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.
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.
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.
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.
January & February: 16h45
March & April: 17h30
May & June: 18u00
July & August: 19h00
November & December: 16h45
Closing times vary during holidays.
Koningin Astridplein 26
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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