Nuenen – Christmas is time for caring and sharing

Dec 24th, 2019 | By | Category: Dierenrijk Nuenen

24.12.2019 – Photos by Hans Muskens

The animals in Nuenen understand the meaning of Christmas very well! A shared joy is a double joy!

This monkey family knows the importance of nearness.


The beavers have prepared their Christmas dinner. Now it’s time to make themselves clean and presentable.


We love to be close to each other.


All of the people around us they say
Can they be that close
Just let me state for the record
We’re giving love in a family dose
(From the song ‘We are family’ by Sister Sledge)


Two black bears? If you take a closer look you can see they are Nivi and Elva wearing a cappuccino fur! 🙂


Henk is now together with Frimas, Nivi and Elva so the polar bear family is complete.

Living life is fun and we’ve just begun
To get our share of this world’s delights
High hopes we have for the future
And our goal’s in sight
(From the song ‘We are family’)


Oh my, am I tired!!!!! ZZZZZZ


No time for sleeping now!


Hey, Christmas is here! You can’t sleep now!


If there’s a will there’s a way! The elephants are happy to share their enclosure with other animals, too.


The road is long
With many a winding turn
That leads us to who knows where
Who knows where
But I’m strong
Strong enough to carry him
He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother
(From the song ‘He ain’t heavy – he’s my brother’ by the Hollies)


If you’re not sure how to comb your hair – here are a couple of examples of very artistic hairdos! 🙂


Should we call this a ‘bohemian look’? 🙂


They must have jumped out of a fairy tale book!


Let’s race! May the best man win! Ready, steady, go!


Hurray! I’m a champion!


Hmm, did they place bets on the monkey run? 🙂 Are they still hoping or did they just realize they lost ….


Knuti’s Weekly wishes all the animals and their keepers in Nuenen a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! My special wishes and thanks to Hans for his wonderful photos!

jul kopia

Photos by Hans Muskens


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  1. Dear Hans and Mervi!
    Thank you for the wonderful pictures from Nuenen. All animals look very nice.

  2. Dear Hans and Mervi, this was an excellent co-operation. One bringing the pics and the other delivering the subtitles. While watching these pics, I was wondering that maybe the animals also do understand the meaning of Xmas (in one way or another than), but at least, they know how to enjoy each others company.

  3. Dear Mervi and Hans!
    Merry Christmas!
    I´d like to join Patricia: what a well-made team work. Thank you for this nice and special Christmas present.
    The animals in Nuenen obviously know what is important about celebrating Christmas.
    They cuddle and enjoy their togetherness.
    I wish everybody a wonderful Christmas Eve and some wishes to come true!


  4. Liebe Mervi, lieber Hans!

    Danke fuer all die wunderbaren Bilder, das Erdmaennchen sieht so lustig aus.
    Ich wuensche Euch ein schoenes Fest und das Ihr immer jemand zum liebhaben habt.

    HUgs, Erika

  5. Dear Hans
    Hope you and Nuenen Zoo had a great Christmas and wish you all a peaceful and prosperous 2020