Permanent Exhibition » Living Planet



  • Une famille teste l'un des interactifs qui illustrent les défis auxquels sont confrontés les animaux aujourd'hui (photo : Thierry Hubin / IRSNB)
  • Visitors discover the many naturalised animals exhibited in the Living Planet room (photo: Thierry Hubin / RBINS)
  • The living environments presented in Living Planet are illustrated by projections on large screens (photo: Thierry Hubin / RBINS)

Living Planet

Did you know that the gnu and the zebra eat the same plants? But they don’t fight about it! The gnu eats the young sprouts that are soft and juicy while the zebra chews on tougher leaves. And did you know that a thirsty camel can drink up to 150 litres of water? And that wildfires can be beneficial for some trees?

Living Planet represents more than 850 specimens displayed on 2,000m2 (from the giraffe, to the koala and the aphid), 3D models you can touch, visual media, audio interviews and interactive, recreational and educational animations.

The Earth is swarming with life - rediscover it in our new Gallery, Living Planet, through an aesthetic, family-friendly and scientific approach to biodiversity


Remarkable Elements

An Abundant Planet
  • Visitors discover the many naturalised animals exhibited in Living Planet (photo: Thierry Hubin /RBINS)
  • A visitor takes a photo of the birds exhibited in the first part of Living Planet (photo: Thierry Hubin / RBINS).
  • A family observing tundra animals in Living Planet (photo: Thierry Hubin / RBINS)

Life appeared on Earth 3,8 billion years ago and has since then evolved into a myriad of living organisms: bacteria, plants, animals, fungi etc.

These organisms all share one common origin and are therefore interconnected. Scientists classify them into species and have already described 1.800.000 species so far. They still discover new species every day.

On the upper floor of the gallery, Living Planet explains the complex relationships these species have with one another and with their environment. Each species plays an important role and has its place in this web of life.


A Changing Planet
  • Visitors test a Living Planet interactive on the links between species (photo: Thierry Hubin / RBINS)

Storms, volcanic eruptions, fires and climate changes have impacted Earth since the dawn of time. It is in this context that life appeared and diversified, because nature is resilient. It has the ability to cope with disruptions. When these changes become too intense or too frequent, however, the recovery gets more complicated, time grows short.

Since it appeared, the human species has acted as a new factor of change. Through our activities and our behaviours, we interfere too much on the large ‘planetary network’.

Visiting the lower floor of Living Planet helps you understand the issues linked to climate change and the biodiversity crisis we are facing and that concerns us all.

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