ZooParc de Beauval is France’s largest and most diverse zoological park, with over 6,000 animals of 600 different species under its roof. Animals are classified under seven families: herbivores (giraffes, zebras, rhinos), birds (cockatoos, sea eagles, vultures), reptiles (chameleons, turtles, snakes, tortoises), fishes (clown fishes, piranhas, seahorses), big cats (tigers, lions, pumas), primates (macaques, lemurs, capuchin monkeys), and aquatic mammals (sea lions, manatees). Some of the specimens housed by ZooParc de Beauval are endangered and are kept in captivity for breeding purposes; one of the zoo’s mission is to help visitors preserve the Earth’s biodiversity through a variety of tips and tools.
In addition to basins, greenhouses, and other habitats, ZooParc de Beauval offers many shows between March and September.
ZooParc de Beauval is located in Saint-Aignan in central France. It is accessible by bus from Blois train station between April and September according to the train schedules. Transfers take about an hour and runs three times daily. Tickets cost €2. It can also be reached by car in one hour from nearby Tours via routes A85, D976, and D675. There is ample free parking on site. Zoo de Beauval is open every day of the year from 9 am including bank holidays. Schedules for the panda zone and the tropical greenhouses vary throughout the year. Admission fees are €29 per visitor aged over 11, and €23 for children aged between 3 and 10. There are three ZooParc themed hotels within the zoo’s vicinity.