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Nestled at the heart of an 18-hectare pine forest, the Zoo de La Palmyre is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the Charente-Maritime. Every year some 700,000 visitors follow its pathways in order to observe more than 1,600 mammals, birds and reptiles from 110 different species.
Beyond providing a pleasant and entertaining day out for the general public, the Zoo de La Palmyre plays an important role in the conservation of endangered species, scientific research and environmental education. Every year it registers 200–300 births – a success story explained by the care given to nutrition and to the animals’ wellbeing.
Founded by Claude Caillé in 1966, this unique site has grown into one of best-known zoos in France and as part of the region’s heritage is held in great affection.
1 April to 30 September: 9am–7pm
1 October to 31 March: 9am–6pm.
Note: last entry is 1hr 30mins before the zoo closes; animals begin to go into their buildings 30mins before the zoo closes.
Average length of visit: 4 hours.
Note: for hygiene and security reasons, dogs, even those on a lead, are not admitted. ‘Les amis des bêtes’ shelter in Médis takes in dogs for the day (tel: 05 46 05 47 45).
Animal feeding: for health and safety reasons, any personal food items for the animals are prohibited.
Inside the zoo (from Easter to Halloween only): bar with fast food (hot dogs, sandwiches and crêpes), cold drinks machines, ice cream, shops.
The zoo has disabled access. Wheelchairs can be rented at the drugtstore in La Palmyre: (0033) 546 224 082.
Adult = €17
Child aged 3–12 = €13
for children under 3
Adult annual subscription card = €51
Annual subscription card for a child aged 3–12 = €39
Means of payment:
- credit card
- French National Holiday vouchers (ANCV).