When traveling to Aruba in the Caribbean, there are a number of things that come to mind regarding the day’s activities … but going to the donkey sanctuary is probably not one of those ;) But yes, last time I was there, three of us decided to get a taxi and head on out that way. We spent a few hours at the sanctuary, petting, feeding and grooming some of the donkeys, chatting to the volunteers there and generally just enjoying our afternoon out.
I bought a children’s book at the shop and the lady who runs the sanctuary (the author of this beautifully illustrated little story book) was kind enough to sign the front for me, personalising it for Gabriel, the lucky “young man” who has by now been gifted with the book.
“Founded in 1997 as a non-profit and completely volunteer run organization, our mission is simple. Save the Donkeys! Although not originally native to the small island of Aruba, they have existed here for 500 years having been the primary mode of transportation until cars began to be introduced on the island in increasing numbers. At that point, many Arubans no longer had the 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. …”
Excerpt taken from the Donkey Sanctuary Aruba website .
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