Something even lots of locals don’t know is that Haarlem-Noord has a hidden zoo. In fact it’s the smallest official zoo in the Netherlands. You can see the different animals in four tent-shaped huts and in the grounds. Time for a visit!
Don’t expect to see elephants and giraffes because this zoo is to small for them. However, you will see other unusual animals, such as raccoons and skunks. Have you ever seen a degu? You can get to know this rodent, together with the American mink and Chinese rock squirrel at Artiklas. The reptiles are housed in one of the zoo’s four tent-shaped huts. You can also see Haarlem’s only diorama, consisting of eight habitats with their corresponding stuffed animals.
Hey, did you know?
Artiklas started 1964 in a stall belonging to a former Artis employee who wanted to teach the neighbourhood children about animals. Ten years later, Artiklas found a home in Haarlem-Noord and it’s now the smallest official zoo in the Netherlands and run entirely by volunteers.