Le Refuge de l'Arche, Chateau-Gontier

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The tenuous relationship between humans and nature finds balance at Le Refuge de l'Arche, where injured or ill wild animals are treated before being released back into the wild. Some animals stay for the remainder of their lives and can been seen from viewing terraces. The reconstructed habitats are spacious and do their best to emulate natural environments, so animals are well-prepared to reenter their wild homes. You’ll see a large variety of animals, from lions to cows. The refuge accepts most creatures: exotic pets, retired circus animals, aged farm animals, or injured wild birds. The only exceptions are cats and dogs. Put Le Refuge de l'Arche on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Chateau-Gontier road trip tool .
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  • A true refuge family. Beautiful setting and the animals are beautiful... A must in Mayenne.
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  • Absolutely go visit this zoo of animals collected either because they were abandoned, or injured, lost, sick,... for two reasons: (1) we imagine not all species of animals that you will find it there as long as we can in see in the largest traditional zoos, so much so that one wonders how this zoo was able to gather them. For example, you'll see Tigers, bears, wolves, reptiles, birds and mammals in all genres and many, many other species. (2) for a maximum €11 (but many discounted rates and free for children up to 4 years) you will participate in the good be and care for these animals of all kinds. This is a nice program to go alone or with family or friends because you will certainly have a great time.
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  • Accustomed to zoos, we were totally seduced by the refuge of the Ark where the animals are in very good physical shape (this is especially seen on cats that have a beautiful coat and are far from being hungry), have a rich social life (he There is that to observe monkeys, we stayed there for a long time so they were all assets) and are recovering from their wounds for those who can find a life in freedom (local wild animals). The staff is very welcoming and caring. Views on the origin and the lifestyles of the animals are very well made and, for each species, or even animal! We really didn't see as many species: Wolf, lion, leopard, bear... A beautiful day rain of the morning had even not blighted.
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  • What a lovely place. Rescued animals on the road to recovery and a better life. Don't expect a zoo type place with animals putting on shows as this isn t that at all. One down side during our visit was the restaurant was closed for the week
  • Brilliant place . Took kids last year . They loved it .Taking brother and his family this year .
  • Good for the afternoon. May become a full fledged zoo after the early 2017 renovation, already has a lot of species. This place specializes in welcoming abandoned animals, or exotic animals in need of a home after their circus / zoo has closed.
  • Super! This is not a zoo, but a refuge. Opportunity to feed the animals. We come out with another idea of zoos because many of their animals come. To make and remake. For the kids too.
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  • Ethical and responsible animal park. The animals are recovered from illegal and/or unscrupulous owners. The interaction between the visitor and the animal is more live! As a family, it's an opportunity to have a good day and to sensitize children to the well-being and respect for the most common to the most exotic animals. To see absolutely.
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