Planckendael is a zoo, located on the grounds of Planckendael castle in the village district of Muizen, in Mechelen, Belgium. In 1956 the Royal Zoological Society of Antwerp (KMDA) bought the Planckendael estate in order to acquire a larger space for animals than what they owned: the city zoo in Antwerp. Planckendael hosts exotic animals like rhinos, bison and various antelope species.
The layout of the routes within the zoo mean that it is hard to miss any of the animals or attractions. Five differing routes start (and end) at the zoos entrance making it very easy to find each and every animal. The stars of the show are definitely the Indian Elephants which have recently welcomed a baby into their group.
Planckendael also has extensive leisure facilities: For children there is a large separate play area.