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Sunday, May 13, 2012
Amsterdam Artis Royal Zoo
blogs ago, we explored some of the fascinating things that the world
famous San Diego Zoo offers visitors. In this blog, I will be
highlighting one of my very favorite zoo institutions in the world, the Artis Royal Zoo
in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
This zoo is one of Europe's very oldest, and
presents an interesting green, natural contrast to the commotion and
canals of the city. However, this zoo is not only renowned for its age
or location, but also some very unique features and innovative exhibit
designs. Artis features over 700 animal species in various structures
(aquarium, butterfly pavilion, and insectarium, etc-.
Additionally, as someone who is very interested in animal habitat
design and enrichment, Artis does a world-class job with creating unique
animal-visitor interactions through exhibits. For example, after
visitors go through the main entrance, the plaza opens up to a large
outdoor exhibit with camels and yaks. But, the exhibit does not have a
fence or any guardrails, rather a skinny, shallow moat encircling the
exhibit, so visitors feel very close to the animals, with no
"artificial" barriers. I was particularly impressed with another
excellent example, the ring-tailed lemur exhibit. This incredible
exhibit was an open area through which visitors could actually walk.
There were no fences, no guardrails, no cages, no barriers at all, and
the lemurs could swing beside visitors or walk alongside them, often
during feedings when they came down from the trees. This was truly a
fantastic experience, and a real treat for zoo-goers who become
frustrated with thick-glassed exhibits.
Enjoy the pictures, and consider
strongly visiting the Artis Royal Zoo when traveling through