Even the Petting Zoo is accessible on the inside — just be prepared to dodge some droppings! Unfortunately the gate leading to the petting zoo is incredibly heavy, but I’m sure this is to prevent the goats, pigs and chickens from running around the rest of the zoo.
While ARTIS is largely accessible, I encountered a few challenges along the way. The parking lot, for example, has five blue badge parking spaces. Rather than being extra wide, however, these spaces are the same width as a standard parking space. This makes it impossible to manoeuvre a wheelchair alongside your car if two cars are parked side-by-side. (I informed ARTIS and was told the appropriate department would do something about it ‘in the future’)
- Buy your ticket online in advance to skip the queues
- Bring a mobility aid or borrow an ARTIS wheelchair for extra support
- As a wheelchair user, take along a family member of friend to chaperone you for free
- Follow the zoo’s wheelchair routes