Antwerp Zoo in Belgium


Antwerp Zoo



Local name Zoo Antwerpen Dierentuin
Typezoo

OwnerDe Koninklijke Maatschappij voor Dierkunde van Antwerpen (The Antwerp Royal Society for Zoology)
Founded1843
Last elephant left2012
Address K. Astridplein 26
Zip-code 2018
Place Antwerpen
Country Belgium
Website Website

Directors 2019-now: Jef Dupain (director)
1844-1865: Jacques Kets (1785-1865)
1865-?: Jacques Vekemans

Key People -: Urs Eggenschwyler (zoo designer)

Veterinarians

Elephant department

Head keepers
of elephants
-: Bruno Melens
(elephant head-keeper)

Elephant keepers 2001-2012: Tony Verhulst
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Relevant literature
Description

Antwerp Zoo, located at K. Astridplein 26, in Antwerpen, Belgium , was founded in 1843. The last elephant left in 2012.

Living elephants

At the Antwerp Zoo lives 2 elephants with records in this database: (detail list)
  1. Assam born 2012-04-13
  2. Sam born 2014-09-16

Taxidermy specimens


Antwerp Zoo has in its collection 1 elephantine taxidermy specimens with records in this database:

(Measurements of teeth and body parts follow the system described by Maglio (1973; P = plate number, L = length, W = width, H = height, LF = lamellar frequency)


    Jacqueline Accession nr: . Received: 1880-00-00 Jacqueline
    Species: Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
    * Born at Myanmar unspecified location † Dead 1880 at Antwerp Zoo
    Death: unknown Death reason: unknown (N/A)

Comments / pictures1843: Antwerp Zoo (Dutch: ZOO Antwerpen) is a zoo in the center of Antwerp, Belgium, located next to the Antwerpen-Centraal railway station. It is the oldest animal park in the country, and one of the oldest in the world, established on 21 July 1843.

1864: It is claimed the first African elephant kept in a zoo, was 1864 in Antwerp.

Antwerp Zoo in Belgium BelgiumL’Illustration Européene 1895-07-14.

1903/1904: An image shows a young African elephant and a zookeeper near the Egyptian Temple. (Robeyn)

Antwerp Zoo in Belgium Belgium
Elephant in Antwerp Zoo, 1910

Antwerp Zoo in Belgium Belgium
1924 (circa): Two African Forest elephants on picture

Antwerp Zoo in Belgium Belgium

Antwerp Zoo in Belgium Belgium

1956: the same society bought the Domein Planckendael in Muizen, near Mechelen. It covers an area of 40 hectares (99 acres) and has become a full-grown animal park

2012: In 2012 all Antwerps elephants left, for the newly built facility in Planckendael Zoo in Belgium.

Details of the electrical fence arrangement in Antwerp


The elephant cows and the electrical fence, 2000.
Antwerp Zoo in Belgium Belgium
Antwerp Zoo in Belgium Belgium
Antwerp Zoo in Belgium Belgium
Antwerp Zoo in Belgium Belgium

References for records about Antwerp Zoo

Recommended Citation

Koehl, Dan (2021). Antwerp Zoo, Elephant Encyclopedia. Available online at https://www.elephant.se/location2.php?location_id=279. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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