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Apenheul Primate Park

Organisation type: 
Zoo / aquarium
Location: 
J.C. Wilslaan 21-31
7313 HK Apeldoorn
Netherlands

Apenheul is a zoo in the Dutch city of Apeldoorn specialized in apes and monkeys. It opened in 1971 and was the first zoo in the world where apes and monkeys could walk around freely in the forest and between the visitors.

Apenheul is an idealistic foundation, our mission is nature conservation through nature education

“Education about nature preservation”: this is one of the many objectives at Apenheul and nobody can help present this objective better than the monkeys themselves. For this reason, Apenheul calls the monkeys “the rainforest Ambassadors”.

Apenheul works actively at preserving the primate species in the wild. This is achieved by working with other zoos worldwide. An example of this partnership is the Breeding Program for Endangered Species. Behavioural studies are also performed at Apenheul. This acquired knowledge is used to help the nature conservationists study the monkeys in the wild and preserve their natural habitats. Apenheul yearly gives a part of the revenues directly to projects related to nature preservation in the Tropics.