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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Upcoming events

Annual ZOO Science Symposium

Darwin Hall Antwerp ZOO Hosted by Antwerp ZOO Centre for Research and Conservation (CRC)

During this symposium we will present the results of ongoing research projects in which the CRC is involved.


Halt herpes

Antwerp ZOO & Planckendael ZOO collaborate with Utrecht University in a scientific quest to develop a vaccine against herpes in elephants. In our own lab our researchers are also seeking to identify symptoms that trigger the virus.

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Look, our vultures are flying!

In the summer of 2019, two Eurasian black vultures from Planckendael ZOO were released into the wild in Bulgaria. The species is critically endangered. These reintroductions are aimed at restoring the population throughout southern Europe and have proved quite successful so far.

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