In the heart of Amsterdam you will find ARTIS, where nature, culture and heritage come together. Discover numerous animal species, centuries-old trees and beautiful stories.
In 1838 ARTIS was founded with the aim of promoting the knowledge of Natural History. The first collection consisted of only a few parrots, monkeys and a Surinamese forest cat. This changed when a year later a large collection of animals was taken over from C. van Aachen. In one fell swoop ARTIS became a real zoo with, among other things, an elephant, numerous predators and a large boa constrictor. Today, ARTIS is a place where many species live between each other, you can spot giraffes and zebras on the Savannah and you can be surrounded by countless butterflies in the Butterfly Pavilion. Admire beautiful tropical fish and centuries-old trees and plants. Experience nature and discover what it means for our society. Because more awareness of nature creates more respect for everything that lives.
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