Royal Burgers' Zoo

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Royal Burgers' Zoo
Ovis canadensis - Bighorn Sheep2 BZ ies.jpg
Bighorn sheep in Burgers' Desert
Location Arnhem, Netherlands
Coordinates 52°00′36″N 5°53′59″E / 52.01000°N 5.89972°E / 52.01000; 5.89972Coordinates: 52°00′36″N 5°53′59″E / 52.01000°N 5.89972°E / 52.01000; 5.89972
Land area 45 ha (110 acres)[1]
No. of animals 10,000+[2]
No. of species 500+[2]
Total volume of tanks 8,000,000 l (2,100,000 US gal)
Annual visitors 1.5 million[2]
Memberships NVD,[3] EAZA,[4] WAZA[5]

Royal Burgers' Zoo (Dutch: Koninklijke Burgers' Zoo) is a 45-hectare (110-acre) zoo in Arnhem, Netherlands, and is one of the biggest zoos in the country. Arnhem is a city that lies within the Veluwe, a nature park in the east of the Netherlands. The zoo is popular with both Dutch and German people, and receives about 1.5 million visitors annually.


Giraffes, plains zebras and waterbuck in Burgers' Safari

The zoo has 8 theme sites:


Burgers’ Zoo has been successful enough in breeding fish and coral for their own aquarium that they can now help provide animals to other public aquariums. They use an artificial moon to stimulate sexual reproduction of corals in their reef, and also clone some 60 varieties.[9]

Besides presenting many of its animals in simulated habitat in spacious indoors ecosystems, Burgers' Zoo also has facilities for conservation and captive breeding of animals nearly extinct. The Socorro dove (Zenaida graysoni) for example does not exist outside captivity at present; it was wiped out by introduced mammals on its home island. The species is being bred in Burgers' Zoo for eventual reintroduction into the wild.


Kwimba, a female Asian elephant, caused a stir during her stay at the zoo (1966–1998).[10] She liked to steal the handbags of lady visitors and swallow them whole.[11]


  1. ^ "Visit the Park". Burgers' Zoo. Retrieved 26 March 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Burgers' Zoo". Zoo and Aquarium Visitor. Retrieved 26 March 2011. 
  3. ^ "NVD Zoos". NVD. Retrieved 26 March 2011. 
  4. ^ "EAZA Member Zoos & Aquariums". EAZA. Retrieved 26 March 2011. 
  5. ^ "Zoos and Aquariums of the World". WAZA. Retrieved 26 March 2011. 
  6. ^ van Hoof, A.J.J.M. (2000). Burgers' Zoo. pp. 279-288 in Steinecke, A, editor (2000). Erlebnis- und Konsumwelten. ISBN 3-486-25157-0
  7. ^ Korallenriff: Groß-Aquarien: Burger´s Ocean in Arnheim. Retrieved 14 September 2013
  8. ^ Janse, Max, and Joep Wensing (2000). Burgers’ Ocean, a new Indo-Pacific ecodisplay at Burgers’ Zoo, Arnhem, The Netherlands. Bulletin- Institut Oceanographique Monaco -Numero Special 20: 331-334
  9. ^ "Largest animal transport ever thanks to reproduction success". Burgers' Zoo. Retrieved 26 March 2011. 
  10. ^ Quinba (Kwimba) at Pont-Scorff Zoo
  11. ^ Sobol, Donald J. (1992). Encyclopedia Brown's Book of Strange but True Crimes. Apple. p. 26. ISBN 0-590-44148-5. 

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