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.