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Apenheul, Apeldoorn

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Walk among apes and monkeys in a natural forest environment at Apenheul. Opened in 1971, the zoo was the first in the world to house primates in open environments where visitors could interact with them. Now home to more than 30 different primates, including bonobos, gorillas, and orangutans, the facility promotes conservation, as well as love and understanding of primates. Grab a front row seat at a feeding session. The knowledgeable staff member running the show will answer any questions. If you're lucky, a curious monkey might climb on you. Work out when and for how long to visit Apenheul and other Apeldoorn attractions using our handy Apeldoorn holiday planner.
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TripAdvisor
  • This park is an excellent monkey-park. All the species monkies from the whole planet live here, in beautiful surroundings, as natural as you can get. The park is also educational about our environment...  more »
  • Visited Apenheul in the morning of 3rd May as our flight home was 7.00 pm and we were staying in Apeldoorn and this was ideal as we could spend a few hours here before getting the train to Schipol in ...  more »
  • We visited with our grandchildren who are aged between 6 and 11. They really enjoyed the visit and couldn't stop talking about it for days! I was loth to rain on their enthusiasm, but I have travelled...  more »
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  • On May 28, 2017 I went to vist Apenheul. Apenheul is one of the worst animal zoo in the world. There are almost no monkeys to watch at all. Many of the sightseeing points are empty. Unlike what these Dutch people say that there are hundred different species of apes, you will find about 3-4 types only. e.g. chimpanzee, orangutan, small monkeys with white hair and black face(dun know their names). There is NO gorilla in this zoo but their web site shows that they have!!! The small white mickeys are the most common species in the zoo. All animals are unhealthy, sad and dying in this zoo. The only 4 chimpanzee in this zoo are losing hair, weak and lying on dirty floor. The glass cage is very small. Children are terrorizing small animals and their parents are laughing and encouraging them. Orangutans are lying in open field and not moving. There are only 3 of them. I think that they are dying soon. All the display windows of animal shelters are full of dried liquid, fingerprints, hand palm stains and scratches at all. The Dutch people and the tourists are abusing these animals daily but they are making 10 millions euro every year(yearly income listed in their web sites). The web sites list 28 sightseeing points but many of them are children playground of wooden houses and bridges hanging in the trees. Mechanical carousel at site no. 28 is the final point without apes, too. Finally the entry price is too expensive for this junk yard!
  • No monkeys out and about when we were there. But still an amazing place and worth the visit
  • Nice facilities , very good park !! The fact that monkeys are flying over your head is amazing. The prices for drinks and food are also good
  • The happiest place on earth. I have had a year card for four years. I never get tired of visiting.
  • Nice park, the monkies are walking near you once in a while but are not allowed to be feed. The park is quite big so you get quite tired at the end of it.