"The Zoo..." Zoo Tip by Ronald_T

Zoo, Antwerp: 75 reviews and 104 photos


The Zoo (http://www.zooantwerpen.be/lang_choice.htm) is one of the most attractive spots in Antwerp. It is located at the left of the Central Train Station. Construction started in July 1843 in order to promote zoological and botanical science and officially inaugurated by King Leopold I in 1884. Little by little, zoological and botanical collections expanded and the garden enlarged to cover a total surface of 10 hectares. After the Second World War, the Zoo was fundamentally reorganised to become an example meeting the modern scientific, educational, cultural and ethical standards. The animal?s habitats were spacious and bright. Some of the most remarkable achievements of this post-war period are the ?Antwerp Cage System? (1948). The Primates Habitat (1958), which was renovated in 1989, the Jubilee Building, erected to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Company, and which now contains specialized cages for birds of prey and nocturnal animals, a new place for reptiles, dolphin pools and new housing for smaller apes. Officially, the Zoo became a classified monument at January 1st 1983.

In 1956, the Royal Company of Zoology acquired the Planckendael (http://www.planckendael.be/nl/planckendael/index.html) estate in Muizen, covering a surface of 40 hectares. This site has now become a fascinating animal farm with its own specifics and is surely worth a visit as well.

See for more pictures and info in the Zoo travelogue please.

Address: Koningin Astrid Plein 26, 2018 Antwerp
Directions: next to Central Station
Phone: +32(0)3-20245 0/fax:(0)3-2310018
Website: http://www.zooantwerpen.be

Review Helpfulness: 1.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Sep 12, 2002
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