The park is closed for the winter.
Reopening planned on March 31st.
This new 16,000m² area will be entirely devoted to Africa and Madagascar. Extensive aviaries, impressive waterfalls, didactic activities for children, and not to mention its sheer size (more than 2 hectares), this is the park’s most ambitious project to date – both in terms of specimens (Serpent eagles, Giant herons, Vultures, Flamingos, Hornbills, Abdim’s storks, but also lemurs and meerkats!) as well as its landscaping.
July 2017: grand opening of the island of Madagascar and the African Savannah
Spring 2018: grand opening of the African Plains and the Grand Aviary
The journey in Oceania takes place through 2 sites of the park: the Lorikeet Aviary and the Australian Bush. The latter consists of an excursion through the typical landscapes of the island continent: an aboriginal village, a rockery, clay soils, eucalyptus and grasslands…here you will meet emus, Black swans, kangaroos, wallabies, Australian pelicans and even the Southern cassowary, considered the most dangerous bird in the world! Aside from a stroll through the wildlife and landscapes borrowed from the legendary Australian bush, this section is a journey through time, where the themes of ‘evolution’ and ‘endemism’ (species unique to a certain location) are discussed, as is the effect of human settlements on biodiversity.
Not far from the Australian bush, next stop is the Lorikeet Aviary: here visitors get the chance to feed the Rainbow lorikeets – very common in Oceania – with nectar, the favourite food of these little multi-coloured parrots!
This continent appears in several places on your circuit. In the Pantanal aviary, the plantlife is imposingly luxurious: palms, bamboo beds and many tree species are home to Roseate spoonbills and Scarlet ibises. An indoor space is dedicated to Tucans, in honour of these multicolour-beaked birds. Further along the route, the Penguin Cove recreates the landscapes of the Chilean coastline in a setting of lava stones, South American plants and a pool with around 70 Humboldt penguins! The Hummingbird House is another popular stop, where you can discover the impressive physiological characteristics of these small colibris.
The Birds of Prey Valley is large enough for our kites to perform acrobatic displays above your heads. But here the kings of the jungle are the vultures (Griffon vultures, Cinereous vultures, Egyptian vultures) who help recycle animal carcasses in the wild, thus avoiding the spread of disease. A group of Northern bald ibises, one of the most endangered bird species on Earth, also live here. These birds nested in the Alps over 400 years ago, and a scientific programme is now underway to rehabilitate them. Several nocturnal owl species (with or without ear-tufts) feature in the two annexes of Birds of Prey Valley. Next, after crossing our wild colony of storks, you will reach the aviary dedicated to bearded vultures. This great vulture, which specialises in eating bones, is part of an Alpine re-introduction programme, where it had completely disappeared.
One of our largest aviaries, here you can completely immerse yourself in the tropical habitat thanks to an ambitious and innovative scenographic concept that, over more than 1,200 sq m, incorporates the most essential and influential elements for life: water, vegetation and minerals.
Here you can discover many tropical forest species: hornbills, crowned pigeons, pheasants, frogmouths, yellow-billed storks and even kingfishers that co-exist with two extremely rare species in captivity: the cock-of-the-rock, as well as one mammal, the flying fox or fruit bat!
The Asian continent can be found throughout your visit: Sarus and Demoiselle cranes, Mandarin ducks, Bar-headed geese, Western crowned pigeons, Red-vented cockatoos, plus one of Europe’s largest collections of Rufous hornbills, a rare and endangered species from the heart of Far Eastern forests.