Limburg Zoo (Zwartberg Zoo) in Belgium


Limburg Zoo (Zwartberg Zoo)
Local name Zoo van Zwartberg
Typezoo

OwnerMarcel Wouters
Isabelle and Guy Wauters
Founded1970
First elephant arrived1972
Opened for public1970
Last elephant left1996
Closed down1997
Place Zwartberg
District Genk
Province Limburg
Country Belgium

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Description

Limburg Zoo (Zwartberg Zoo), in Zwartberg, Belgium , was founded in 1970, opened for public in 1970 and the first elephant arrived in 1972. The last elephant left in 1996. Limburg Zoo (Zwartberg Zoo) closed down in 1997 in Zwartberg, .


Comments / picturesZwartberg is a parish, founded on 3 December 1926 in a district of Genk in the Belgian province Limburg.

In the late 1960s Marcel Wouters, then a director of the "Leen- en Kredietkas" (a financial institution), bought 6 hectares (15 acres) of land that had formerly belonged to the Zwartberg coal mine.

1970: The zoo opened on Whit Monday 17 May 1970 with more than 200 animals.

1973: In 1973 there were already more than 1000 animals, so another 10 hectares (25 acres) of land were bought. Another 4 hectares (10 acres) were bought some years later.

References for records about Limburg Zoo (Zwartberg Zoo)

Recommended Citation

Koehl, Dan (2021). Limburg Zoo (Zwartberg Zoo), Elephant Encyclopedia. Available online at https://www.elephant.se/location2.php?location_id=954. (archived at the Wayback machine)

Sources used for this article is among others:

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Limburg_Zoo
  • https://web.archive.org/web/20141016214734/http://www.zooinbeeld.be/artikel.php?id=16
  • From tomorrow Limburg has its own Zoo in Zwartberg - Het Belang van Limburg - 16 May 1970
  • Limb. Zoo Zwartberg, an attraction for young and old - Het Belang van Limburg - 11 July 1970
  • Limb. Zoo Zwartberg, an attraction for young and old - The Importance of Limburg - July 25, 1970
  • New Life in the Zoo of Zwartberg - The Importance of Limburg - April 30, 1971
  • Limburg Zoo - The Interest of Limburg - May 3, 1973
  • Mama, where are the elephants? - The Importance of Limburg - June 23, 1973
  • New life in Limburg Zoo - The Interest of Limburg - April 26, 1975
  • Five years of Limburg Zoo in Zwartberg - The Importance of Limburg - June 30, 1975
  • Feast of new life in Limburg Zoo in Zwartberg - Het Belang van Limburg - August 14, 1975


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