Not quite a zoo, not quite a theme park
Some zoos are planned according to geographic regions, zoo Amersfoort has created thematic areas. Not quite a zoo, not quite a theme park, Disney World takes a dash of both. General manager Van Daele from 1997–2004 had been a board member of the amusement park De Efteling.
Harnessed rhinoceroses and penguins that reputedly have the highest feather density are playing a defined role in the context of the theme of protection showing how these animals are protected from predators and disease, but not from human exploitation.
Not quite a zoo, not quite a theme park
Some zoos are planned according to geographic regions, zoo Amersfoort has created thematic areas. Not quite a zoo, not quite a theme park, Disney World takes a dash of both. Harnessed rhinoceroses and penguins that reputedly have the highest feather density are playing a defined role in the context of the theme of protection showing how these animals are protected from predators and disease, but not from human exploitation.
1956 Asian elephants in the Animal Park. The old surrounding wall is still visible.
Launch of the amazing Ancient City where imagination has taken over. In the Ancient City, one can come face-to-face with a magnificent white tiger as thick glass plates create some sort of landscape immersion. The landscape is King Darius' Palace though, including a vaguely resembling throne. The zoo aims to show the role animals played in ancient societies, using elements from old cultures, although animal abuse used to be an art form in some of these old traditions.
Landscape immersion is intended to immerse the visitor in the same wilderness as the animal: sensing together.
There is a camel market and a toboggan ending up in a lion den. Bald ibises have built nests in the niches of the ancient city wall pretty close to the path walked by the zoo visitors. The Ancient city projec cost €3,5 million which is greater than the original cost estimate of approximately 6 million Dutch guilders.
The design is by the zoo itself.
Animal Park Amersfoort is expanded 6,5 hectares by converting a part of an adjacent area. Launch of theme the Night, a jungle-by-night pavillion. The Eneco energy boulevard is opened too and a collection of stuffed animals has been added to the zoological museum.
2004 New logo
and a new tagline: Zoo Amersfoort, a bunch of adventure!
Renovation and expansion of the elephant compound including two paddocks, a mud pool plus a pond and a pen for the bull. Also a corridor for the zoo staff. An employee tells that they are using the protected contact technique - - a fence or device between man and animal - which is safer for keepers. Cables and wires hang around trees and along the fence line. There are viewing areas and a stand.
Launch of Land of the Giants part one. At 750 square meters the new indoor elephant enclosure would be the largest in the Netherlands.
From 2010 onwards, the animal park is developing the concept of the themed zoo further.
1948 Two school friends, the hospitality expert Piet Knoester and animal nerd Wim Tertoolen open the zoo together called Animal Park Birkenhoven. The startup includes some farm animals, a monkey and a Asiatic black bear.
1960 Chimpanzees in Animal Park Amersfoort
1968 Berenboemel: a ridable miniature railway.
1988 Ark of Amersfoort
1989 African plains
The Labyrinth of the Dwarfs goes live with golden-headed lions tamarin, tiny wallabies and tiny little owls.
Adaptation of the aviary at the entrance, an enclosure for former parakeet pets open to the public.
Land of Giants part two opens. The outdoor elephant enclosure covers 3300 square meters including a pond.
Kingdom of the Beaks, an expedition along storks and pelicans in the Great Wilderness.
The Forest, a fake Dutch forest with Dutch forest animals.
Nice to visit a zoo where the animal exhibits are not divided into regions of the world. The Disneyfication level is pretty high and has an obviously effect on children. The style can be attributed to Van Daele, general manager from 1997 to the end of 2004. Amusement park The Efteling was his previous employer.
Zoo maps animal park Amersfoort
- Species: 150 in 2015
- 47 acres
- 685.000 vs 792.152
- Themed or amusement park