On Saturday we went to the zoo….That’s my husband and his parents and you’re right, there’s a dog too, that’s Buffy, she’s our kid. We went to Ouwehands Dierenpark in Rhenen. The Netherlands has many zoos or Dierenparks as they’re called here. Each one is just a little bit different.
Oudehands is one of the few that allow dogs in, for 2.50 your dog can spend a fun day out with you and you get 2 poop sacks to clean up any unexpected accidents, a good deal cause in the 5 hours we were there, Buffy only went once…so we even left with something for our money.
Buffy wasn’t too interested in most of the animals, but when she was, she could get a good look, most of the walls are low enough for a dog to look over or those glass petitions or open fencing for them to look through. There are numerous water dishes throughout the park, we brought our own though which I think is always a good idea, so they have thought about four footed needs as much as providing many choices for refreshment for the people which was average priced.
We were allowed in most of the buildings which is also nice…when she wasn’t we just took turns with waiting outside with her. So we all could enjoy the whole park.
It’s missing a few prominant animals, like rhino’s and hippos, but other than that, the zoo is beautiful, not too big that you had to run through it, we did it in 5 hours and did some back tracking to make sure we did see everything. The enclosures are amazing and they’re currently building a HUGE primate building which will hold the big 5 in primates so we’ll definetely go back once that’s finished.
We hadn’t been to this zoo for several years which makes it worth taking a trip back. Zoos are magical, or at least I find them to be, we get a glimpse into the average day in the life of animals, many of which are becoming endangered at an alarming rate. As a “clicker” I love taking pictures and to be so close to reach out and touch some of the animals, petted a dier and a turtle, makes taking pictures of them a snap!
I can’t recommend enough going to the zoo, with or without your dog, below I’ve listed most of the zoos in the Netherlands and the star next to them means you can bring your dog. So this summer vacation, if you’re not leaving the country, why not visit some zoos, there’s many to chose from:
*Ouwehands Dierenpark Rhenen
Artis in Amsterdam
Blijdorp in Rotterdam
Safaripark Beekse Bergen near Tilburg
Dolfinarium is near Haarderwijk
Taman Indonesia, near Giethoorn
Europa Dierentuin is now Dierenrijk in Eindhoven
Gaia Zoo in Limburg
Owl dierenpark, not just owls, you can pet kangaroos here too, near Gorinchem
Wissel Zoo near Epe
Burgers Zoo in Arnhem