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  • 1966

    The zoo opens

    Ouverture du Zoo de La Palmyre en 1966

    The zoo opens, covering 2.5 hectares and housing 160 animals.

    129,500 visitors are recorded in the first season!

  • 1974

    First gorillas

    Premiers gorilles au Zoo de la Palmyre en 1974

    Arrival of the first gorillas, King-Kong, Natacha, Annette and Martha.

  • 1975

    First Giraffe enclosure

    Construction of the giraffe enclosure and arrival of its first couple, Roby I and Sophie.
  • 1978

    Arrival of orangutans

    Arrival of three orangutans (Borg, Lotus and Tiba) from Twycross Zoo in England. At the same time, the zoo sees its first gorilla birth – a female named Sabrina.
  • 1979

    First baby giraffe

    1ere naissance de girafe au zoo de la palmyre en 1979
    Sophie gives birth to her first baby, a female called Kitrie.
  • 1980

    Construction of the monkey house

    Construction of the monkey house. The zoo sees its first colobus monkey birth.
  • 1984

    Construction of the iconic flamingo rock

    Construction of the iconic flamingo rock at the entrance to the zoo and of the rhinoceros enclosure. In August 1984, the zoo welcomes its first white rhinoceros couple, Noëlle and Whist, from Holland and England respectively.
  • 1985

    The sea lions

    The sea lions put on their first show at the zoo!
  • 1986

    Birth of a polar bear.

    Birth of a polar bear.
  • 1989

    First sea lion birth

    The zoo sees its first sea lion birth – which is also a first in France!
  • 1990

    Georges de Caunes on an island

    George de Caunes sur une ile du zoo de la palmyre en 1990
    Georges de Caunes lives alone for 2 weeks on one of the zoo’s islands to observe humans from the point of view of animals.
  • 1992

    Construction of the new Asian elephant house

    Construction of the new Asian elephant house and area: Shinto, Malicia and Alix discover their new home! The African plain is laid out. The zoo has now doubled in surface: it covers more than 9 hectares.
  • 1995

    The nocturama

    A new nocturama becomes home to more than 300 Egyptian and Rodriguez fruit-bats.
  • 1996

    Construction of the vivarium

    Construction du vivarium au zoo de la palmyre
    Construction of the vivarium and the polar bear basin. The latter contains 1,000m3 of filtered water and includes 34m2 of 7cm-thick glass! The zoo now covers 14 hectares
  • 2007

    Construction of an ape area

    Construction espace grands singes au zoo de la palmyre
    Beginning of the construction of an ape area on unused land in the northern part of the zoo, behind the African plain with its ostriches, zebras and impalas.
  • 2009

    Opening of the ape area

    Opening of the ape area after more than 2 ½ years of work. It houses a group of chimpanzees, a group of orangutans and 5 gorillas. The zoo now covers a total of 18 hectares.
  • 2011

    Death of Claude Caillé

    Claude Caillé et les gorilles
    In March death of Claude Caillé, zoo founder. In september death of Irène Caillé, wife of Claude Caillé.
  • 2011

    Demolition of the old gorilla building

    Destruction de l'ancien bâtiment des gorilles du zoo de la palmyre
    Demolition of the old gorilla and chimpanzee building next to the lake and construction of a new building for lemurs and capuchins.
  • 2012

    New enclosure for greater kudus

    Les grands koudous au zoo de la palmyre
    Opening of the new enclosure for the greater kudus near the ape area.
  • 2012

    First white rhinoceros birth

    1ere naissance de rhinoceros au Zoo de la Palmyre
    La Palmyre sees its first white rhinoceros birth!
  • 2013

    New quarantine building

    Construction of a new quarantine building and also an enclosure for the bongos where the old greater kudu enclosure stood.
  • 2014

    Scimitar-horned oryx building

    Rénovation du bâtiment des algazelles zoo palmyre
    Renovation of the Scimitar-horned oryx building.
  • 2017

    New elephant building

    Batiment éléphant zoo palmyre
    Construction of a new building for a male elephant.
  • 2018

    The mandrill enclosure

    Enclos des mandrills au Zoo de la Palmyre
    The mandrills move to the former coati enclosure.
  • 2019

    A new shop

    Boutique Zoo de la Palmyre
    Construction of a new zoo gift shop.
  • 2022

    The Giant Otters

    Bassin des loutres géantes du Zoo de la Palmyre
    Construction of an enclosure for the Giant Otters at the foot of the vivarium.