Dierenpark Emmen

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Dierenpark Emmen
Dierenpark Emmen is well known for its large colony of Humboldt penguins
Date opened 1935
Location Emmen, Netherlands
Coordinates 52°46′55″N 6°53′20″E / 52.78194°N 6.88889°E / 52.78194; 6.88889Coordinates: 52°46′55″N 6°53′20″E / 52.78194°N 6.88889°E / 52.78194; 6.88889
Annual visitors 1.5 million[1]
Memberships EAZA,[2] NVD[3]
Website www.dierenpark-emmen.nl

Dierenpark Emmen (also known as Noorder Dierenpark) is a large zoo located in Emmen in the northern province of Drenthe in the Netherlands.


Built in 1935 and completely renewed in 1970, Dierenpark Emmen is considered to be one of the finest zoos in Europe and has won various prizes. Animals live in carefully reconstructed natural habitats according to vegetation, climate, and elevation. Because of lack of space, a new, second site was opened in 1998 just outside of Emmen. The two parts of the zoo are well connected with each other and one ticket is sufficient for both parts.

Conservation and breeding[edit]

The zoo has had great success breeding Asian elephants, with 26 births since 1992 and four births in 2010 and 2011 alone. In 2011 there were 13 elephants at the zoo, others having been transported to other zoos.[4] The elephant accommodations comprise a large moated island for females and calves, and a separate smaller island for the bull, with indoor housing being underground.[1]

The future[edit]

The city council of Emmen has approved the construction of a completely new zoo, expected to draw 1.3 million visitors annually. The new zoo will be completed in 2015 and is part of a plan for revitalizing the city center of Emmen. Visitors will be able to walk from the new City plaza to the new zoo, which will initially be about 10 hectares (25 acres) with an additional 22 hectares (54 acres) for expansion, and will include about 40,000 square metres (430,000 sq ft) of interior space, including a theater.[5][6]

2012 Dutch time trial championships[edit]

The 2012 Dutch National Time Trial Championships for professionals and elite women's started in the zoo besides of the African savanna. It was the first time in history a cycle race started in a zoo.[7] Riders rode along the zebras, giraffes, rhinos and hippos.[8]


  1. ^ a b "Noorder Dierenpark (Emmen Zoo)". goodzoos.com. good Zoos. Retrieved 9 October 2011. 
  2. ^ "EAZA Member Zoos & Aquariums". eaza.net. EAZA. Retrieved 9 October 2011. 
  3. ^ "NVD Zoos". nvdzoos.nl. NVD. Retrieved 9 October 2011. 
  4. ^ "Sophia Zoo". elephant.se. The Elephant Encyclopedia. Retrieved 23 April 2011. 
  5. ^ "Emmen Zoo Welcomes Council Decisi". dierenparkemmen.nl. Dierenpark Emmen. Retrieved 9 October 2011. 
  6. ^ "Location". dierenparkemmen.nl. Dierenpark Emmen. Retrieved 9 October 2011. 
  7. ^ "NK Tijdrijden". nk-tijdrijden.nl. 21 June 2012. Retrieved 8 November 2012. 
  8. ^ "Start NK Tijdrijden 20 juni in Dierenpark Emmen". DierenparkEmmen.nl. 18 June 2012. Retrieved 11 December 2012. 

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