Parc Zoologique de Frejus, Frejus

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Zoo / Aquarium
Parc Zoologique de Frejus was established in 1971 by Hubert Masquefa and Michel Klein. Situated in a Mediterranean climate, this zoo enjoys sunshine almost 250 days a year. The park stretches over 16 hectares (40 acres) and houses almost 50 species of mammals, 8 species of reptiles, and 45 species of birds. It also houses 16 species of flora, including palm trees, olive trees, and other aromatic plants. Using our custom trip planner, Frejus attractions like Parc Zoologique de Frejus can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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TripAdvisor
  • Read some reviews before we came so tried to keep an open mind as our three year old was excited about going. I agree the enclosures are too small by modern standards, the animals looked very bored wi...  more »
  • Went with 2 kids expecting it to be a bit rubbish from the reviews and although it could do with a lot of work from a public point of view the zoo is ok for the animals. It's no Chester zoo but more s...  more »
  • Not sure about,wether the animals were happy,the idea was to reflect the animals natural surroundings, I did not enjoy the visit overall  more »
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  • Anne Maycock & Chris Copland: We stopped off during a trip without knowing what to expect and we are very pleased to give the Zoo a 5 Star report for the following reasons. On entry the staff were friendly and helpfull. There is a place for refreshments that is really well shaded by ample and pretty trees over the tables. with another refreshment area placed halfway around to provide more refreshments and snacks if required. Following the suggested path on the park map there is a very wide selection of reptiles, birds, and mammals, that was quite astonishing for the size of the park. Including Lions, Hyenas and Tigers (both Bengal and the most beautiful white Tiger I have ever Seen. "Oh and Wolves" Plus Zebras, Elephants and buffalo. Not to mention the flamingoes, emu's, Lamas, Ostriches, Vultures and Meerkats, Plus deer, Goats, and a selection of horned mountain mammals I can't even remember all there names. For the size of the Zoo the layout and selection were fantastic. Every Animal we saw looked very healthy, alert, and interestingly seemed to enjoy the attention of the visitors. Oh and How could I almost forget the monkeys, ducks and Turtles. The park do allow feeding of some of the animals with pellets available at the park. It seems to me that this Zoo is really putting the animals first. Constructive Criticism: I understand that animal welfare must come first...given that point. I would say that there is room for improvement in the overall appearance of the visitors area's and the some additional seating with shade would help to allow visitors to take in and enjoy the animals. More visitors would mean more revenue for the above improvements. Toilets: Though provided these should be prioritised for improvements and Toilets that are modern and impeccably clean and well maintained and provide child and disabled friendly facilities would add greatly to this zoological experience. Note: I really enjoyed this visit and have purposely written things in an upbeat manner because of the huge potential that this Zoo has to become not just great but "exceptional"
  • Horrible compounds espacially for the large animals. Its hard to feel not sorry for them! This zoo needs to get shut down
  • Nice "small" zoo that's good for small children
  • Run down zoo. Hard not to feel sorry for the animals
  • For the first time since a few years, I today visited this zoo, and it has gone through a real transformation. It is not a huge hypermodern zoo like Tokyo or San Diego, but it is a charming, yet fairly big, countryside zoo. It is one of the few places where you can find Père David's deer, which has been extinct in the wild for more than a century. This species depends on zoos and public parks for its survival, and Fréjus' zoo is one such sanctuary. The park also features a kori bustard, which may be the world's heaviest flying bird, and personally, I had never seen one live before. The animals of course do not have as large areas as in a big safari park, but watching for example the tigers, they looked extraordinarily happy with life, playing and sleeping like kittens in their enclosure. Several people around me joked they would like to join them. Given the choice, the big cats would probably prefer their wild habitat, but as zoos go, there are many worse ones elsewhere. The park's website explains the parks regional role, sometimes treating sick local wild fauna and rereleasing it in the wild. They also in some cases accept animals whose private owners want to abandon them, like the turtle _pond slider_ (Trachemys scripta), which the park receives about 20 of each year. This prevents the turtles from being released in nature as an invasive species. The pond slider is perhaps not the most interesting animal in the world, but if you are a fan, they have dozens, perhaps hundreds, of them in different ponds. Considering the limited area, there are surprisingly good photo opportunities without disturbing grids. Tigers and lions, for example, can be seen through glass windows, and elephants and chimpanzees above fences. However, many other animals are behind narrow grids. Not everything is perfect, of course. The catering is definitely not haute cuisine. In large parts of the park, private cars are allowed to drive around at low speed. The cars are certainly good for the disabled and elderly, but they make the place less peaceful for both animals and visitors. There should be a different solution to help people with mobile limitations. What about silent electric vehicles for the visitors?