Mammal department

AAP not only provides shelter for primates, but we also accept various other exotic mammals, like raccoons, skunks, squirrels or meerkats. These animals are all housed inside the Mammal department. A number of smaller primate species that require a tropical climate, like Pygmy marmosets, are also housed within this department. They live in the tropical greenhouse, together with other animal species that require special climate conditions. The other animals stay at the Mammal complex, which consists of a number of large outdoor enclosures.

Climate control for so many different animals requires a special approach. Our central heating and air conditioning system allows us to simulate various climates.

Wasberen in het zoogdierencomplex


Our caregivers at the Mammal department face a wide range of challenges in their care for the different animals that live there. This is mainly caused by the large variety of animal species that are housed within the Mammal department. There are night- and day species, climbers and diggers, group animals and solitary species and animals that prefer completely different climates. This not only requires a flexible attitude (making breakfast in the morning and at night!), but also a lot of expertise. That is why our caregivers are supported by various dietary- and behavioral specialists.

The interiors of our animal enclosures are completely designated to meet the inhabitants’ needs: swings and climbing ropes for tree arboreals, tunnels, boxes and a thick layer of floorcovering for ground animals. Each animal receives a personalized diet; some species for instance, cannot tolerate fruit, while it is the main staple food for others.

Unlike primates, the animals that live in the Mammal department, (except for some species) are allowed to be kept as pets in The Netherlands and many other European countries. Although they are not suitable to be kept as a pet, everyone can buy them. In practice, this means that almost all of the animals that live in this department are former pets that were surrendered to us by their disappointed or distraught owners.

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