Zoo Parc de Beauval in the Loire Valley
Zoo just outside St.Aignan is set in parkland that helps to create as near to
natural a habitat as can be provided for animals in captivity. It is the
most visited attraction in the Loire Valley even more popular than the
famous chateaux of
With over 4500 animals on display you can spend more than one day
here - it is actually better value for a two day ticket at €37.50 - than
the rather expensive €25.00 for one day. There is little in the way of
discount for children as 3 to 10 year olds have to pay €19.00 /day. You
can get all the practical information you need for a visit
big attraction at the zoo is of course
the Pandas but the zoo has an
of animals including - manatees, white tigers, albino boas,
kangaroos, raccoons and the cuddly koalas to name but a few.
its fair share of zebras, giraffes, rhinoceros which are in large open
areas to try and recreate their natural habitat - well as near as France
can give them.
elephants too, have their own space - all can be viewed through glass
rather than wire cages.
The zoo also has a tropical greenhouses with exotic birds flying freely around you.
You also get the opportunity to view chimpanzees, gorillas and
orang-utans a close up.
There is a 1500 seater arena where
you watch displays by sea-lions in the water and birds of prey in
the air. Best to get here 30 minutes before it starts as it can be
Overall the park is
naturally very child friendly with easy access for pushchairs plus there
are plenty of toilets on site, many with baby changing facilities.
Perhaps the one area that lets it down is the catering facilities - you
might be better taking a picnic but this has to be taken outside the
park. You are allowed to leave and return to the park.
shoes - you will be doing a lot of walking
You can buy your
tickets online to save waiting in line at the park - it is very popular
in high season.
Other zooparks in Loire-Valley.
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