|Royans Animal Conservation Zoo at La Palmyre
near our Family Friendly gites in sw France
|Just 1hr15 mins drive from our french holiday cottages in the Charente Maritime, takes you to the La Palmyre
Zoo near Royan. It is set in a lovely forest. There is plenty of parking and is well worth the entry fee.
The 'zoo' is actually an animal conservation park - you'll realise as soon as you enter that the animals are
extremely well cared for and proof of this is all the babies they produce. Any new arrival is announced on a
board outside their area, with the date of birth.
They also rescue animals from 'bad' zoos around the world and give them the care they need and deserve.
It is very well laid out and you can easily spend the whole day there.
|As soon as you enter with your bag
of popcorn, the giraffes lean over
and gently lick your hand clean with
their huge tongues. (take wipes and
hand cleanser !)
Its a fantastic place for children as its
extremely interactive. The goat pen
is a particular favourite as the
children can wander around the
goats and stroke the kid goats.
Our children love it and we go to the
La Palmyre zoo every year.
|Peacocks roam free. There are
restaurants, vending machines,
benches and shade.
Some of these pictures were taken
out of season. In high season it gets
very busy - our top tip - get there for
9am, it means an early start and its
still busy but you avoid the queues.
Take a picnic or aim to get out by
lunchtime and go to a restaurant in