Apenheul, Apeldoorn

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#2 of 21 in Outdoors in Gelderland Province
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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  • August 17, 2017
    Search the monkey Zoo ' de apenheul ' once upon a fun experience for large and small, most monkeys run simply loose. However, do not.
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  • August 17, 2017
    We have been here a couple of times, and have seen different monkeys the second time around. Very interesting to be able to see them up close. I was a bit concerned when I saw monkeys climbing on an e...  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    Nice park but quite far away from the General parking lot, too few disabled places that also still in a dead-end street and then if you have to drive backwards if you, one hand drive is pretty tricky. At the beginning of the route to the monkey Zoo ' de apenheul ' runs are wheelchairs for people who really need them. You have a long way to work around a mountain expire you afterwards if you by mountain and forest. Inside there are lots of hills. There are in different places eat and playgrounds.
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  • July 5, 2017
    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!
  • June 9, 2017
    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!
  • July 5, 2017
    Some small monkey species walk freely here in some parts of the park.
  • June 14, 2017
    No monkeys out and about when we were there. But still an amazing place and worth the visit
  • May 14, 2017
    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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