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Apenheul, Apeldoorn
(4.4/5 based on 650 reviews on the web)
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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  • If you are in the surroundings of Apeldoorn, a visit the monkey Zoo ' de apenheul ' visit. On several spots run monkeys among the visitors by what a visit, especially for children, very special. Make sure you have stopped your stuff well in a special bag, because certainly the squirrel monkeys are very smart and quick to grab something off of you! There are many information panels with background information on the monkeys. Also go to the feed moments on some spots in the park; These are very informative and the monkeys are active!
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  • Fun to go for a few hours. Some of the monkeys runs loose, but still very different than in Asia where they you are really ' tricky '.
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  • Beautiful and spacious park with stray monkeys. A lot of different monkeys! Sufficient public house and shops where the stray monkeys can't come.
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  • Not your average zoo. The best part is experiencing and engaging with free roaming squirrel monkeys! Loved the educational, fun walk looking at the various types of monkeys. Beautiful park and great place to bring children. Would have liked to see more proper care and respect for animals, as many visitors were using flash directly in the face of the orangutans behind glass and some children inappropriately screaming and chasing free roaming birds or monkeys.
  • De Apelheul is a very fun 'zoo' which a nice variety of monkeys and apes. The landscaping is lovely and I would probably still have enjoyed the park even if there hadn't been any animals to look at. The only downside to our visit was that it was extremely busy. Too crowded to really walk around comfortably. Be sure to check their website where you can see how busy they expect certain dates to be.
  • Very nice zoo that specialises in monkeys and apes. Great enclosures and beautiful area, also around the zoo. Educational for children and fun for adults as well. Seeing some of the monkeys roam around freely is very exciting.
  • Lots of monkeys. Although the people are also fun to watchh. For good pictures you need a pretty big telephoto lens. Gift shop is disappointing.
  • Enjoyed this park! Monkeys are everywhere and love people, special buggies :-D you must be careful, they can steal something! Much better than a typical zoo! Only the food is not too good, so maybe better have your own ;-)