Pakawi Park

City: Olmen Baalen
Country: Belgium
Province: Antwerp
Opend 1976


Species 200


This zoo os divided in several areas and houses, there's a beautyfull Savannah with giraffes, antilopes and zebras. A bearwood with Brown Bears and White Wolfes. A giant avivary and the Phanter House, the house for Leopards and White Lions. Of course you also finde a vivarium with all sorts of reptiles.

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Last visited 2014


Olmense Zoo
Bukenberg 45
2491 Olmen-Balen

Phone number 014 30 98 82


Opened minimum 10am-5pm in November-february only satturday-sunday 10am-5pm. Closed 1st January and 25th December


Entrance fee

  • Adult 25,- Euros
  • Child 3-17 years 21,- Euros
Annual cards
  • Adult 80,- Euro
  • Child 70,- Euro
  • One Parent with own children 140,- Euro
  • Two Parents with own children 220,- Euro



For kids there is a petting area and several playgrounds

If you take pictures please mention the zoo


Former Captain of the Port of Antwerp, Louis Roofthooft wanted in the mid 70 a place to install his private collection of animals. His choice is a site near the Dessel-Kwaadmechelen channel. In 1976, he settled in his private park in Olmen with his animals. Louis Roofthooft also owned a circus which he set the tent next to the area for daily performances. The success was not good from the opening, the circus did not attract any viewers. In addition, the artists also worked as zookeepers. Roofthooft died in the early 90s and the park was offered for sale. In 1995, the family acquires Verheyen park. With this purchase, the family can provide adequate shelter for their own private collection. The new owners understand the value of creating good living conditions for animals and working to improve the business to increase the number of entries. In 1995, the park attracts about 9,000 visitors. The existing infrastructure was reorganized in the early years. Animals receive more space in the form of islands and natural habitats, which is appreciated by the public. Gradually, the park evolves and grows to become a private zoo full twelve acres with over 200 species of animals. In addition, a children's farm, a playground, bouncy castles and trampolines complete the offer. Becourse of these investments the zoo has 200.000 visitors annualy. Since 2019 Olmense Zoo is called Pakawi Park

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After paying the entrance we se behind the entrance building white-fronted lemurs. The next enclosure is home to ruffed lemurs, they are sharing theire enclosure with oriental small-clawed otters. Following we are finding the prairie dog.Opposite are porcupines and raccon dogs. On the left hand is an aviary for Siberian chipmunk, behind is a house with hungarian woolly pigs and different rodents. Next to the raccon dogs we find several birds of prey and raccons.  At the meerkats we turn right to see capuchin monkeys and capybaras. At the guerezaswe turn right again and see the ruffed lemurs again. Then its time to meet the first carnivores, lion and cougars. At the wood bisons we turn left and meet white-cheeked gibbons. After a while we are having the 3 savannahs in front of us On the first are African elephants, on the second are giraffes and zebras. On the last are eland and ostriches.Behind the savannahs we find the muntjac and the wallabies. After a while we then see bat-eared fox  and after a while turn right to enter casa panthera. Its home to white lions, lynx and leopards. On the 2nd floor we find a zoological museum with mammals, on this floor als are some living owls. Outside again we meet ring-tailed lemurs, across are some more lions. Turning right we are having the bear forest with brown bears and wolves. To the left we then meet striped hyenas. Following theire enclosure we enter a large aviary, followed by emus. Oposite we find the Lar gibbons. On the right hand we then see white and golden tigers. At the samiri monkeys we are taking the path on the right handBehind theire island we meetprarie dogs and crimson rosella. At the clouded leopards we turn right  and see a duck lagoon.  Next are some aviaries for cats, here we meet jungle cat, serval and caracals. At the vulture aviary we then turn left. Behind it are enclosure cranes and aviaries for bird of preys. Then it is time to enter the Tropical house with parots and other birds as well as red ruffed lemurs and tamarins. Some of the birds are having aviaries in front of the house. To the left are 3 aviaries with caracalsm parakeets and amazon parots. In this area is also a animal nursery. Now we enter another walk through aviary, in front of it we find some goats, that ce be petted. Passing som capuchin monkeys we can go inside the cirkusHere you often find a daily show and afterwards children can ride on ponies. Passing the restaurant we now enter the reptile house, with especially snakes. Its also here we meet pygmy marmosets. on the 2nd floor we find another zoological museum, especially showing stuffed birds. From here we also can look inside the chimpanzee home They are havin an enclosure  that we see when we are heading for the exit.

DE: Dieser Zoo mitten in der Provinz zeigt insbesonders Katzen vom seltenen Nebelparder bis zur mutation Goldener Tiger (Ein tiger ohne Streifen), aber auch viele andere Tiere fühlen sich hier zu hause wie der Waldbison

DK: Denne have midt i provinsen viser især katte, lge fra den sjældne træleopard til mutationen guldtiger (En tiger uden striber), men også andre dyr føler sig hjemme her som skovbisonen
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