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

EAZA Annual Conference

Bioparc Valencia, Spain Hosted by European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA)

The EAZA Annual Conference is the biggest annual gathering of the European zoo and aquarium community, bringing more than 600 delegates together for four days of meetings, presentations, discussions and networking opportunities.

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.


Fantastic four black vultures

First ever pair of black vultures to adopt two chicks at once. Scientists from Antwerp ZOO & Plankendael ZOO have also succeeded in analysing DNA from dried out blood vessels in a hatched egg shell of a black vulture.

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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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