels are some more nearby lunch and dinner possibilities where visitors will be able to enjoy the local cuisine in Aruba.

Nearby Attractions

Active travelers that like nature preserves, and have the energy to view some others, should consider Arikok National Park and Bubali Bird Sanctuary; the first is three and a half miles to the southeast of Donkey Sanctuary Aruba. You'll find some additional attractions nearby, including Natural Bridge, which is one and a quarter miles away near Noord. Also think about heading over to Aruba Ostrich Adventures, which is another attraction in the vicinity.

There are options for close-by activities so you won't get bored. The following table contains a list of attractions nearby.

Attractions Near Donkey Sanctuary Aruba
Attraction Type Distance Direction Location
Natural Bridge -- 1.2 mi. (8.4 km) NNE 5.2 mi. East-Southeast of Noord
Aruba Ostrich Adventures Other Attraction 1.8 mi. (6.2 km) NW Bushiribana
Bushiribana Historic Site 2.2 mi. (6.1 km) NNW Bushiribana
Balashi Gold Mill Ruins Historic Site 2.9 mi. (8.4 km) S 5.2 mi. Southeast of Oranjestad
Park Curazon -- 3.1 mi. (3.7 km) NW Jaburibari
Fontein Caves GeoFeature 4.4 mi. (14.7 km) ESE 9.1 mi. East of Oranjestad
Noord Mountain Park -- -- -- Sabana Lider
Aruba Numismatic Museum Museum 4.7 mi. (0.9 km) W Oranjestad

More Information


The Sanctuary is open from 9:00am to 4:00pm during the week, and 10:00am to 3:00pm on Saturday and Sunday.

However, the opening hours are expected to change in early 2015, so you may want to refer to their website for the most up-to-date hours.


While there is no cost to visit the Sanctuary, donations are what keep this habitat afloat. You can even adopt a donkey!


Sta Lucia 4a, Aruba


(297) 584-1063



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