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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  • We first visited Olmense Zoo in May 2015 and fell in love with the place due to the large big cat variety and informal feel. We returned specifically this year with the reopening/rebranding into...  more »
  • We did a family visit to this lovely zoo. After hearing and reading some very negative points, I was wondering if this is like a roadside zoo close to Australia. No! This is a very nice zoo with a...  more »
  • Great place to take the family! Animals look happy and have beautiful, big, and open living space.
  • Small zoo, great animals. Perfect for a day with small kids
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