Sexual diversity among animals

This 27 July 2020 Dutch video, with English subtitles, from Artis zoo in Amsterdam in the Netherlands says about itself (translated):

The Pride week has started. Nature is a lot more diverse than people think. ARTIS biologist Charlotte talks about gender reassignment and same-sex couples in fish, flamingos and giraffes. 🦩🐠🦒 ARTIS wishes everyone a great Pride. 🏳️‍🌈🌈 Nature can teach us a lot about sexual diversity, read our article at to find out more.

Flowers flowering in Amsterdam Artis zoo

This 20 April 2020 video shows flowers flowering in Amsterdam Artis zoo in the Netherlands. While you hear the calls of golden-cheeked gibbons.

The zoo is closed to visitors because of the coronavirus crisis. This video is to give people a chance to see what happens there.

Wreathed hornbills, self-quarantining birds

This 3 April 2020 video is about wreathed hornbills. These birds are originally from Asia.

In the video, bird keeper Maartje talks about the wreathed hornbills of Artis zoo in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Maartje says that wreathed hornbills are self-quarantining (like many people do during the coronavirus crisis) birds: as during breeding the female hornbills are isolated for 100 days, with just a small hole through which the males bring them food.

Flowers of Amsterdam Artis zoo, video

This 17 April 2020 video is from Artis zoo in Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

Like Keukenhof flower park and many other things, Artis is closed now because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Like the Keukenhof, Artis decided to make videos about how the zoo is doing without visitors.

This video shows, eg, the flowers of the Papegaaienlaan (parrot lane). Decades ago, parrots used to sit there on stands. The parrots now have much more space in an aviary. Now, along the Papegaaienlaan, there are colourful flowers, reminiscent of the parrots.

Dutch teachers strike, pupils to Artis zoo?

This 6 November 2019 Dutch video was about a big national teachers’ strike in the Netherlands, against the austerity policies on education of the right-wing Dutch government, with demonstrations in various cities.

On 30-31 January 2020, there will again be a big national teachers’ strike in the Netherlands, against the austerity policies on education of the right-wing Dutch government.

Eg, on 30 January, there will be big demonstrations in The Hague, in Groningen and other cities.

The strike has much support among teachers, other school workers, students and parents.

Also, eg, from Ms Sarina Wiegman, the coach of the Dutch women’s football team, European champions and silver medal winners at the World Cup in France.

And also, support from Artis zoo in Amsterdam.

Normally, children of under 10 pay € 20,50 admission for the zoo. On the days of the strike, 30-31 January, that will be 4 € for pupils and students. Adults accompanying them usually pay 24 €. On the days of the strike, 18 €. All day, zookeepers will tell the visitors about the animals.

This 2015 video says about itself:

Micropia in Amsterdam is the first museum dedicated to the science of microscopic organisms. With high-tech and interactive exhibits, Micropia brings this world to life and makes this invisible world visible. In this video, Shoshannah from Awesome Amsterdam discovers that we all have trillions of microbes on our bodies and more that live in our homes and in our surroundings. And that they are necessary to our health, environment & the food we eat. Micropia is a fascinating visit that’s both entertaining and educational. Travel to Micropia and meet your microbes!

On the days of the teachers’ strike, pupils and students can visit Micropia for 5 €; usually 14 €. Adults accompanying them usually pay 16 €. On the strike days, 12 €.

Artis Amsterdam zoo in 2019

This 30 December 2019 video is about Artis zoo in Amsterdam, the Netherlands in 2019.

The zoo reports that this year, they have reared and released into the wild over 750 rare spadefoot toads. Three Artis-born griffon vultures were released into the wild on Sardinia island in Italy. A young red panda and many other young animals were born.

Young Banggai cardinalfish born

This 19 August 2019 video from Artis zoo in Amsterdam in the Netherlands says about itself (translated):

At the moment you can see young Banggai cardinalfish in the Aquarium. The eggs are hatched by their father, he does that with his mouth. After about four weeks, he will release the youngsters between the safe spines of the Diadema setosum sea urchin. The fish stay close to this sea urchin their entire life because it protects the fish. As soon as danger threatens, they retreat between the spines.

This threatened fish species lives in Indonesia.

Wild plants, animals in Amsterdam Artis zoo

This April 2019 Dutch video is about why Artis zoo in Amsterdam has stopped removing stinging nettles. Because these plants are important for butterflies and other insects.

This April 2019 Dutch video is about house sparrows which nest in Artis zoo. To help these birds, measures have been taken like boring holes for nesting in the rocks of the elephant compound.

This May 2019 Dutch video is about wild birds using the hair of big Artis zoo mammals like camels and giant anteaters to line their nests.

This June 2019 Dutch video is about animals of Artis zoo eating flowers. No pesticides are used for Artis plants, so the animals don’t get sick.

Vultures from Amsterdam zoo freed

This 10 January 2018 video from Artis zoo in Amsterdam in the Netherlands says about itself (translated):

Today two young griffon vultures (Gyps fulvus) are going from ARTIS to Sardinia to be released in the wild later this year. The birds hatched in April and May last year in ARTIS. One young bird was cared for by a same-sex male griffon vulture couple. The other vulture is the offspring of two vultures who had been injured in the wild in Spain and – after having partially recovered – were admitted to ARTIS.

On 18 January 2019, Artis zoo reported (translated):

Early in the morning yesterday three young griffon vultures from ARTIS were transported to Sardinia. Here the vultures will get used to their new environment, before they will fly free later this year.

Road traffic victims successfully raise chicks

The young vultures hatched in ARTIS last spring. Three of the six parent vultures are from Spain and were unable to live in the wild due to a traffic accident. In ARTIS they were taken care of, recovered and they could form couples with other griffon vultures. The chicks that they have raised will be freed again in the wild. In this way they contribute to the conservation of the griffon vulture in Europe.