In photos: Artis Zoo in Amsterdam

“Lots of people talk to animals... Not very many listen though...that's the problem.”  Benjamin Hoff

I have mixed feelings about zoos.

I don't like seeing animals contained, but I don't like to see them die in the wild through human or natural causes either.

That said, I've been intrigued by Artis Zoo for quite some time,  not least because I have cycled and sailed around it on a number of occasions, seen the heads of giraffe pop up over a fence and started to wonder what lies within.

Last week, with my 18 month old nephew visiting, I found out!

Here are my photos of our afternoon at Artis Zoo:

Of course, my nephew had just as much fun chasing pigeons as he did looking at monkeys... but there's something wonderful in that, isn't there?

P.S. Here's what Artis has to say about its conservation practices, if you're interested like I was before I visited.

Frances M. Thompson

Londoner turned wanderer, Frankie is an author, freelance writer and blogger. Currently based in Amsterdam, Frankie was nomadic for two years before putting down some roots with her Australian partner and having a baby boy in July 2015. In 2017, she launched WriteNOW Cards, affirmation cards for writers that help build a productive and positive writing practice. When not writing contemporary fiction, Frankie shops for vintage clothes, dances to 70s disco music and chases her son around Amsterdam.
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