La Palmyre Zoo in Charente-Maritime takes you along a 4-km marked trail to see 1,600 animals from 130 different species. Located in the 18-hectare park of the same name, the zoo is one of the best known in Europe.
As well as mammals, birds and reptiles, it has several endangered species including the white rhinoceros and an important breeding programme.
La Palmyre Zoo was founded by animal enthusiast Claude Caillé in 1966, who had formed a travelling zoo ten years earlier. He gave the sixty animals a permanent home amidst a three-hectare pine forest, attracting 129,500 visitors in just a few months.
From Tuesday 1 April to Tuesday 30 September 2014 :
Every day, from 09:00 to 19:00
From Wednesday 1 October 2014 to Tuesday 31 March 2015 :
Every day, from 09:00 to 18:00
Admission prices :
Children from 3 to 12 years : 11 €
Full price : 15 €