Antwerp Zoo

Zoo Antwerpen, Antwerpen Zoo

Antwerp Zoo has been founded in 1843, and is one of the oldest in the world. More than 5 000 animals await you here.

Zoo Antwerpen, along with Plankendale, is a regular stop on our weekend itinerary. We have an abandonment so we stop here reguary with our toddler. Right now the the apes are his favorite but the Okapis come as a close second. The  Antwerpen zoo is actually responsible for the Okapi breeding program in Europe. I did not even know what one looks like untill a few months ago but our 2 year old recognizes them already.

  • On September 2008 a healthy Okapi was born at the Antwerp Zoo. Making it one of the only 56t Okapis in all European Zoos.

Our only complain is that the cafeteria food is generally awful and expensive so its really best to bring your own picnic. Sometimes we just pick up sandwiches on Astrid place and eat them at the playground while our sweetie plays.

Antwerp Zoo


Zoo Antwerpen is a not too be missed part of a visit to Antwerp, especially but not only if one is visiting with children.

Having started as a curiosum for the wealthy it has nowadays achieved a status as one of the foremost zoological gardens in the world and an authority in breeding programs.

The Antwerp Zoo has developed an international reputation because of its participation in international breeding programs for threatened species, such as the okapi, the bonobo, the Golden Lion Tamarin and the Congo peacock.

Animal Facts

  • Congo peacock: Very little is known about this species. It was first recorded as a species in 1936 by Dr. James Chapin based on two stuffed specimens at Congo Museum in Belgium.
  • Native to the Atlantic coastal forests of Brazil, the Golden Lion Tamarin is an endangered species and among the rarest animals in the world, with an estimated wild population of "more than 1,000 individuals" and a captive population maintained at approximately 490 individuals.
  • The Bonobo is endangered and only is found in the wild in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Along with the Common Chimpanzee, the Bonobo is the closest relative to humans. The species was first discovered in 1928, based on his analysis of a skull in the Tervuren museum in Belgium.

The Zoo is also very well known for its architecture. From that period only the cages of the birds of pray; the Egyptian temple and okapi building have been conserved.

The giraffe house is particularly interesting. You can also get acquainted with Nocturama, the Planetarium, the winter gardens, and Vriesland, the home of the penguins. During the winter months the penguins can be seen not too far from the ape center.

Hours: The park is open every day from 10 AM / 9 AM for those with an pass. The closing time depends on the season.

You must set aside at least half a day for a visit because there really is so much to see and do.

Closing times:
January & February: 16h45
March & April: 17h30
May & June: 18u00
July & August: 19h00
September: 18h00
October: 17h30
November & December: 16h45

Closing times vary during holidays.

Its location:

Koningin Astridplein 26

2000 Antwerp

Originally just outside the city walls, now an oasis of peace in the heart of the city, next door to Central Station - is typical of the nineteenth-century origins.

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