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Apenheul Primate Sanctuary Field Trip 2017




For Students taking U20141 Primate Societies in Semester 2 or took U20140 Human and Other Primates last year & MSC in Primate Conservation and all undergrad Anthropology and Geography Students – trip to Apenheul, Apeldoorn, The Netherlands.

Dates: Friday 27th October to Sunday 29th October (early hours of Monday 30th ) 2017 – Week 5 - Please read carefully


Detailed Description

It may seem a long way to go to see other primates BUT......this is a unique experience, found nowhere else in the world. Apenheul means 'Monkey Sanctuary'. Because it is possible for some of the animals to mix with the visitors, there are strict rules to ensure that nobody comes to any harm. These will be provided before you go in.

The link between Oxford Brookes University and the sanctuary dates back 30 years when the first undergraduates in Anthropology visited the park as part of their Primate Societies module. Fifteen years later the MSc in Primate Conservation joined the trip, as well as numerous students from programmes in Biology, Geography and Psychology.

The sanctuary is a small part of a much larger park called Berg en Bos (Mountain and Wood). There are turnstiles at the park entrance and then it’s a 10 minute walk through the park to the zoo entrance. There is a cafe near the lake at the park entrance for drinks and snacks etc. during the day. You can come and go as you please. The park has extensive woodlands and a look-out tower which is worth exploring.

We should arrive at Apeldoorn late on Friday evening. You may wish to bring food for the journey (via Dover to Calais by ferry) – there are restaurants on the ferry and we will make a stop in either Belgium or the Netherlands for dinner (not included). The sanctuary opens after breakfast at 10am and closes at 5pm. The main group travelling with the coach is staying immediately next to the park (a short walk) at the Stayokay Youth Hostel.

The Hostel has bunk beds and bedding is provided but you will need to bring a towel and the rooms are shared, with 4-6 people per room. Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday morning will be provided and there is a bar at the hostel so that we can gain the social benefits of being in a group. You can also book for dinner on the Saturday evening for an extra charge of about €15 (payable there), or you can go out for dinner if you would prefer.

Most people will go out for dinner on the Saturday night in the town centre where there are restaurants and eateries in different price ranges (not included). There will be further opportunities to visit the Sanctuary on Sunday. Each visit to the sanctuary usually offers very different experiences and you will have time for a behavioural study if you wish.

If you want to pre-book dinner on the Saturday night, please let me know when you book the trip so I can give them the order in plenty of time. You will then pay for these meals when you arrive, directly to the hostel.

Best wishes
Mandy Archer, Giuseppe Donati and Vincent Nijman