Zoo - De La Palmyre - in Royan

Make it a great day out and visit the Zoo in Royan. It's a great place to visit if you would like to show your children different animals.

I know, sometimes it is not nice to see all the caged animals but de la Palmyre is a lovely place and to me all the animals seems to be taken care of very well.

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I have taken my kids a couple of times and they have always enjoyed it, which might have something to do with the ice cream I bought them.............

When we have guests staying at 'La Petite Maison' I always recommend it and once people return they always say that they had a great day out.

Zoo Royan

My son trying to stroke a Giraffe

La Palmyre was created in 1967 by Claude Caillé, a man of passion and determination driven by a taste for adventure and a pioneering spirit.

Claude was about 20 when his wife Irène introduced him to the world of animals.

From then on, he was consumed by the idea of opening a zoo. In 1957 he started out with a small travelling Zoo that he and his wife took into schools.

They travelled the length and breath of France with their two little boys, Patrick and Bruno.

In the 1960s, Claude went to Africa several times. He worked with Carr Hartley, who captured and sold animals to places around the world.

Back in France with a stock of exotic animals, he needed a location, and he thought of La Palmyre.

At the heart of a forest of maritime pines, very close to Atlantic beaches of fine sand, it is a magnificent site.

In June 1966, La Palmyre opened its doors, displaying 60 animals over three hectares.

Zoo Royan

By the end of August that same year, it had already attracted 129,500 visitors and was a roaring success.

Every year the it seems to be growing and currently you will see about 1,600 animals.

Over time it has become the most popular private Zoo in France, attracting almost 800,000 visitors a year, as well as one of the most famous ones in Europe and it remains a family firm.

Following are the opening times and prices.

From the 1st April to the 30th September it's open from 9.00am until 7.00pm

And from the 1st October to the 31st March it's open from 9.00am to 6.00pm

As you can see it's open all year round. I guess the animals want to be fed and cleaned every day and they don't care if it is Christmas or any other Bank Holiday................

The Zoo is wheelchair accessible. Parking is free. Note : for health and safety reasons, dogs are not allowed in the Zoo, even on leads.

Admission prices for 2010:

Adults euros 15.00

Children between 3-12 euros 11.00

It sounds quite expensive, but once you've actually been you can see where all the money is going.

Zoo Royan

My daughter playing with a goat

Once you finished with the Zoo and you have any energy left why not take a drive in to Royan for some dinner or just a relaxing drink.

Or just stop at one of the beaches you will find here and have a cooldown or just dip your toes in.

Just have some fun.......................

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