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

CPSG Facilitating Species Conservation Planning Workshop

Antwerp ZOO Hosted by Zjef Pereboom / IUCN Conservation Planning Specialist Group (CPGS)

Planning for the recovery of threatened species is a complex process. This workshop focusses on developping skills to collaborate with multiple stakeholders and handle tough situations, complex problems and decisions that are part of this process.

Monotreme & Marsupial TAG mid-year meeting

Sóstó Zoo, Hungary Hosted by EAZA

De EAZA Monotreme & Marsupial Taxon Advisory Group (TAG) mid-year meeting consists of experts from European zoos that get together to talk about keeping and managing monotremes and marsupials. Matthias Papies represents Antwerp ZOO and Planckendael ZOO.


Life through rose-coloured glasses

Penguins, and other birds, see differently to us. Thanks to installing special lighting, the sexually mature penguins at Antwerp ZOO are now able to see the purplish areas on each other's beaks. This should result in better matched pairs and encourage breeding success.

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Championing for the climate

We have started a study, together with VITO, on the impact of climate change on biodiversity. We are developing new tools and collecting climate data to study the impact on golden-headed lion tamarins in Brazil.

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