The oldest zoo in the Netherlands
The Artis Zoo was founded in 1838, which makes it the Netherlands oldest zoo. In the zoo you will find more than 900 species of animals as well as over 250 varieties of trees including the oldest monumental tree in Amsterdam, the Heimans Oak that has stood since at least 1750. Within the beautifully landscaped gardens are some of the city’s listed buildings including the Aquarium that was built in 1882!
Facilities and Language
The facilities at the zoo are considered to be excellent and all the signage including information boards at the animal enclosures are written in English among other languages.
Highlights of the zoo
Lemur land is a popular attraction as these cheeky animals can be seen stretching out in the sun. Feeding time at the sea lion enclosure always draws a large crowd of onlookers at 11.30am and 15.45pm. On the Savannah you can see animals such as giraffes, zebras, springboks, ostriches and gnus as they graze with a background of the Entrepotdok canal. In the gorilla house you can witness the antics of a family unit of gorillas.
Planetarium, Insectarium and Aquarium
In the planetarium you can witness the visual exhibition of stars and outer space. The insectarium houses a large collection of several varieties of creepy crawlies while in the aquarium there is an assortment of tropical fish.
Not an ordinary kitchen, take a look through the kitchen windows to view the meals being prepared for the residents of the zoo. The kitchen, known as the Pheasantry is where the staff at Artis Zoo prepares all the meals for the animals.
Good for the kids
Artis is an excellent location for kids to learn while they roam and enjoy being close to so many animals. It can get very busy, particularly during the school holidays. Close to the zoo entrance there is a small petting zoo. Other popular attractions for children include playgrounds where they can run off any excess energy.
This public space adjoining the zoo is open daily from 7am until 11.30pm. The attractions include a flamingo pond and aviary.