Visit the Aruba Donkey Sanctuary

For more than 500 years, donkeys were the primary means of transportation in Aruba. When cars arrived on the island, Arubans didn’t need their donkeys and released them into the wild. As more vehicles and people inhabited the island, donkeys were injured or killed by vehicles and disease. When the donkeys nearly became extinct, the remaining 20 wild donkeys were given food, shelter and medical care at a donkey sanctuary created by a non-profit, volunteer organization. If you visit the sanctuary earlier in the day, you can help with the daily chores and feeding the donkeys. Bring some apples and carrots with you on your visit. Those treats are the donkeys’ favorite snacks.