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. Practised and applied in our parks, in our foreign research stations, in the universities under our supervision and in our zoological research centre. Since the 1980s, the Centre for Research and Conservation (CRC) has become one of the most progressive centres in the world.

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.

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?


Sleeping apes

Chimpanzees adapt their sleeping habits to changes in their surroundings. That is one of the conclusions of our large-scale study in Africa. Knowing about sleep helps us protect apes and gives us better insight into our own sleeping habits and evolution.

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Wild ape on the menu

Hunting bushmeat in Africa is a major problem. With our Grands Singes project in Cameroon we are combining scientific research with raising awareness among the local population. We offer them alternatives to hunting endangered forest animals.

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