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His­tory

His­tor­i­cal narrative

Apen­heul began in 1971 as a small but rev­o­lu­tion­ary zoo. The first and only zoo in the world(!) where mon­keys can roam freely in the for­est and are also free to walk around the vis­i­tors, which allows close envoun­ters to hap­pen. The zoo began with the woolly mon­keys, the spi­der mon­keys and a few other small species. In a short period of time it was proven that not only the vis­i­tors, but also the mon­keys were sat­is­fied with this con­cept. The free­dom allowed the ani­mals to inter­act more nat­u­rally com­pared to other cap­tive envi­ron­ments. It deliv­ered ideal social groups and per­fect repro­duc­tion.The breed­ing suc­cesses were the main rea­son for Apen­heul to expand and to grad­u­ally acquire other pri­mate species. The gorilla, the biggest of all apes, came in 1976. These fine ani­mals were, by the way, not allowed to get in to close phys ical con­tact with the vis­i­tors, of course. Three years later, in 1979, the first gorilla babies were born, fol­lowed by many more. Every baby was raised in the gorilla group by the mother and this was very unique in those days! All those suc­cesses brought not only more vis­i­tors to Apen­heul, but also pri­ma­tol­o­gists (pri­mate sci­en­tists) from all around the world who came to see “the com­pleted mas­ter­piece”.

(Source: web­site Apenheul)

Goal: 7000 tigers in the wild

Tiger range countries map

Tiger map” (CC BY 2.5) by Sander­son et al., 2006.

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