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ZOO Planckendael, Mechelen

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Must see · Zoo · Zoo / Aquarium
Providing animals with open space that matches their original habitat is the goal of ZOO Planckendael, a very modern zoo. Occasionally some animals are released from the habitats to walk among the people, such as a parade of penguins that follows a handler's bucket of fish. Kids will appreciate the petting zoo, where they can touch friendly goats, while adults may prefer the large cats and the elephants. Ask for a map and a list of feeding times at the ticket kiosk to help you plan your day. Consider bringing a picnic lunch with you to save money on food. You can also save a few euros on the entrance fee by purchasing a ticket online. The habitats are large and take time to walk around, so be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes. Using our world travel planner, Mechelen attractions like ZOO Planckendael can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • I have been a member of Planckendael and Antwerp Zoo for many years since childhood but now living abroad I’ve not had a yearly visit or 2 or 3 like I used to. I have visited in august 2021 and for...  more »
  • I have not been to Planckendael since it was closed for Covid but I have been there many times previously. The Zoo is set in an extensive rural setting and the animals are divided by "continents...  more »
  • Great zoo and nice playgrounds for kids all ages. We always have a lovely time here. Food court could offer some healthier foods and snacks to make it more family friendly.
  • It's more than a zoo, it's a beautiful park with enough places to rest, eat and playgrounds. You can easily lose a day here. A few seemingly empty enclosures but animals have room to move here.

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