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Seek out the popular scimitar oryx, white rhino, polar bear, or golden lion tamarin at Zoo de La Palmyre 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. Plan to see Zoo de La Palmyre and other attractions that appeal to you using our La Palmyre-Les Mathes day trip planning tool.
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Zoo de La Palmyre reviews
Great day out with lots to see. Very close up and able to feed many animals like giraffes and ostriches. Seal shows were entertaining and animals all appeared well cared for.
Great day out with lots to see. Very close up and able to feed many animals like giraffes and ostriches. Seal shows were entertaining and animals all appeared well cared for. more »
The zoo is set in lovely gardens. However, there are many animals that are housed in too small enclosures for them to enjoy their environment. Many areas were dry concrete, a lot with nothing for..... more
The zoo is set in lovely gardens. However, there are many animals that are housed in too small enclosures for them to enjoy their environment. Many areas were dry concrete, a lot with nothing for..... more »
We visited this zoo during the French school holidays so there were quite a bit of people, but it wasn't crowded at all. I can't imagine how packed it probably gets during the spring or summer time. The tickets were 19€ per adult and 15€ per kid (3-12 years old). I feel like they should have had lower rates for the low season since there weren't any shows or presentations like there are during the high season. Still, there were lots of different animals to see at this zoo and we loved being welcomed by the flamingos at the zoo entrance as wel as being able to visit and pet the beautiful giraffes. We spent a little over 3 hours at this zoo and probably would have spent more time there if there were food options...we made the mistake of not checking in advance and didn't know that there was no possibility of purchasing food inside the zoo. We arrived at 10:30am and by 1:30pm we were very hungry. Also, it turns out that there's only one toilet that's open (towards the entrance of the zoo), so when we needed to use the restrooms towards 1:30pm and were at the goat petting area, we had to scramble and try to find an open toilet (the two closest ones were closed), so we didn't get to visit the chimpanzee/gorilla part of the zoo. We could have looped back around after using the restrooms, but at that point we were so hungry that we just decided to call it a day and leave the zoo. It was also a bit disappointing that the boutique was closed and we couldn't buy any souvenirs for the kids. It was also unfortunate that there aren't any shows or presentations during the low season. Overall we had a good time, but I think we'll have to go back again during the high season for a bit more animations and to spend more time there.
What a great visit ! Almost all outdoor, you still must wear a mask in the whole zoo. This place is crowded, my advise is to come at the opening, at 9am. There is not that much crowd and you can see almost all the animals waking up. Otherwise they will be sleeping all day long if it's a hot day. Great shows with parrots and sea lions.
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