Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Discover Antwerp | Visiting The Zoo

Zoo Antwerp
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As requested by some of my readers... a post about what to do in Antwerp. I am sure you did not have this in mind, but I still feel like sharing it with you all. I have never gone to a zoo before (I have to an park for just birds or monkeys or an aquarium museum (you know, museum of fishies) but never to an actual zoo filled with all kinds of animals, so I was curious about it.

Right in the city center, located next to the Central Station, you will find the animal park. It was pretty big and there are all kinds of different animals that you can see. I found it an interesting experience, but I think it is a bit weird to see animals in their restricted area living a "wild life" whilst hundreds of men, women and children watch them (myself included). Ack. As long as they are being treated well, I suppose. That is what matters in the end. What do you think?

Zoo Antwerp

Did you know the people in Antwerp call the zoo a "Zoo"? I was just to it being called a "dierentuin", so that was new. The word comes from old-Greek "ζῷον", which means animal. And here I thought it was just a word used in the English vocabulary. I learn new things every day. Totally not the point I wanted to make, though. Oh, look at that cute little monkey above, btw. That mustache!

Zoo Antwerp

I found these interesting looking Okapi's to be a bit sad. I do not know if they are solitary creatures or not, but they all were just standing a bit by themselves... with their long tongue coming out every now and then. I should probably stop applying my human feelings and logic to animals, because that is why I felt a bit sad for them. The okapi live in a Moorish temple that dates back to 1865, beautiful designs, right?! 

Zoo Antwerp

It was all fascinating to see and I am glad I finally had the experience of going to a zoo. I had all these different emotions and ideas from just looking at the many different animals. I did not think lions were that impressive... then again, I was not getting all up-close and personal with them.. ;-) Have you visited many animal parks? What do you think of the creatures in the park? And what is your favorite animal? Oh, should you wish to visit the Antwerp Zoo, then have a looksie here



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  1. Zalige foto's heb je gemaakt! En ik vind het ook allemaal goed en wel als ze genoeg plaats krijgen en goed verzorgd worden (al heb ik over "ruimte" mijn serieuze twijfels) Ik ben er al véél te lang niet meer geweest en ga mijn vriend eens overtuigen om er naartoe te gaan. Always fun haha! X Eline

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    1. Dank je, Eline! Ik snap precies wat je bedoelt.. :) Ha, nou succes! xx

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  2. Wat een mooie fotos heb je gemaakt, zo ik wist niet dat de dierentuin er daar zo mooi uitziet.

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  3. leuke foto's! ooh waar is de tijd dat ik in de zoo van antwerpen rondliep, toch ook al geleden van toen ik een kind was :p

    liefs
    Karlien

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  4. Ik ben al superlang niet meer naar de dierentuin (ik zeg dat in plaats van zoo hoor :D) geweest! Altijd leuk om te doen, al is het inderdaad ook wel wat erg om de dieren in zo'n kleine ruimtes te zien zitten...

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    1. Jaa, het is toch wel eventjes wennen. Ze waren ook allemaal zo.. hard aan het chillen. Dat is even wat anders dan al die programma's op de National Geographic Channel of zo :P

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  5. Mooi foto's heb je genomen! Hier in Zwitserland ben ik nog niet naar de zoo geweest (ik weet zelfs niet waar er eentje in de buurt is) maar in Belgie ging ik wel regelmatig eens naar Plankendael en de Olmense Zoo.

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    1. Oh! Van Plankendael heb ik wel eens gehoord. Ik zal het eens bekijken ^^

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  6. Ik ben ook al eens in deze dierentuin geweest, vond het heel leuk! Niet te groot. Je hebt ook echt prachtige foto's gemaakt (vooral die met die zeester!) X

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  7. I've actually NEVER been to the zoo in Antwerp! If you like zoos, the best one I've been to is the one in London. All the animals seem so HAPPY there, it's amazing!

    I'm more scared of snakes than lizards, but to be honest I'm not a fan of them either.

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    1. Oh! Maybe I will get to check it out next time I'm in London!

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  8. Onze Zoo in Antwerpen bezoek ik ook wel graag, al ga ik meer naar Pairi Daiza :-) leuke post! Btw: dankjewel voor de reactie op mijn blog, ik volg je nu ook! Liefs

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  9. Aww, these are some lovely shots! I always enjoy visiting the zoo- I'm such an animal lover and could watch their adorable antics all day :)

    -Jen

    www.vibrantbeautyblog.com

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  10. Ooh wat mooie foto's heb je genomen! Ik vind de Zoo altijd leuk ^^ Maar inderdaad, toch ook wat mixed feelings... Vooral omdat bezoekers niet altijd even goede bedoelingen hebben.

    x Aurélie

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