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Burgers Zoo - general info , history
Johan Burgers had an pheasant collection in the beginning of last century...in 1923 his collection became to big for 's-heerenberg and he decided to move to Arnhem.
Burgers zoo has always been a progressive zoo. It had the first big cats enclosure in the Netherlands without bar.
In 1968 the first safaripark in the European mainland was opened, in 1971 the chimpanzee island...
In the eighties a new way of displaying animals became popular. A few animals together from the same area in a larger enclosure.
1988 the Bush and in 1994 Burgers desert opened. Recently there was also an ocean added...
But please keep on reading if we are going to take a closer look at the exhibits...
- Theme Park Trips
Great zoo with probably the biggest and most impressive aquarium in the zooworld. They don't call it Burgers' Ocean for nothing. Also very nice is Burgers' bush, a tropical forest hall in Holland. You have to look carefully to discover all the animals and birds that live there. Burgers' is certainly not a traditional zoo.
But, of course, for monkeys, lemurs and apes, you really have to go to Apenheul in Apeldoorn. Only 25 Km north of Arnhem.
Feeling like you want to see some animals? Arnhem probably has the country's best ZOO. Not only because of the lack of caged animals (apart from some exceptions, most live in a nice area) but also because of the large indoor area's which make this ZOO a good choice during winter or rainy days.
The park exists of several area's. There's the classic outdoor area with animals on display.
There's a safari part where you can walk around and see some wild animals on a large open space. And what makes the park most interesting are the indoor area's (see also my other tips on these).
There are 4 ecosystems in the park. All covered and pretty hot (perfect for rainy days or cold winters). There's a jungle where most birds fly around freely. A Mangrove forest, also here animals walk around freely, there's a desert with a cave system and there's a stunning aquarium.
Entrance is approximately ?16,- for adults, providing entrance to all areas in the park.
As the Zoo is close to Germany, 99% of the Zoo is bilingual, making it very easy for German-speakers to visit.
It's a very nice place to spend a day. On one and the same day you can “visit” Africa, Safari, Desert and Ocean.
The animals here are kept like in the real nature.
I liked a set of cafes located in beautiful places of the Zoo.
Sitting in a cafe is a great way to enjoy a beautiful view and wild animals.
- Family Travel
A tropical rain forest in the Netherlands? And a desert!! Yes! Moreover, a safari park, a mangrove forest and the ocean. Where? In Burger’s Zoo in Arnhem. If you are in Arnhem, a visit to the Burger’s Zoo is a must. Johan Burgers founded the zoo in 1913 in 's Heerenberg. In 1923, the zoo moves to Arnhem in order to obtain larger grounds. In 1968 Burger’s opens the Safari Park, followed by the world- famous chimpanzee habitat in 1971, the Bush in 1988, the Mangrove Wood in 1992 and the Desert in 1994. In Burgers’ Bush you meet plants and animals that can exist only in a tropical rain forest ecosystem. The conditions of this ecosystem are replicated in Burger’s Bush quite successfully, with the temperature to remain between 22o and 30o C day and night. In the desert you will come across a North American rocky landscape with cacti, yuccas, mammals, birds and reptiles. Giraffes, rhinos, lions, cheetahs and other wild animals can be observed from a 200-metre long covered footbridge in the safari park, while “diving” in Burger’s Ocean someone can see several species such as corals, sponges, schools of fish, sharks and many more! Watching –or being watched from- the gorilla family and the colony of chimpanzees is fascinating. Hundreds of birds and other animals are waiting everyday for the numerous visitors.
Daily all year round
9 to 7 pm April – October
November – March 9 to sunset
Entrance fees 15 euro
Burger's Zoo takes up...
Burger's Zoo takes up approximately 18 hectares of the total park and houses more than 3,000 animals. With regard to keeping animals, Burgers' has developed its own philosophy. Keywords are 'behaviour, 'space' and 'natural'. The inhabitants of the park include all three species of anthropoid apes, smaller monkeys, bongos, elephants, stokstaartjes, sealions, pinguïns, meerkats, animals of prey, cows, nocturnal animals and many species of birds.
Burgers Zoo part I
Burgers Zoo was opened on 31 March 1913 for the public. The Zoo was owned by Johan Burgers. Till today the Zoo is still family owned.
Burgers Zoo has arreas with themes. These themes are:
Enter the colourfull world of the rainforest. You will experience the humid heat, dense vegetation, smells and sounds. While walking through the bush, you will find animals walking around. Like birds, lizzards and fruit bats.
The desert looks like one from the Sonora & Mojave desert in Arizona (USA) and the north of Mexico. Depending on the season it can be really hot or freezing cold. You will find these plants/trees: cactus, agave, yucca and short leaved trees & bushes. In this rocky landscape there are living colourfull sining-birds & turkey vultures, peccary, bighorn and bobcats.
The tropical coral reef. You will find hundreds of colourfull fish, a giant coral reef with corals and sponges.
In the tropics exist special tidal forests. These salt water tidal forests are called mangroves. The trees have there roots in these waters. When you walk through the Mangrove you will find Darters, mangrove heron, river turtles and sail lizards.
The east African savannah. At the Zoo you will see cheetahs and a lyon family. You can watch them from a wooden observation hut. You will also see giraffes, zebras, waterbucks, kudus and gnus/wildebeest.
The Malaysian rainforest. At the rainforest you will find aninmal species that are living up here: Malaysian bears, siamangs, laponders, deers, bantengs and impressive Asian cattles. You will also find pythons and dragons.
You can enter the Zoo every day of the year. Including public holidays.
The fares for the Zoo are (till 31 March 2011):
0 till 3 years free
4 till 9 years € 16.50
10 till 64 years € 18.50
65 years and older € 17.50 (you have to bring your ID with you)
At the till of the Zoo you can buy a coin for the parking place. This will cost you € 3.
Dogs and other pets are not allowed at the Zoo.
- Road Trip
Berger's Zoo was just as interesting for the four adults attending as the one four-year old. There were 7 (I think) different "areas" to walk, learn, explore and play. I used the word, area for lack of a better term. For example, the ocean starts with a path above the coral and small marine life. You begin to wade deeper, ocean getting deeper around you as you descend down the meandering path, until the ocean habitat surrounds you completely. It's nothing like I have experienced and I grew up attending the San Diego Zoo. (A fabulous zoo.) and the Seattle Aquarium. I didn't feel like we were looking at massive fishtanks, I felt like I was just witnessing oceanic life. Apply that creativity and innovative approach to the other exhibits and you have the Berger's Zoo.
We spend 5 hours there and could have spent more if our wee-one wasn't getting burnt at both ends. We were here in the winter, I hear the summer can get quite crowded.
Be sure to save some time and energy for the Adventure Land. It's not just for the kiddies.
A place worth the time and money.
Go to the Burgers Zoo, Bush ,...
Go to the Burgers Zoo, Bush , Desert,Ocean, it is all in one, a great place to go.
You can watch animals from the dexert, the ocean, the bush and every other place, just at one big zoo, in their natural enviroment
Have fun in Burgers Zoo.
You should visit Burgers Zoo in Arnhem, it is the best zoo in The Netherlands and very educational. It is very well kept, clean and the animanls are well taking care of.
You can get to Burgers Zoo easily from the Central train/bus station in Arnhem. Take bus line 1 or 3 that says Burgers Zoo. It's a 15 minute bus drive from the station to the zoo.
Burgers Zoo at Arnhem
went here some time ago but hadnt any pics anymore so just a picture how ro drive
Certainly worth a visit i remember my kids loved it a lot. more info
- Family Travel
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