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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. To visit Le Refuge de l'Arche on your holiday in Chateau-Gontier, and find out what else Chateau-Gontier has to offer, use our Chateau-Gontier vacation generator.
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  • We just loved it. What a range of animals and it was just lovely walking around. We saw lots of interesting goings-on with the monkeys and even helped rescue a baby wallaby that had escaped! It was a ...  more »
  • We have visited this many times, and always enjoy coming here. It is a small zoo with a fun play area, nice cafe and small shop to visit at the end. All purchases support the zoo. What we like about i...  more »
  • This is a magical place which makes you smile throughout your visit. All animals are rescued from the plain and domestic to the exotic. Can't wait to go back.  more »
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Great place! Animals gentle, calm! Pretty clean place. Contact with some animals which makes the visit even more enjoyable.
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  • It is a beautiful refuge. Damage to some descriptions of animals who are old you can't see much.
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  • I love apps zoos. Good thing it's not a... It is a refuge that shows the stupidity of humans to animals. So there is educational value for the children, but also for some adults, who are aware of the responsibility of having a pet.
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