A zoo where the animals rule - that’s the general feel of Apenheul. The apes and monkeys of this zoo are free to roam where they please, allowing you to interact with them in a unique way. A very special experience.

  • You can literally come eye to eye with the monkeys: over hald of them is on the loose amid the visitors.
  • Discover all about the inhabitants of Apenheul with the caretaker presentations.
  • Apenheul is easily accessibile to wheelchair users and prams.
J.C. Wilslaan 21
7313HK Apeldoorn
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One moment the monkeys are in the branches above your head, the other moment they’re sitting right on top of you! You are a guest between monkeys that walk around freely in this spacious, green habitat. Apenheul is a world-famous zoo that is home to several monkey and ape communities, including gorilla’s, chimpanzees and orangutans.

The Idea behind Apenheul

In 1971, Wim Mager decided to open a park with monkeys that walked around freely. The monkeys started reproducing and the babiess were raised by the mothers themselves, which was unique for zoos at that time. It proved that the monkeys were doing very well. From that time on, Apenheul has developed into a full research center that attracts primatologists and visitors from all over the world.

A Revolutionary Zoo

Visit this revolutionary zoo and come face to face with the monkeys of Apenheul. It’s a unique experience between humans and animals and a memory that will last you a lifetime. Don’t worry about your personal belongings, because you’ll get a 100% monkey-proof bag before you enter their habitat. Do check in advance whether the park is open or not.

Opening hours

Apenheul is open from April until November.

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