A Room with a ZOO is part of the Antwerp ZOO Society and every cent immediately supports our efforts on cherishing nature through animal welfare, education and awareness building.
The Antwerp ZOO Society plays a leading role on the world stage in terms of scientific research and conservation.
By hosting or attending a conference, meeting or event at A Room with a ZOO, you immediately support the Antwerp ZOO Society and the leading role it plays on the world stage in terms of scientific research and conservation.
This unique proposition of partnership between meeting and conservation ties into the desire of the meeting industry to grow the green aspect of events and to become more socially responsible.
The story of Matadi
Silverback Matadi (2003 - 2023) is a Room with a ZOO’s ambassador and is intertwined with the venue and even with its visual. Thanks to previous events held, A Room with a ZOO was able to donate €25,000 to the Virunga National Park, the spiritual home of Matadi. Director of the Virunga Park, Emmanuel de Merode, one of the venue's heroes, was a keynote speaker at A Room with a ZOO’s Association launch event. He gave a stunning talk about the very real threats to the survival of the Silverback Gorillas in the wild.
In the video below, you’ll see a glimpse of why zoos have a great importance in the conservation of threatened species.
In November 2018 Matadi became a father and his much-loved daughter has a heartfelt name. The caretakers and godfather of the baby girl chose the name Thandie, which means 'the loved one' in Swahili, reflecting the emotion she arouses in all visitors to the Antwerp ZOO. In 2020 Matadi became a father of a second baby girl. She was named Vizazi, which means 'generations' in Swahili.
Unfortunately, Matadi passed away in October 2023. His legacy however lives on through his presence in our logo’s and conference halls. He was a powerfull ambassador who will never be forgotten.
Even the catering reflects the venue’s sustainability policy. Find out more about the in-house Elisabeth Catering at A Room with a ZOO.
The Green Key
For its efforts on sustainability, the Elisabeth Center received The Green Key.