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Thursday, March 17, 2011

World tour places to Antwerp Zoo

Enjoy the Summer Tours in Antwerp Zoo. It’s a zoo located in the Centre of Antwerp, Belgium located right next to the Antwerpen-Central railway station. It is the oldest animal park in the country, and one of the oldest in the world, established on 21 July 1843. The Royal Society of Zoology was founded in 1843. It acquired 4 acres of land well outside the Spanish walls, next to the East Station. In 1904, the small East Station was replaced by the current Central Station. The new zoo kept expanding throughout the 19th century until it was about 26 acres large.

During the 19th century expansion several 'exotic style' buildings were constructed to house the animals. One of the most remarkable buildings is the 1856 Egyptian temple which currently houses the giraffes. Bird House, It was modeled after the 1854 Egyptian Court at the Crystal Palace in London. The hieroglyphs symbolize the relationship between the Royal Society of Zoology and the City of Antwerp.

The Antwerp Zoological garden holds the studbook for five animals, including the Okapi. Gardens If you're not interested in animals, the exceptionally well kept gardens are worth a visit in itself. Many of the gardens feature beautiful sculptures created with flowers and shrubbery. It is certainly the most beautiful garden in Antwerp. This animal was introduced in the zoo shortly after its discovery in Congo. There are still several of these strange animals with long tongues in the zoo. The Antwerp zoo used to have a Dolphinarium with several dolphins.

Elephant’s playground and some small animals that the children can touch, Also on the site are three different restaurants and a shop. Indian Lion When visiting the zoo makes sure you reserve at least half a day as there's a lot going on. The polar bear, Siberian tigers, Indian lions, Arabian oryxes, Indian elephants, gorillas, bisons, orangutans, crocodiles, small panda, koala, panthers, sharks, King Penguins and macaroni penguins, Sea lions. The entrance of the Zoo is located at the Astrid Square, right next to the Central Station.

Location :
Koningin Astridplein 26
2000 Antwerp
Tel: 03/202.45.40
Fax: 03/231.00.18

Admission :
Adults : 13 € (Euro); children aged from 3 to 11 inclusive, 60+ and handicapped: 8,50 € (Euro)

Opening times :
The ZOO is open every day of the year (Sundays and holidays included) from 10 am.
Closing times depend on the season: Summer: 6.15 pm / winter: 4.30 pm

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