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.
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.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.
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.
- Bioparc de Doué-la-Fontaine (Wikipedia article in French)
- Doué la Fontaine (Wikipedia article)
- Doué-la-Fontaine & sa Région (tourist office)