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What can you expect?
This new area is being developed into an additional free-roaming primates area. A surprising final experience, just before you arrive at the shop and leave the park after a wonderful day out. As with all our other areas, we are renewing this area to benefit primates, human and nature:
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- A surprising experience with free-roaming talapoins—this is not done anywhere else in the world and is not yet a proven concept. Despite years of experience with free-roaming primates, it is, of course, quite exciting!
- The primates in this area will have a brand-new indoor enclosure, where you can see them even in bad weather! The indoor enclosure will have an indoor gallery where the animals can be seen in less favourable weather conditions, just like the callitrichid enclosure in the food forest that opened in 2020.
- In addition to the free-roaming primates, you will encounter various native and non-native animal species such as turtles, kingfishers and reptiles. There will be a flower meadow, a moat, a green bridge and a kingfisher wall to stimulate local nature and biodiversity.
- And there is more! We will be planting native deciduous trees, shrubs, plants and flowers. In total, we are planting more new trees than we are removing. None native coniferous trees have made way for native deciduous trees.
- The merry-go-round, which used to be in this area, has been placed in storage. We will determine its new location this autumn.
Apenheul stands for stimulating the love of animals and nature. So, naturally, we build as sustainably as possible. The animal facilities meet the latest animal welfare insights and our zookeepers’ functional requirements. Where possible, we will reuse landscape materials, including several large boulders scattered around the area and the wood from the existing trail.
Apenheul’s green character is also central to the new area. We stimulate the natural environment and biodiversity. Some of the non-native coniferous trees will make way for new, indigenous (deciduous) trees and (low) plantings, shrubs and wildflower mixtures.
Open in spring 2023
Due to the size of this project, it will take some time to complete. You can already see how we are developing the area. We hope you enjoy seeing what happens and what is to come. If everything goes as expected, we will be ready in the spring of 2023. In the meantime, the animals have enough time to get used to their new environment, and nature can develop fully.