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Zoos and Theme Parks in Belgium

Information on Zoos and Theme Parks in Belgium. Find details on your favourite Zoo or Theme Park or discover new ones for you and your family and friends to visit whilst in Belgium

Antwerp Zoo, Belgium

Antwerp Zoo (Dutch: Zoo van Antwerpen) is a zoo in the centre of Antwerp, Belgium, located right next to the Antwerpen-Centraal railway station. It is the oldest animal park in the country, and one of the oldest in the world, established on 21 July 1843. Antwerp Zoo has played its role in preservation and breeding programmes for several endangered species like the okapi, the Przewalski horse, the Congo Peafowl, the bonobo, the golden-headed lion tamarin, the European otter, and others. They take part in the European Endangered Species Programme. Together with its sister park Planckendael, Antwerp Zoo houses over 6,000 animals of about 950 species.

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Pairi Daiza, Belgium

Pairi Daiza (formerly Paradisio) is a privately owned 55-hectare (140-acre) zoo and botanical garden located in Brugelette in the province of Hainaut in Belgium. The zoo is located on the site of an oldCistercian abbey, and is home to over 4,000 animals. Pairi Daiza is owned and operated by Pairi Daiza Belgium SA, a limited company listed on NYSE Alternext Brussels (code: PARD). It is a member of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria(EAZA), and participates in the European Endangered Species Programme (EEP)

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Bellewaerde, Belgium

Bellewaerde is a theme park in the West-Flemish countryside near Ypres (Belgium). Established in 1954 on grounds that were the location of the Battle of Bellewaerde during World War I, named after the old castle that to this day stands near the main entrance of the park. Bellewaerde is the oldest operating theme park in Belgium. Originally a zoo and safari, the park expanded in the early eighties to become more of a general theme- and thrillpark, catering towards teens and families. The 54 hectare park is famous for its beautiful gardens, marvelous landscaping and its attention to themeing

Bobbejaanland, Belgium

Bobbejaanland is a renowned theme park in Lichtaart, Belgium. It was founded by Bobbejaan Schoepen, a Flemish singer, guitarist, and entertainer who enjoyed international popularity in the fifties and early sixties. After 15 years he got weary of touring. In 1960 he decided to build his own music theater: he started draining a 30 ha marsh that he bought in 1959. He build a venue with 1000 places where he could perform as often as he liked. December 1961, the Bobbejaanland amusement park was born. In 43 years Bobbejaanland became one of the most popular theme parks in Europe

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Plopsaland De Panne, Belgium

Plopsaland De Panne is a theme park located near the town of De Panne on the Belgian coast. The park opened on 20 April 2000. Before that date (from 1936 to 1999) the park was called Meli-Park, created by a honey company and based on a bee theme. Since the foundation of the park in 2000, the figures of the popular Flemish and Dutch figures of Studio 100 can be found. All the attractions have a theme from one of the soaps or musicbands of the group. There are attractions of Kabouter Plop, Samson en Gert, Big en Betsy, Piet Piraat, Wizzy en Woppy. and Het Huis Anubis, also Das Haus Anubis In 2006 there opened 3 new attractions: the SuperSplash (in a whole new Piratezone), the SpringFlyer (“Spring” is a popular soap on Flemish television, is Dutch for “Jump”) and a K3 museum.

Walibi Belgium

Walibi Belgium, formerly Walibi Wavre and then Six Flags Belgium, is a Belgian theme park located in Wavre, close to Brussels. During the 1998 to 2004 period, it was owned by Six Flags, Inc, anAmerican theme park operator. It was later sold to Palamon Capital Partners. As of 2006, the park is owned and operated, along with Paris’ Parc Astérix, by CDA Parks (a division of Compagnie des Alpes). TheWalibi name comes from the mix of Wavre, Limal and Bièrges, three towns in the province of Walloon Brabant, in Wallonia

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