What to see in France

La Palmyre Zoo


In Les Mathes, the Zoo de la Palmyre is a large animal park covering 18 hectares in a pine forest.

It is also one of the most visited in Charente-Maritime. One thousand six hundred animals (and 115 different species) live side by side in very different settings. Orangutans, chimpanzees and gorillas, for example, live in a three-hectare forest. Four islands allow them to be observed from the outside.

When it opened in 1966, the zoo housed only 60 animals, but its immediate success led to a constant expansion of the park. Today, the zoo is home to rare and endangered species such as Bornean elephants, lemurs from Madagascar and small pandas from Nepal. The zoo is committed to the protection of species and finances several associations for the protection of endangered species in Africa, Asia and Brazil. It has also been a founder of CEPA (Conservation of Animal Species and Populations) for 20 years now.

La Palmyre records more than 250 births per year.

Finally, La Palmyre Zoo plays its role as a "modern zoo" by informing and educating visitors about the animals so that they can better respect them. In order to organise your stay in Charente-Maritime and your visit to the Zoo de la Palmyre, we have selected several campsites for you.


Open all year round.

Opening hours: April to September: 9 am to 7 pm, October to March: 9 am to 6 pm.

Prices 2017: for adults, 17 €. For children from 3 to 12 years old, 13 €, free for children under 3 years old.

Contact details:

6, avenue de Royan

17570 Les Mathes

Tel: (+33) 5 46 22 46 06


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