Antwerp Zoo was established in 1843 and is located in the heart of the city. Due to its large range of species, breeding success, the care given to the animals, who are housed in the most natural setting possible, and last but not least, its architecture, it is recognized as one of the finest zoos in Europe.
While the Art Déco facades of the entrance area are what initially strikes the eye, there are other noteworthy structures inside the zoo, including the giraffe and elephant house (1855), which is designed to resemble an Egyptian temple.
The zoo is home to more than 6,000 creatures from 950 different species, including rare breeds like the white rhino, okapi, and mountain gorilla.
One of the best things to do in Antwerp with kids is to take a trip to the Antwerp Zoo.