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).
Algoa Bay – Algoa Bay is home to the zoo’s South African fur seals and penguins. Visitors can watch the animals from above the water, or from an underwater viewing area where they may come face to face with residents of the exhibit.
The Nautilus – Te Nautilus is an exhibit that is themed after 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. It includes exhibits with coral reefs, lagoons, and tropical waters, and is home to sea urchins, starfish, anemones, crabs, and jellyfish. Visitors can touch the stingrays, and can watch sharks, moray eels, and barracuda.
The Cathedral Aviary – One of the largest aviaries in Europe, this exhibit is home to birds including scarlet ibis, American flamingos, cattle egrets, purple-crested turacos, storks, and vulturine guineafowl.
Mersus Emergo – The Mersus Emergo exhibit is a replica of the English whaling vessel Mersus Emergo that was used for 40 years, from 1870 to 1914. The exhibit opened in 2003 and includes the SOS Biodiversity exhibit, created in collaboration with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), which highlights current threats to the planet and ways in which visitors can take action to help minimize these threats. The “ship” also includes the zoo’s rescue center for animals such as pythons, boas, iguanas, turtles, and alligators which were handed over or abandoned by former owners who could no longer care for them. The exhibit includes a touch pool for sharks and skates. The lake and island surrounding the exhibit is home to giraffes, hippos, zebras, and antelope.
The Oasis – This 7,000-square-metre (75,000 sq ft) greenhouse with waterfalls includes tropical plants such as bamboo, vines, banana trees, and hibiscus, and is home to animals including giant turtles, otters, meerkats, hornbills, and crocodiles
Falconry Village – This attraction opened in 2007. There are several large aviaries for birds of prey including osprey, bald eagle, Steller’s sea eagle, African fish eagle, caracara, Andean condor, kites, snake eagle, eagle-owl, and many types of vultures.
Elephants – The zoo is home to five Asian elephants and one African elephant. The elephants are allowed to walk among the visitors, at random intervals to avoid too many people trying to come and see them. Although they are always with a trainer and caretaker, visitors can get close enough to touch the elephants, and there is some controversy over the safety of this practice
Chinese Garden – The Chinese garden, also called “The Dream of Han Wu Di,” has been open since 2006. It is the largest Chinese garden in Europe, and in addition to its Chinese themed buildings, waterfalls, rocks, and plants, it is home to cranes, red pandas, and muntjak.
Kingdom of Ganesha – The 4-hectare (9.9-acre) Kingdom of Ganesha, which was opened in 2009, is the largest Indonesian garden in Europe, and reproduces the plant life and feel of the Indonesian archipelago, particularly Bali.
Rose garden – Established in 2004, this rose garden is home to more than 700 varieties of roses from around the world, including rose bushes, climbing roses, vines, and rambling roses.
Andalusian garden – This garden near the park entrance is inspired by Moorish patios and the palaces of Spain. In addition to plants including ferns, fig trees, persimmons, and albizia, this garden includes many ponds and fountains.
Olive garden – The collection of plants in this garden was originally part of the Ghent Flower Show. The garden includes olive plants, fig trees, a cork oak, and a large patch of lavender which attracts butterflies.
A steam powered train circles the two large lakes in the zoo, and gives visitors a view of many animals including giraffes, zebras, tapirs, flamingos, and bison
In 2017, Pairi Daiza will be open 7 days a week, from 1st April to 05 November 2017.
Pairi Daiza is open from 10am to 6pm (7pm in July and August – 5:15 after DST time change)
Note: at 17h30 the following locations close to the public: Nautilus, Tropicalia, Madidi and Mersus Emergo
If you need any more information, please do not hesitate to contact us:
Tel. : + 32 (0) 68 250 850
Fax : + 32 (0) 68 455 405
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