If you want to keep wild animals in a zoo in the Netherlands, you need a licence. You apply for a zoo licence (in Dutch) from the Netherlands Enterprise Agency. There are specific requirements regarding housing, animal care, registration of animals and working methods.
In some cases, for instance if wild animals are being kept for temporary medical care or the specific animals are not on a protected animal list, the qualification 'zoo' does not apply. In those cases the obligation to hold a zoo licence does not apply.
Online application procedure via Message Box
You can apply for a zoo licence also via Message Box. Message Box is a secure email system that enables you as an entrepreneur to exchange digital messages with Dutch government agencies.
Statistics: number of companies
Total number of zoo’s and botanical gardens.