Good year for Dutch zoos in 2008
More than 10.5 million visitors visited zoos in the Netherlands last year.THE NETHERLANDS – More than 10.5 million visitors came through the turnstiles of Dutch zoos last year according to the Dutch association of zoos,
The figure is 150,000 more than in 2007.
Amsterdam's famous Artis zoo booked a record number of 1.25 million visitors last year. The zoo, which dates from 1838 and is located east of the city centre, puts the extra interest down to recent innovations at the zoo.
The zoo recently opened a new Lemur island where visitors can get up close to primates from Madagascar. Visitors can learn more about how the Lemurs’ natural habitats are destroyed and therefore endangering their species. There is also a breeding project for Lemurs.
Zoos in the Netherlands expect this year to be a busy one too, with 2009 being the European Year of the Carnivore.
[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]
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