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Tip 3 for the summer is the zoological garden Bioparc at Doué-la-Fontaine, situated 32 km from our place.

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Red-fronted Macaw at Bioparc Zoo de Doué-la-fontaine, France. By belgianchocolate / frank wouters  derivative work: Snowmanradio CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Founded in 1961, the Bioparc is home to more than 1 000 animals from 123 different species.

41 of these species are on the IUCN’s Red List of threatened species (International Union for Conservation of Nature), classified such as Vulnerable, Endangered or Critically Endangered. Nine of the species belong to this last group, which lists the most endangered species in the world. The other species of the Bioparc are amongst the Near Threatened or Least Concern group. Thirty-six of the species benefit from European programmes of population management (EEP) that ensure their long-term survival in captivity.

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The giraffes’ troglodyte enclosure, by belgianchocolate, CC BY 2.0, Wikimedia Commons

The Bioparc attracts approximately 200 000 visitors each year. It is situated in a troglodyte environment and covers 38 acres. It offers two geographically organised levels, based around islands and vast animal spaces.

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Snow leopard, by Vassil (Own work) [Public domain CC0 1.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The Bioparc offers different types of  activities. E.g. You can spend a day with one of the zookeepers and get up close to the animals. There is a gift shop with fair trade products, as well as snack bars, and The Giraffe Camp restaurant.

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View from the Bioparc de Doué-la-Fontaine, by belgianchocolate, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The Bioparc mission:

  • Ignite emotion through immersion
    We call on the natural and cultural richness of the park to create atmospheres reminiscent of the animals’ natural habitats.
  • Represent species from endangered wildernesses
    Guided by our experience and our encounters, we welcome animals whose presence at the Bioparc shows the survival difficulties of their wild cousins.
  • Be implicated in their country of origin
    Throughout the world, and consistent with the human populations, we assist and support local associations dedicated to the preservation of endangered species or valued and valuable natural environments.
  • Turn the park into an exchange and awareness raising space
    We wish to pass on the values of sharing and respect from our experience with men and nature.

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