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Zoo and Wildlife Health Conference 2020 - Venue and Location




Dear Zoo and Wildlife Health Conference Delegate,

After careful consideration of the risks and alternatives, we have come to the decision to that holding the 2020 Zoo and Wildlife Conference as a physical meeting would be unwise and we are therefore cancelling our Emmen 2020 meeting.

Despite these difficult times, we all still need to engage in continuing education to provide high standards of professional care to our wildlife patients. The EAZWV team is therefore exploring options to deliver as much of the scientific program as possible virtually over the summer months. We will be working on this with the Scientific Program Committee and the authors  and will get back to you with our proposal as soon as we can.

We will also start work on refunding your registrations. Each refund will need to be done manually so, as you can imagine, it may take a few weeks to get through them all. We will endeavour to refund online payments to the credit / debit card used.  We will be contacting those who have paid by bank transfer individualy so as to get your bank details for the refund.

Thank you for your patience and understanding 


The conference will be held at WILDLANDS Adventure Zoo Emmen, in The Netherlands. At the zoo you can travel the world in one day, though the jungle, savannah and polar region. Discover new areas, be close with the animals, and experience exiting adventures! 


WILDLANDS Adventure Zoo Emmen

Raadhuisplein 99

7811 AP Emmen

The Netherlands




How to get to Emmen:

By plane? Fly to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport which is close to the capital of The Netherlands. Continue the journey by car, train or cab and it will take you approximately 2 hours and 15-30 minutes. Click here for more information on transportation from Schiphol. 


By train? The NS train station is located directly below the airport terminal building. You can simply use the escalator or lift to go downstairs to the platform. From Amsterdam Airport Schiphol you first travel to Zwolle. There you switch from a NS train to an Arriva train and continue the journey to Emmen. For more information on traveling by train click here and here.

In addition to paper tickets, many Dutch people use a public transport card called the ‘OV-chipkaart’. You can use the OV-chipkaart on the train, bus, tram and metro services. Several different types of public transport cards are available.


By bus? Unfortunately there is no direct bus transport from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol to Emmen.


By taxi? Your taxi will always stop right outside the departure and arrival halls at the airport. Always follow the signs for taxis so you know you are getting into an approved taxi. For more information on traveling by taxi click here.


By car? Follow the signs A1, A28 and A37 highways. Wildlands does not have its own parking area, however there is one right next to the zoo. More information about the parking area of Q-park and corresponding costs can be found here. Further information about parking can be found on the website of the municipality of Emmen (dutch only). 



Travel VISA Information:

Please have a look at the Schengen VISA information website and check whether you need a VISA to attend our conference in Emmen, The Netherlands. If you are from one of the countries listed under the ‘Who needs a Schengen VISA’ section, you will need a VISA.



Recommended Accommodation: 


Parc Sandur (Center Parcs, Emmen)

EAZWV has negotiated special rates with Centre Parcs providing excellent value for your stay in Emmen. The park has a number of different sized lodges set in park land and surrounded by waterways.

Parc Sandur is aproximately 30min cycle ride from the conference venue and participants can hire bicycles at the park. Should sufficient participants chose to stay at Parc Sandur, they will also explore provision of a shuttle service for a small fee payable direct to Centre Parcs.

For more information on Parc Sandur click here.

More information on the special Zoo and Wildlife Health Conference rates and bookings can be made here.


Hotels in Emmen Town Centre

There are a small number of hotels and private rooms available in Emmen town centre. The best rates are available through online booking sites such as and Airbnb.


Meals in town:

Dutch people tend to have dinner between 18:00 and 20:00 which is reflected on restaurant availability and opening hours. We will contact local restaurants advising them that our particpants may want to eat later however, please keep this in mind if you are making your own arrangements for dinner in town.

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