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La Palmyre Zoo, La Palmyre-Les Mathes

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Seek out the popular scimitar oryx, white rhino, polar bear, or golden lion tamarin at La Palmyre Zoo in the forest of Les Mathes. Covering close to 20 hectares (49 acres), the zoo houses over 1,600 animals from 130 different species, including many exotic and endangered animals. Stroll through 14 gardens. Claude Caille established the zoo in 1966. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, La Palmyre-Les Mathes holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the La Palmyre Zoo and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • It's a very beautiful Zoo, well-made, well-designed, and especially great. It takes a good 4 hours to visit.
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  • Very nice zoo! the animals were active during our visit (wolves, monkeys, the lion...) The proximity with giraffes, zebras or elephant bring a plus! The small farm please always children! We were delighted and good laughs with the animals! It took us a good 4 hours minimum! Very diverse, the enclosure are clean, just minus the size of the cages! Having more zoos than zoos, surprised by the appearance of small enclosure! Have seen animals that have rarely seen (fennec, tapir...) Must visit in the region! We participated in the training of sea lions, we felt they were playful and that they had to do the "show"! Thank you
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  • A very bad zoo for people who work and are familiar with the operation of zoos. The needs of the species absolutely are not taken into consideration: lack of apparatus, sand in all the enclosures, no point of decline in terms of visitors. Almost all animals have some stereotypies (round-trip, quilting, OCD behavior): it is particularly glaring in the cats and parrots. No enrichment is set up, to believe that the practice of the enrichment is not known in this zoo (?!). Healers are not even in uniform in the pits (civilian clothes) and who seem to not even care to their animals or their work (see portable by hand). Not even talking of aquatic species that reside in tiled pools. I would absolutely not recommend this zoo completely obsolete, and when I see this kind of establishment, I understand people anti-zoos.
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  • Hands on experience for children and adults. A whole day spent there is a day well spent. Reasonably priced, free for disabled people. Lacks places to eat your picnic but that really is the only negative. Old and young enjoyed feeding the Giraffes and petting the Rhinos. What more can I say!
  • Visited a few years back, was possibly the best zoo experience I've had. Touched so many different animals and got close to some amazing creatures.
  • Such a massive zoo with lots of different animals to see. The best bit is feeding the giraffes popcorn when you first go in! A great experience.
  • It's the perfect place for all family! Many different animals and you can even touch them)
  • Best zoo I've ever visited! The only zoo where you can see the captivity is doing them no harm and they are happy in their environment!