I know we visited the zoo in Antwerp. It was near the railway station which had some bomb damage. The zoo is one of the oldest in the world, established on 21 July 1843. After the war (and after our visit)the zoo was turned into a model zoo. It even has a reef section now.
My father took a lot of time trying to get the male peacock to show his tail, and then he took front and back views.
Hours 10:00 to 17:30 except open until 19:00 on Sunday
1-day ticket rates
Children - 3 years free
Children from 3 to 11 years €19,00
Children from 12 to 17 years €22,00
Students, on presentation of a student ID €22,00
Adults (18 years and over) €24,00
Adults 60+ €23,00
Necessary companion for disabled visitors €21,50
If you are in need to relax, visit the Zoo.
The Zoo can be visited the year round as there are indoors and outdoors attractions.
Admission fee:€ 24,00 (adult).
Mo: 10AM - 4:45PM.
Tu-Su: 10AM - 5:30PM.
I was suprised to see the Zoo so centrally located in Antwerp. The main entrance is literally outside the Centraal Station. It is the oldest animal park in the whole of Belgium and has been extended and altered throughout the years. The Zoo cost about 17 euros for a single adult ticket and discounts were given to students on showing their student ID cards. Although the Zoo isn't huge you can spend a good few hours there particularly if it is sunny. upon entering the Zoo you are given a timetable of the different feeding times and shows running throughout the day.
I would suggest taking a packed lunch or some sandwiches with you as they don't search your bags when entering the Zoo. There is a canteen where you can purchase food and drinks but it is really expensive - a bottle of water cost 2.70 Euros! For two portions of chips and a drink cost me about 15 Euros and you had to pay extra for ketchup and other sauces.
Located in the Centre of Antwerp right next to the Central Railway Station,the Zoo is the oldest Animal park in Belgium and one of the oldest Zoo's in the World.
The initial objective was to encourage Zoological and Botanical Sciences.The first director was renowned Zoologist 'Jacques Kets',he accepted this positon on one condition:a museum had to built to house his nature-historical collections.This building was inaugurated in 1844 by H.M.King Leopold I.In its early years the park grew bigger and bigger with notable buildings such as The Egyptian Temple and the Antelope House,now home to the Okapis.In 1983 the park was classified as a monument and ten years later in 1993 celebrated its 150th anniversary.The houses over 6000 Animals from 950 species and attracts 1.5 million visitors a year.
opening times:10.00 till 16.45 every day.
Prices:Adults:€22.00,Children(3-17 yrs)/Disabled:€17.00,Children(under 3):free
It is a seperate feeling to see those animals off a different kind in the center of a big city !!
I like the natural free born animals in South Africa or and Namibia.
The natural habitant of this owl is northern Europe
But nevertheless - a zoo has it's scientific importance and worth to visit.
The most interesting Zoo ever i saw in Europe was the Zoo in Berlin (look at my page if you are interested)
The historic part gives it a nice atmosfere but in some place some renovation wouldn't hurt.
Especially some of the animal exhibits really needed to be updated, just to give the animals more room. But that isn't easy since the zoo is really in the center of the city.
But all in all it's worth a visit, just for an afternoon, or so.
Antwerp Zoo is a located in the centre of Antwerp next to the train station. It is the oldest and largest animal park in the country housing over 5,000 animals of about 950 species. The zoo gets nearly 1.3 million visitors each year. If you like animals visiting this zoo while in Antwerp is a must. It takes a around 5 hours to see everything so arrive as early as possible.
Photographers and art appreciators will delight in several unusual garden features within the zoo gardens. There are some sculptural fighting frogs placed on two sides of a water feature. One father frog with son or daughter frog (I didn't look closely enough to discover which) perched on his shoulders is holding a hose and shooting actual water across the creek towards their adversaries. The opposing upright frog holds an umbrella against the stream of hosed water while the little darling atop his shoulders is definately displaying an unkind gesture, one that parents will recognize but children probably will not. One is charmed at the family fun and then slightly shocked at the human frogish display of temperment. When I dig up those pictures with details I will upload them as quickly as a frog can jump. Extremely amusing.
The Antwerp Zoo is one of the oldest and most famous zoos in the world. Its location is typical of its nineteenth-century origins. You must set aside at least half a day for a visit because there really is so much to see and do. Penguins in Vriesland, elephants and giraffes in a unique Egyptian temple and a brand new pink villa for the hippos, and their neighbours, the tapirs. More than 6 000 animals await you here.
The Antwerp Zoo has developed an international reputation because of its participation in international breeding programmes for threatened species, such as the okapi, the bonobo, the Golden Lion Tamarin and the Congo peacock.
The Zoo is famous for its scientific research, for instance in Brazil, Congo and Cameroon and guarantees that the animals can spend their lives in the best possible conditions. The buildings and garden have been classified and the Zoo has managed to combine nature and history with modern animal quarters. Depending on the season you can have a bite in one of the three restaurants. But of course, there's nothing to stop you from having a pick nick on a bench.
January-February, November-December: 10.00 - 16.45
March-April, October: 10.00 - 17.30
Mai-June, September 10.00 - 18.00
July-August 10.00 - 19.00
Presentations at the Planetarium: Sundays and Wednesdays around 14.00
Adults: 15 Euro
3 -11 years: 9.90 Euro
-3 years: free
Zoo Antwerp is famous. Its located in the citycentre and exists since the year 1843.
The entrance is 16 euro per person and a book about the zoo will cost you 3 euro.
The Zoo is interesting because of the extensiveness and wide variation in animals.
Tip: the penguins and monkeys.
I prefer to see animals in their natural environment, but for photographing them, a Zoo is much easier then on a safari in Africa. The zoo is a bit small, but there's a lot of variety and the garden is very neat when you visit in april/may as I did. Especially the blossoming chestnuttrees are great in that time of year!
It was a long time ago when we visited Antwerp Zoo. The way we remember it, it was a typical city zoo. The only animal that we remember seeing was the tocapi, being a special one not seen in many zoos.
The only thing i remember well is the ticket of 7 Franks i got when i went to the toilet.
The Zoo is open from 10:00 - 16:45 (or 19:00 in summer)
It will cost €15 (price 2005)
In march 2005 Dannie offered us a guided tour along the art in the zoo. It was a great experience. The guide was telling very interesting stories about the art, the architecture and the history of the zoo. There are over 50 statues in the zoo, and normally one just passes them.