How much subsidy does the zoo get?
This zoo is entirely privately run and does not receive any subsidy. It relies completely on the income it generates to continue its work and to renovate, improve and enlarge the enclosures… So it’s the many visitors it welcomes every year who make everything possible!
Can we give animals to the zoo?
No, we never accept animals from private individuals. The best solution is always to think carefully before taking an animal into your home, to avoid the possibility of having to abandon it due to lack of space or time to look after it properly…
Can we bring an injured animal to the zoo?
French laws on wildlife protection mean we cannot accept injured animals. You should arrange for them to be taken to an approved animal rescue centre.
If you find an injured bird, you should contact the bird rescue centre: Centre de soins de Pont de Gau (Camargue) on 04.90.97.82.62
For injured birds and mammals, contact the regional wildlife rescue centre: Centre Régional de Sauvegarde de la Faune Sauvage de Buoux on 04.90.74.52.44.
How can I become a zookeeper?
Being a zookeeper is a great job! You need to be adaptable, enjoy working in a team, be good with people (our visitors), work rigorously to a high standard and have plenty of energy! There are three colleges in France where you can obtain this qualification (be warned – they take very few students): the Centre de Formation d’Apprentis Agricoles du Lot (CFAA) at Gramat, the Institut Rural de Carquefou and the Centre de Formation Professionnelle et de Promotion Agricole de Loir-et-Cher (CFPPA) at Vendôme.
Does the zoo offer work placements?
Unfortunately, we are unable to accept all the requests we receive. We prioritise students on zookeeping courses and those studying biology or veterinary medicine, in their second year or above.