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Baby zebra and agami with trumpet at the Safari de Peaugres (Ardèche)

Photo Safari of Peaugres

It was the end of March: a little Grant’s zebra was born at the Safari de Peaugres. The fruit of love between Zaïk and Zimba, the third baby they had together. And that you can now see on the car circuit of the animal park.

On the side of the walking route, it is in the minus greenhouse that a new species has arrived, the trumpet agami. A bird native to South America that has the particularity of emitting a nasal cluck: a series of close whu-whus that go crescendo before ending muffled. You will be able to observe a male and a female who have recently been introduced to each other.

It is still in this greenhouse that the couple of white-faced saki (a monkey from South America) gave birth to a baby. During the first weeks of his life, he clung to his mother’s hairy belly. A little over 2 months after birth, he should be a little more independent and therefore a little more visible.

These individuals join the approximately 1,200 animals that inhabit the animal park.

Open every day during school holidays, 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. (ticket office closes at 5 p.m.). Prices: from 19.90 to 25€. D821, Peaugres. www.safari-peaugres.com

The gigantic seismosaurus at the Dino Zoo (Doubs)

Photo Dino Zoo

While June 8 will arrive in theaters the final installment of the Jurassic Park saga (Jurassic World: the world after), why not immerse yourself in the atmosphere by going to the Dino Zoo. One park, two routes: one dedicated to our prehistoric ancestors and another to dinosaurs.

And it is on this circuit that eleven new statues have appeared. Among them, the spectacular replica of the seismosaurus, the largest in France.

A quadruped from the Upper Jurassic with massive measurements (8 m high, 50 m long, 30 tons on the scale) which evolved in New Mexico.

Open every day during the holidays, 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Prices: from €9.50 to €13.50. 1 rue de la Préhistoire, Etalans. www.dino-zoo.com

Photo Progress/Nicolas BINOUX

A giant step on the Himalayan footbridge

No, this book does not belong to an amusement park. But it’s an attraction on its own. And it offers very, very strong sensations.

This work is the Himalayan footbridge linking Grazac to Saint-Maurice-de-Lignon (Haute-Loire), open this Easter weekend.

With its 270 m, it is the longest in France. And it offers a panorama of hell. Walkers, curious people and mountain bikers can cross it… 60 m above the ground. Vertigo, vertigo!

A new giraffe in Touroparc (Saône-et-Loire)

Photo Touropark

While at Romanèche-Thorins, Touroparc is preparing a surprise for its visitors, this summer a newcomer has come to expand the zoo’s small animal world: a giraffe, born at the end of last November, which for the first time showed the end of its its young muzzle to the curious, at the end of February, during an outing in the outdoor enclosure.

This is the case whenever the weather permits. This baby is one of some 600 animals of 125 different species present on the site.

Open daily, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Prices: from 15 to 21€. 400 rue du Parc, Romanèche-Thorins. www.touroparc.com

Giant anteater and dik-dik at the Animal Park of Auvergne (Puy-de-Dôme)

Auvergne animal park photo

A small haven of calm and greenery, the Animal Park of Auvergne is home to 350 animals of 65 rare and endangered species. In fact, 75% of its boarders are part of European breeding programs.

Here, one can discover kulans (a wild donkey from Central Asia), biturongs (a “cat-bear” from Southeast Asia), dholes (an Asian canine living in packs), wolverines, coendous (a porcupine from Brazil)… So many rare individuals whose characteristics and ways of life are fascinating to discover.

And it’s not over. Reopened since mid-February, the animal park now hosts a giant anteater (or also anteater) from South America. And, once the new building of the hippopotamus Jules is ready, dik-diks… African dwarf antelopes with adorable faces.

Open every day of the holidays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Prices: from 7.5 to 16€. Road to Anzat, Ardes. www.parcanimalierdauvergne.fr

Rivière du lion and encounter with seals at PAL (Allier)

PAL picture

New things are also waiting for you at the PAL. In addition to the arrival of 15 new faces (cervicapres antelopes, Bennet’s wallabies, squirrel monkeys, red pandas, Nile waterbucks, etc.), the animal park and amusement park has designed a new area for children: La Rivière du lion . A playground with climbing walls, trampoline, slides, suspension bridges which will be crossed by a river animated by water games.

The PAL also offers a new service: an hour of immersion with harbor seals alongside the trainers. Alas, this moment will not be within the reach of all budgets (it costs €150!) but the entire sum will be donated to its biodiversity protection fund.

Open every day during the holidays, 10am-6pm. Prices: from 24 to 32€. Saint-Pourçain-sur-Besbre, Dompierre-sur-Besbre. www.lepal.com

Brazil and soon an exotic island invite themselves to Walibi (Isère)

Walibi has reopened its doors to the public. And during all the spring holidays, the amusement park sets itself on Rio time by organizing a big “CarnawAAAL” until May 1st… Costumed waders, batucadas, dancers, make-up activities await visitors.

What to accompany in music and colors your tours in one of the 32 attractions (some, frankly dizzying) of the place.

For the rest, we will have to wait until June-July to discover the big novelty of 2022: the new Exotic Island space which will have a family attraction, a restaurant and aquatic playgrounds in a setting announced as tropical.

A new place (phase 2 of which should be completed by 2024), while the old aquatic area, which made the joy of so many families, has been razed to the ground.

Open daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Prices: from 24 to 35€. 1380 route de la Corneille, Les Avenières. www.walibi.fr

50 years of history at the zoo of Saint-Martin-la-Plaine (Loire)

Photo Progress archives/Yves Salvat

That was exactly 50 years ago. Eliane and Pierre Thivillon laid the foundations of what was to become the zoological space of Saint-Martin-la-Plaine.

They first take in injured animals, then a baby gorilla (Alexis), then chimpanzees, then Plato the Gorilla, then other gorillas, then species other than primates. Today, there are Siberian lynxes, arctic wolves, ocelots, Siberian tigers… In all, a thousand animals to discover on a 2 km route.

With its association Tonga, founded in 2008, the park has already saved hundreds of seized or abandoned wild animals. And has become a benchmark in the field.

In this anniversary year, it is changing its logo and offering new animal meals with red pandas, gorillas, tigers, lions, chimpazes…

It’s time to go back in time, savor the present and prepare for the future of Saint-Martin-la-Plaine, by visiting it with your children.

Open daily, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. (tills close at 6 p.m.). Prices: €13 to €17.Rue Antoine Seytre, 42800 Saint-Martin-la-Plaine. www.espace-zoologique.com

The Dombes nature reserve accessible from the Bird Park (Ain)

The Bird Park, its 2,000 feathered beasts, its panoramic tower and its 35 ha, reopened in early April.

In addition to the Mission 2070 experience, which began last year, visitors will be able to enjoy the Dombes nature reserve. Paths and observatories have been set up to observe the site and its inhabitants.

These visits are made only with a guide.

Open daily, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. (ticket office closes at 5 p.m.). Prices: from 12 to 21 €. D1083, Villars-les-Dombes. www.parcdesoiseau.com

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