The cost in 2014 was 20.50€ for an adult, which of course includes the various feeding shows that the zoo schedules throughout the day. Easily a day’s worth of animal viewing including a polar bear which you can see underwater whenever he takes a dip. There are also glass fronted areas for penguins, otters and sea lions, while you can also be within inches of other animals’ dens, including the panthers and tigers.
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Zoo Parks in Loire Valley – 50 Things to see on a Loire Valley Gites Holiday
You’ve rented a Loire Valley gite – what do you want to do? Loire Life presents 50 things to see in the Loire Valley & Vendee regions of France.
Zoo Parks in Loire Valley , France (No 3)
Rent a gite in the Loire Valley and you’ll find yourself near at least one of the great Loire Valley zoos in this area of France.
Loire Valley Zoos – Bioparc – Zoo de Doué la Fontaine
BIOPARC de Doué la Fontaine – 103, rue de Cholet – 49 700 Doué la Fontaine
Our personal favourite zoo in the Loire Valley, and one where our family pass lets us drop in for a wander throughout the year.
The zoo is built on the remains of a quarry and this has enabled amazing habitats to be built for a wide variety of animals, including big cats, rhinos, hippos, monkeys, bears, giraffes and much more. The habitats are large and many without fences – the monkeys are only yards away from you, housed on islands and prevented from escaping by the water.
There are picnic areas and a restaurant which overlooks the giraffe enclosure – if you’re not paying attention you’ll end up with a giraffe tongue licking your shoe whilst you have your coffee!
The zoo makes for a full day out and even in peak season absorbs the crowds easily.
Loire Valley Zoos – Zoo de la Flèche
ZOO DE LA FLÈCHE – LE TERTRE ROUGE, 72200, LA FLÈCHE
The second most popular attraction in the Pays de La Loire region of France the Zoo at La Fleche has over 1,200 animals and 120 separate species.
Loire Valley Zoos –ZooParc de Beauval
Route du Blanc, 41110 Saint-Aignan, France
The most famous Zoo in France and well worthy of the honour. The animals are housed in very large areas, cleverly designed to allow you to see the animals close up without large fences. The range of animals include pandas, bears & big cats. The zoo is heavily involved in breeding endangered species which it is then able to send to other zoos. The entry price in 2014 was 26€, roughly equivalent to UK zoos.
Useful tip – If you’ve travelled to France with your dog then you are allowed into Beauval zoo with a dog on a lead – however just check that this is still the case before you make a long journey to visit the zoo!
Loire Life – Gites in France and specialists in the Loire Valley & Vendée regions of France.