Animals & science

How did it start? How did it start?

How did it start?

Scientific research is in the DNA of Antwerp ZOO & Planckendael ZOO. Practiced and applied in our parks, in our foreign research stations and in our zoological research centre. That centre has become become one of the most progressive centres in the world since the official start in 2000.

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Research disciplines Research disciplines

Research disciplines

Our scientists and experts are leaders in their fields, which include genetics, animal behaviour, animal welfare, veterinary medicine and animal morphology. With this expertise we work together in research projects related to three main themes: animal welfare, nature conservation and basic zoology research.

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Who is behind it? Who is behind it?

Who is behind it?

We practice science in our parks day in, day out. Rather anonymously and behind the scenes. Who are we? What do we do? And why are we so interested in zoological research? Why is a scientific basis for the daily work in our zoo, and by extension in nature, so important?

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The Sting Is in the Tail

The trade, among other things, in the tail of the Kordofan giraffe has resulted in this subspecies being included in the IUCN’s red list of critically threatened animals. In other words this subspecies faces an extremely high threat of extinction. At present only about 1,900 Kordofan giraffe still survive.

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Jacques Kets Award

Every year we honour an innovative master’s dissertation in zoology. Even so taking part in the Jacques Kets Award is not just about winning a prize. Finalists also learn how to explain their scientific work in just a minute’s time.

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