Wildlands Adventure Zoo (NL)

dierentuin Wildlands zoo glasshouse

Experience nature in tropical adventure park ‘Jungola’

Place Emmen, NL
Construction started May 2014
Realised in 2015, zoo opened for public in March 2016 by Dutch King Willem Alexander
Glasshouse 1 Polycarbonate gables for big glasshouse of 6,200 m²
Glasshouse 2 Complete glasshouse: steel construction, roof and gables, 3 layer ETFE-foil 
Purpose Zoo, breeding, exhibition, recreation

Two projects for new zoo Wildlands

At the tropical adventure park Wildlands you can visit ‘Rimbula’. This huge glass construction is the new home for birds, monkeys and elephants. At around two hectares in size, 23 metres in height and situated 4 metres under the building line, this enormous glasshouse is unique in Europe. Smiemans is responsible for the 6,200 m² curtain wall, made from polycarbonate because of its excellent insulation properties, transparency and favourable pricing.

Butterfly temple with large farming areas

The smaller glasshouse of 1,100 m² has a higher section accommodating a butterfly house and a habitat for other reptiles, as well as a lower section which is 200 m² in size. This is intended for the cultivation of plants, caterpillars and butterflies. Smiemans built the whole project: the steel construction work, the curtain walls and the roof. 

Wildlands Jungola glasshouse

Imitation of Tropical climate with enough daylight

The greenhouse construction was provided with a special 3-layer ETFE foil (inflatable cushions). This special foil allows not only daylight, but the complete light spectrum. In addition, the system offers excellent insulation, allowing the tropical climate to be well simulated. These matters are essential for tropical plants and animals in the greenhouse. One really experiences the feeling of being outside! 

Wildlands Jungola

Many benefits of ETFE foil

The glass construction with ETFE foil was a conscious choice with many advantages;

  • a lot of natural daylight;
  • the insulation saves energy;
  • the butterflies can survive because of the full light spectrum;
  • the feeling of being outside;
  • imitation of the tropical climate in which the animals normally live;
  • the special 3-layer foil is extremely hard-wearing and UV-resistant.
butterfly construction Wildlands zoo

Official opening by King Willem Alexander

The old zoo in Emmen closed its doors on 31 December 2015 and in March 2016, Wildlands, Adventure Zoo Emmen was opened by our King Willem AlexanderThe new theme park Wildlands was built on a terrain of 22 hectares and the construction took a total of 2.5 years. It replaced the old zoo that had to leave because it stood in the center of Emmen.

Opening Wildlands

Two particularly beautiful projects where the collaboration with Smiemans Projecten went very well.


Ronald Koekkoek, VolkersWessel

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