The KMDA (Royal Zoological Society of Antwerp) was established in 1843 as an association and has four brands under its wing: Antwerp ZOO, Planckendael, Serpentarium and the Koningin Elisabethzaal. In addition, the KMDA manages the De Zegge nature reserve in Geel. With more than 2 million visitors a year, the KMDA is the biggest actor amongst Belgium’s tourist attractions; it also plays a leading role on the world stage in terms of scientific research and conservation.
The Antwerp ZOO Society manages also:
- Planckendael ZOO: the wildlife park in Mechelen
- The Serpentarium ZOO: the reptile zoo in Blankenberge
- De Zegge: the nature reserve in Geel
- The Centre for Research and Conservation (CRC): our very own Centre for scientifc research and nature conservation programmes
- The ‘Elisabeth Center Antwerp’ conference and concert centre which includes the “Koningin Elisabethzaal” (Queen Elisabeth Hall).