Olmense Zoo, Olmen

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Olmen Zoo is a zoo in the Belgian village Olmen which is part of the town of Balen.The zoo was opened in 1976 by Louis Roothooft, a former captain. He used to live near Antwerp where he had a private collection of foreign animals. He bought some land in Olmen and moved his animals to the new location. The Olmen Zoo was founded. As Roothooft loved the circus a big circus tent was soon placed. Each day the animal carers did performance acts with the animals. Roothooft died mid 1990s and the park was sold to the family Verheyen in 1995.The new owners also had a private collection of animals which were now transported to Olmen. The park was in a bad condition due to mismanagement of Roothooft, cages were not adapted to the animal needs and the amount of customers was too low to make sufficient profits. That's why the park was renovated. The investments did succeed: the amount of visitors raised from 9000 to 200.000 on year base. The circus tent was removed and no more acts were given.The zoo is now specialized in felidae: African lions, Siberian tigers, white Bengal tigers, snow leopards, black leopards, Eurasian lynx, Servals, caracals and cougars. The zoo has more than 200 different birds such as parrots, owls, eagles, flamingos, gruiformes and threskiornithidae.. The zoo has of course other animals such as simian, rodents, small mammals, deers, snakes and bears.
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  • In the Olmen Zoo there are a lot of big cat, therefore that a trip to here is worth it. Some places I find quite tight for the animals, others have more space. Personally, I think this is a great outing for the whole family. In winter, the prices cheaper.
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  • Finally Sun this weekend! So on to the Olmse Zoo. Enjoyed the reunion with the animals. Pity the little ones by Ana moves to another zoo. The puppys of Lola are almost the same size as they. The 4 "small" Lions are adult ... All animals enjoy the Sun and the visitors are happy that they are back can visit their beloved Zoo.
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  • Blessed day with fun company ... highly recommended. Enjoy a drink while the children explore the playground ...
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  • Nice place for a short visit. Some older parts but improving...
  • Nice little zoo to spend the day Plenty of animals to see and places where the kids can play We did see some closed down sections but probably because of the winter and they are remaking some cages... Afterall a day well spend!
  • A zoo is a zoo. If you live animals this is the place to come and visit them. Personally I hate seeing animals in CAPTIVITY NO WHAT EXCUSES YOU MAY HAVE ANIMALS SHOULD ALSO BE FREE IN NATURE
  • Sorry to see park closed,I visited 4 Belgian zoos recently,not the best,but didn't deserve the bad press,Yes tired but some excellent paddocks,My only concern was the Chimps.I loved the cranes & The Africa plain was by no means the worst Ive seen.I do hope to see it open to the public again,I sure the Animals miss the attention
  • Lots of tigers and other cat like animals. Started small as a private zoo but nowdays it's a proper zoo. Entrance price around 19€. Small reduction and free parking if tickets are booked online.
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