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“Fascinating animals”

Reserve Zoologique de Calviac
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed August 10, 2012

A collection of fascinating and endangered animals in beautiful surroundings. A chance to get very close to many of them. Not large but well worth the time. I especially enjoyed watching a fossa climbing through trees only a few metres away.It also has the most beautiful entry building I have ever seen at a zoo. Dedicated to conservation - make sure you vote for the conservation project you want supported when you leave. They also offer a discount if you arrive by bus or bike. Well worth a visit.

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Reviewed July 29, 2012 via mobile

I visited the reserve with my husband and 6 year old daughter today and have to say this has been one of the best if not the best animal parks I have ever been too. There may not be lions, tigers etc, but there are animals I have never heard of and you get so close to them. I cannot believe the last persons review as this was a completely different experience to that we had today. We did get to the park when it opened at 9.30 and it may be that the animals are livelier at this time before the heat kicks in. You could run around the park in 30 minutes, if you dont stop to read the information and take the time to look for the animals and appreciate them up close and without bars, but we were there for 2 hours and i could have spent all day in the lemur enclosure! It is clear that the people that run the park are passionate about the animals and their preservation and it is definitely worth a visit, moreso than the animal park at gramat and reptiland, which are very unimpressive in comparison to the reserve.

3  Thank jop_9
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Reviewed June 29, 2012

Visited here today we were in and out in under an hour. We were constantly bitten by Mosquitos and I would not go back if someone else was paying.

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Reviewed September 28, 2011

We visited the Reserve Zoologique de Calviac on a day trip visiting some of the attractions around Sarlat, in the Dordogne region of France. This lovely reserve is only 10 kms from Sarlat, on the road to Souillac. When you walk up the steep path to the reserve, you get the impression that the reserve is very natural, which it is. When you arrive at the entry, there is a sign advising that the reserve is not a place for "site consumers" i.e. it is not a zoo where animals are on display. This is a reserve giving sanctuary to endangered species of animals from around the world. They may or may not come out to see you when you are there. However, we saw all the animals at the sanctuary except the minks. In case there are any non-animal lovers reading this, there was some pretty strong security around the mink enclosure. The entry fees go to help preserve these species in their own environments. The reserve consists of a number of enclosures, all of which are very natural. The enclosure for the monkeys is fascinating. You walk into their enclosure and you are right there amongst them. To be honest, I was a bit frightened and left the area to photograph them from just outside the gate to their enclosure but my husband stayed in with them and got some amazing close up photos. Despite being curious about him, they did not reach out to touch him, and you were requested not to do the same, which we respected. This is a very natural and undeveloped reserve. It seems to fit right in with the amazing animals they have. There is ample off road parking at the Reserve, which is right on the main route between Sarlat and Souillac. The entry fee is 8.50 Euro for adults. They take Visa and Mastercard. There is a tiny cafe area (very basic, i.e. ice creams from the freezer, bottled water) and toilets. English is spoken and the labels on the animal's enclosures are also in English as well as French. It is open 10am - 7pm May, June and September and from 9.30am in July and August. Their latest brochure as of September 2011 states that they are open 10am - 6pm 1 Oct - 14 Nov and 1.30pm - 5.00pm from 15 Nov through to 1 April. We spent 90 minutes there, which seemed like a comfortable time to do this in.

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