Antwerp Zoo in Belgium

Antwerp Zoo
The elephant cows and the electrical fence, 2000.
The elephant cows and the electrical fence, 2000.
Local nameZoo Antwerpen Dierentuin
OwnerDe Koninklijke Maatschappij voor Dierkunde van Antwerpen (The Antwerp Royal Society for Zoology)
Last elephant left2012
AddressK. Astridplein 26

Directors1844-1865: Jacques Kets (1785-1865)
1865-?: Jacques Vekemans
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1843: Antwerp Zoo (Dutch: ZOO Antwerpen) is a zoo in the centre 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 Antwerpen.

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

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.

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Antwerp Zoo, Elephant Encyclopedia, Koehl, D. (2020), (available online at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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