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Apenheul, Apeldoorn

4.4
#2 of 26 in Outdoors in Gelderland Province
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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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  • We were here for the second time. Today it was very very busy. Yet we can look. My man walks on crutches and the entrance can be made by 1 euro (which you later return) borrow a wheelchair. Very nice day. Too bad the municipality car park costs 8 euros. I find that quite pricey.
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  • Nice park, not too busy and doing good with multiple limited daughter. Catering a little on the pricey side. Only, which toilets eh! DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!
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  • It was a fun day out, do a final walk from the parking lot to the entrance, but also so we could go through at checkout. Very nice that the monkeys run free at all and that there is conducted at certain times with explanations of the monkeys.
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  • Amazing zoo with mostly monkeys. The squirrel monkey and some other monkeys even run free. They sit on you and children love it. However when someone tries to pet the squirrel monkey they bite because there scared, so have your kids under control. You can spend your whole day in this amazing zoo, worth the trip!
  • 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!
  • Some small monkey species walk freely here in some parts of the park.
  • 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

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Apeldoorn and its surrounding area boast the highest concentration of developed campgrounds and bungalow parks in the Netherlands, offering casual lodging for backpackers and other travelers averse to booking their stay months in advance. If you prefer to stay within walking distance of Apeldoorn's major attractions, consider one of the mid-range hotels near the city center. For a quintessential Dutch experience, stay at a cozy guesthouse on the outskirts and rent a bike for all your sightseeing around town.
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