Natura Artis Magistra, commonly known as Artis, offers winding paths, majestic trees, and monumental historic buildings that ... More
Artis Royal Zoo
Natura Artis Magistra, commonly known as Artis, offers winding paths, majestic trees, and monumental historic buildings that give it a special, 19th-century atmosphere. The on-site zoo hosts more than 8000 animals, two museums, a planetarium and a magnificent aquarium. Courses ranging from astrology to drawing can also be taken here. See website for complete list of attractions, admission prices, and other visitor information.
I have been to a lot of zoos,and I think Artis is one of the best.A lots of animals were on display.Some of the enclosures were a bit old and unsuitable for the animal.But generally,it was OK.I personally enjoyed the reptile and aquarium displays.There was also a building which housed nocturnal animals.The only problem with the zoo is probably the confussing zoo map.
Good day out - went back on our second visit to Amsterdam too. Takes longer than you think to go round, and gets quite tiring - it's massive! Most of the animals look well cared for. Lots of different indoor areas as well as lots to see outside - monkey house, reptile house, insect house, aquarium. Outside were the usual suspects - more monkeys, elephants, giraffes, big cats, etc, etc. The planetarium was ok, but we went to see Bert and Ernie and it was all in Dutch, so that was a bit of a waste of time.
I'm not that big on zoos to begin with, but figured in a city as large and progressive as Amsterdam, some modern thought might have gone into the zoo, as well. My children and I were downright shocked at some of the cages in use. Two tigers were crowded into a tiny concrete-and-bars pen, one pacing back and forth incessantly. My children still don't like the memory of it all. Amsterdam is wonderful; but give the zoo a pass.
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