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Refuge de L'Arche

Rte de Menil, 53200 Chateau-Gontier, France
.02 43 07 24 38
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Type: Zoos
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English first
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

This place is not a usual zoo. It is rather a sanctuary that takes care of animals abandoned,withdrawn from their owners or being treated. You can see monkeys, snakes, tigers, etc... Just like in a real zoo in the beautiful French countryside. It is very pedagogical as it shows to children (and adults) that animals are not toys and a... More

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London, United Kingdom
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50 reviews 50 reviews
30 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013

It is tired looking and some of the animals were not in the best condition which was sad to see. However the organisation claims that it is serving a good cause, so in that respect we wanted to support it. If going with young kids, buy the overpriced, salt free, butter free, taste free popcorn to feed to the animals.... More

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5 reviews 5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

Great place which can restore your Faith in humanity. The children loved giving the animals popcorn. The toilets and picnic benches were clean and well maintained.

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st helier
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

We opted to visit the Refuge de L'Arche as the other zoo's were a bit too far. We were told that it was a bit of a farm with a few animals where you could purchase pop corn to feed the tennants. It turned out to be a really special day and the kids were absolutely mesmerised by feeding the... More

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Angers, France
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

This isn't a zoo, so don't expect fancy animal enclosures etc. It is an animal rescue centre and offers a safe home for many animals and birds rescued from all over Europe. The stories of the animals' lives before they came here can be very sad, so be prepared to be moved.

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ARMAILLE
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113 reviews 113 reviews
48 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2012

This is a 40 acre park given over to "waifs & strays" of the animal kingdm. Many have been unwanted "pets" that have outgrown their homes. It is just outside Chateau-Gontier in the Mayenne region between Laval and Angers. If you want to fully enjoy it then allow yourself plenty of time and pick a sunny day.

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North of Angers
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2012

This centre isn't smart, like a commercial zoo, but they have a wide range of animals they have rescued from various terrible situations and some of the rescue stories are amazing.

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