Safari, so goody.

As I’ve mentioned before on my blog, I don’t like zoos. I don’t really like safari parks, or in fact anywhere that wild animals are kept locked up, however I also accept that these places are necessary.

If they are going to exist though, then they should all be like the one not too far from me. Situated a short distance to the west of Nantes is this place: a great example of how to run a park. I come here fairly often, bringing my kids and grandkids when they come to visit, but also my friends kids when I haven’t been for a while and fancy a visit. It must be said, I love the place.


There are three main parts to the park. 1. The safari trail, done in the car. 2. Half way round there ‘s a stop with a kids zoo type thing, goats, sheep, donkeys and chooks roam free trying to steal your popcorn, then finally, 3. There is the pedestrian area, which encompasses the reptile park, Marine City, large birds, primates and various other creatures from this great  big wide world.


The “big five” are here, and the route of the safari trail takes you through the middle of their habitat. Many years ago I was in a car with a sunroof, and my daughter was standing up through it feeding a giraffe. My friends behind took a picture but sadly, over the years and various house moves, its been lost. Over the course of my visits I’ve hand fed elephants, camels and had a tiger put the drivers side wing mirror into its mouth.


Driving through with the windows open, all manner of beasts come to to your window to see if any nutrient less popcorn you’ve bought at the entrance is available. Its quite exciting to have a zebra, or a kudu with its head entirely in the car, and feeding them by hand remains a thrill, no matter how many times I do it. (Be careful though, zebras bite)!


The lions are magnificent, the big male serenely surveys his harem (the windows are closed here).


Its not a cheap day out, its a tourist spot so all food, drinks and souvenirs are horrifically expensive but there’s little in this world that gives me a better feeling than this:



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10 Responses to Safari, so goody.

  1. My preference, of course, is for areas where animals are free to be themselves, which includes the need to evade predators. However, a wise man once said “In the end we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand; and we will understand only what we are taught.” (Baba Dioum, 1968.) And what better teaching than seeing, hearing, smelling and, where appropriate, touching. That is the value of zoos and safari parks, every bit as much as providing a save environment where critically endangered populations can be allowed to increase their numbers away from the hunters’ and poachers’ guns and the habitat destruction that accompanies the unfettered increase in human populations..

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    • My preference is exactly the same as yours, however, for the reasons you listed towards the end of your reply, we need to have such places. I remember in the mid 90’s working in Gerald Durrells zoo in Jersey, and thinking to myself that that too was a great place, space a plenty and conservation of the species of paramount importance.

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  2. Nikki says:

    Amen to both you gentlemen! Your photos and narrative reminded me of the Wildlife Safari we have here in the southern part of Oregon at Winston. I haven’t visited in decades, not since there were children in my life… reminded me to take this “child” down there this spring. 😉
    I checked online and found that the cheetah breeding program that was their founding basis is alive and thriving… the most in the northern hemisphere. (176 and counting) I look forward to seeing the changes in the forty years since I started visiting… in the photos they look impressive. That will make it easier to swallow the price increases since my last visit.
    Thanks for your gentle prod.

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    • The Wildlife Safari sounds fantastic, and anything that advances saving what remains of our flora and fauna can almost always only be a good thing. I think a cheetah breeding program is excuse enough not to need a child to take with you, enjoy.


  3. Wow, I’d love to do that! What an experience being able to drive through and pet all the big animals! Our local zoo isn’t anything like that.

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  4. Lucas says – What a wonderful place to visit. The Mother really likes the photo of the Giraffe. We agree that although zoos do help animals, we always like to see them being able to roam around and be free. You were very lucky to feed the Zebra. #animaltales

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    • Thanks for reading, I love the place. I couldnt agree more that animals should be free and i’ve been incredibly lucky to have seen a lot of them in the wild, but sadly, the world being what it is, zoos and safari parks are needed.
      if you can bear it, find the post on my blog re the Beijing Zoo, that is EXACTLY how NOT to run a zoo, truly awful.


  5. Like others before me I am not overly keen on zoos but they do teach people about the animals we share our world with and in many they do work hard on conservation issues. Our local zoo has done much over the last few years to improve (no doubt paid for in part by the very expensive ice creams etc at the café!) and if a visitor comes away with a bit more understanding and love for the animals they have seen then that must be a good thing.

    Many thanks for linking up with #AnimalTales and I hope one day you find that giraffe photo.

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    • Yup, zoos and safari parks shouldn’t exist, but sadly, they have to.
      The goals of them has to be conservation and knowledge and providing animal welfare is of the utmost importance then I’m happy for them to be there as a least worst option.
      I’d love to find the pic but I suspect its long gone. If I ever do find it though, it shall be a post all on its own.


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