Dear all,

On behalf of all WILDLANDS Adventure Zoo Emmen staff, I would like to present WILDLANDS as host for the EAZA 2017 Annual Conference. We are very proud to welcome you to Wildlands and the brand new Atlas Theatre, our venue for the conference situated at the entrance of the zoo.

Emmen is a large town of around 100.000 inhabitants in the Northeastern province of Drenthe, with WILDLANDS Adventure Zoo located right at its heart, within easy reach of shops and restaurants. The town is surrounded by nature and features many old villages and other familiar sights of the Netherlands. Hotels and holiday homes are available in Emmen or in the direct surroundings of Emmen.

WILDLANDS is a completely new Adventure Zoo which opened at the end of March 2016 after 2 ½ years of construction and the transfer of all of the animals of the old Emmen Zoo. The new zoo occupies 22 hectares and is fully themed to tell the stories of four different biomes from the polar regions to the equatorial jungle. WILDLANDS is a carbon neutral facility which combines sustainability with high levels of animal welfare and naturalistic enclosure design to provide a modern adventure into the heart of the natural world.

We look forward to welcoming you to WILDLANDS and the Atlas Theatre in September 2017.

WILDLANDS: a world to explore!

Frankwin van Beers
Director, WILDLANDS Adventure Zoo Emmen

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Sponsorship opportunities

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The EAZA Conference is the biggest annual gathering of the European zoo and aquarium community.


EAZA 2017 will be held in Emmen, the gem of south-east Drenthe, the city of woods, heathlands, peat, oil exploration and production, innovative companies and industry, shopping, recreation and ‘natural living’.


The conference organizers have secured a variety of accommodation close to WILDLANDS at preferential rates for EAZA delegates.


Take the opportunity to reach over 700 delegates in this ideal business and networking setting. A range of opportunities are available and we would be delighted to discuss these with you, let us know your requirements and we will work with you to create a bespoke package.

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WILDLANDS Adventure Zoo Emmen

The conference will be held at WILDLANDS Adventure Zoo Emmen, which has a completely new Theatre and Conference Centre.
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