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

Wildlife Research and Conservation Conference 2019

Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research, Berlin, Germany Hosted by EAZA / Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW) / WWF Germany

WRC2019 aims to foster an exchange of ideas between wildlife scientists from different disciplines. In addition, renowned external scientists will organise sessions and hands-on workshops, providing new perspectives on important topics.

European vulture conference

Algarve , Portugal

From 1-4 October 2019 we will be bringing together scientists, conservationists and the public in the Algarve, Portugal for an international congress looking at the latest research and conservation of vultures in Europe and beyond.


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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Bonobos versus man

Advanced research on bonobos could teach us a great deal about humans. Scientists at Planckendael ZOO are currently trying to fathom out how bonobos cooperate with each other and how their emotions can influence their decisions.

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