Dutch households who like to spend the day out during the summer holidays now pay more to do so than five years ago. The costs involved in a day out on average increased more than consumer prices over the past five years, Statistics Netherlands reported on Wednesday. Entrance fees for museums, zoos, and amusement parks in particular saw a significant increase.
A 12-year-old boy was hurt on Friday when he fell off a footbridge and landed four meters below in a cave. The accident happened at an old bat cave at the Diergaarde Blijdorp, the zoo in Rotterdam.
Rescuers already at the zoo were able to retrieve the boy. He was in a stable condition, an emergency services spokesperson told Nu.nl. His injuries were not disclosed.
It all happened around 2 p.m. when the boy wanted to give his grandmother a scare at the site. He crept out onto a walkway that is open to the public, and ended up slipping off the footpath.
Four bears killed a wolf in the Dierenrijk zoo in Mierlo on Monday. Several visitors to the zoo saw the incident happen. Why the bears attacked the wolf is not clear, a spokesperson for the zoo said to Eindhovens Dagblad.
A video shows the wolf being torn apart by three bears. Two other wolves tried to intervene, but were kept at a distance by a fourth bear.
The Avifauna bird park proudly welcomed a new resident. A baby kiwi recently hatched at the zoo. This is the first time ever that a kiwi is born in the Netherlands. Only 16 zoos around the world have a breeding program for kiwis. And Avifauna in Alphen aan den Rijn is the only zoo where a kiwi hatched this year, the zoo announced on Thursday.
A massive shipment fish that the Rotterdam police seized in a drug bust last month, is being donated to zoos and aquariums in the Netherlands, the Public Prosecutor announced. It involves thousands of kilograms of hake and cod that were used to hide 1,125 kilograms of cocaine from Ecuador.
Visiting a Dutch zoo is increasingly expensive, but they are also increasingly popular. Over the past five years ticket prices increased by an average of 17 percent, and visitor numbers at zoos in the Netherlands increased by 11 percent in four years, RTL Nieuws reports based on its own research.
The broadcaster compared the current ticket prices of all zoos affiliated with the Dutch association of zoos NVD to the prices from 2012. On average the ticket price for an adult increased by 3 euros, with outliers of 5 or even 9 euros.
The Dutch theme parks and zoos are doing very well, especially thanks to foreign tourists, according to a report by ABN Amro economists. Tourists are attracted to the quality of the theme parks, easily available accommodation and the relatively low entrance prices, the researchers conclude, AD reports.
The researchers predict a 3 percent increase in the number of visitors this year, should the current weather predictions hold, and a 2.5 percent increase next year. Foreign tourists, especially from Germany and Belgium, account for a significant part of this growth.
Baby elephant Sanuk, born at the Artis zoo in Amsterdam on Sunday, explored outside for the first time on Thursday afternoon, the zoo said on Twitter.
The baby Asian elephant stayed close to mother Thong Tai and hid under her belly from the rain, a spokesperson for the zoo said to news wire ANP. After some time outside, the mother and calf went back to their enclosure.
A group of six lions were introduced to a brand new habitat, created specifically for them, at ZooParc Overloon on Wednesday.
With a thumbs up from Artis Zoo Director Haig Balian, demolition of one of the oldest structures at the Amsterdam institution began. The old animal cages that houses the big cats stood since the zoo's creation in 1838.
Artis Zoo is getting rid of its small cages in favor of larger, lifelike residence areas as a part of its ongoing reorganization. This implies giving up on many larger animals inhabiting the zoo. The animals to remain in the zoo will thus have more space available to them.
A hungry lion found itself with its head stuck in a feeding barrel at the Dierenrijk zoo in Nuenen, Noord Brabant over the weekend. The startled African lion panicked as it could not see its cage anymore and started running around desperately in effort to get the barrel off, AD writes.
Hakuna, called the oldest crocodile in any zoo worldwide, died this week, the Rotterdam Zoo announced. Its exact age was not revealed, but was known to be more than 85 years of age.
The Netherlands' baby twin polar bears had their first outing this Thursday.
In the Burgers Zoo in Arnhem, a Sumatran tiger cub was born last night. The birth was live streamed via a video camera inside the birthing area.
An apparently clairvoyant meerkat from the Dierenpark zoo in Amersfoort has predicted correctly the outcomes of all of the matches The Netherlands have played thus far in the World Cup.
Three Siberian tiger cubs were born in Dierenpark Amersfoort on Friday morning. This is mother Angara's first litter. Mother and cubs are doing fine.
A giraffe has been pictured saying a touching last farewell to a zoo co-worker, who was dying of cancer.
The false gharial, also known as the Malayan gharial or false gavial, that arrived at Amsterdam zoo Artis last year, has passed away. According to Artis, the dominant mating behavior of the male gharial was what killed her.
What happened to the hamadryas baboons in Emmen Zoo, is anyone's guess. The large group of hysterical monkeys is already a couple of days upset. "They have eaten a little more this Wednesday morning, but afterwards all of them hurried into the trees and high up the rock," says biologist Wijbren Landman of the zoo in Emmen.
I am traumatized by the constant yelling of the sea lion Fernandez,” says 80-year-old mrs. Nevenzeel who lives besides Artis, the Amsterdam zoo. “I am jewish by birth and now I have to hide again. I don’t open my windows and doors anymore.” Nevenzeel contacted the State Council to change the policy of the zoo.