Zoo de Jurques in Normandy
I think it would be fair to say that most children love a trip to the zoo so if you are on holiday at Eco-Gites of Lenault you will not be disappointed to hear that there is one zoo very close the gite. We have been several times and love it.
Zoo de Jurques
Zoo de Jurques is just a 20 minute car drive away and is home to 650 animals of all shapes and sizes. Pride of place (excuse the pun!) is it's collection is 3 magnificent white lions who were all abandoned at birth and hand reared by the keepers. These will never be released into the wild but the zoo is involved in plenty of conservation programmes to both protect habitats and reintroduce animals back into the wild.
Keepers run regular feeding sessions through the day with various animals including red pandas, bats, penguins, wolves, lemurs, cheetahs, kangaroos and monkeys. However on our last visit our favourite session was in the reptile garden where, if you want, you can hold a snake. Would you be brave enough?
There is also a large walk in aviary where you can feed those birds brave enough to come to your hand, like this cockatoo.
As well as the animals there is a play area, well stocked shop and large restuarant and snack bars. Many of the paths taking you around the zoo are under shady trees making this a pleasant place to visit on even the hottest of days.
The zoo is open from early February to the end of November although there are fewer feeding sessions in non-peak months. An adult ticket is 16€ and a child (3-11yrs) is 10€. Children under 3 are free.
For further details visit the Zoo de Jurques website