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Donkeys are not native to the island of Aruba. They were introduced on the island over 500 years ago as a mode of transportation. Once Arubans had cars there was no longer a need for donkeys. Most were released into the wild to fend for themselves. In 1997 the Donkey Sanctuary Aruba made it their mission to save the wild donkeys from being injured by cars or mistreated. Their volunteers provide health care, fresh water, food and loving attention. Visitors can stop by to assist with morning chores or if you prefer to simply visit, admission is free of charge. Donations are greatly appreciated and go towards the upkeep of the animals. Also do not forget to bring some of the donkey’s favorite treats- apples and carrots. Combine your visit with a stop at the nearby Ayo Rock Formations.