Frequently asked questions
Beauval was created in 1980 by Françoise Delord, passionate about birds and the animal world. A crazy bet that became an extraordinary success : ranked n°1 among the zoos and aquariums of France (ranking by Trip Advisor, Traveler's Choice Attractions Awards 2014), Beauval has even been ranked among the 15 most beautiful zoos in the world (by Forbes Traveler) !
Beauval shelters 8000 animals from 600 different species.
Food consumption at Beauval comes to three tons daily !
Each animal follows a specific diet adapted to its species ; giving them some food that is not included in that diet can make them seriously sick. It is therefore strictly forbidden to feed the animals, except the fishes of the streams of Beauval and the animals of the tiny farm (non salted pop-corn sold at the entrance of the zoo).
The zoological park stretches on more than 30 hectares.
Most of the visitors spend a whole day at Beauval. We suggest an arrival at early morning in order to enjoy completely the animals. It is nevertheless possible to make the visit in less time, a minimum of 5 hours being highly recommended, taking into account the schedule of the birds show ("Les Maîtres des Airs") and the sea lions show ("L’Odyssée des lions de mer").
Yes, 10 catering spots offers hot dishes or fast food options ; one self-service canteen, a burgers restaurant, a creperie and 7 terraces are there for you to enjoy. There are not open on a daily basis ; please consult the information board at the entrance of the zoo or on our mobile website.
No, the picnics are forbidden inside the zoo. An area of 300 seats, with benches and tables, is available on the car park. It is possible to enter the zoo and then go out to picnic, subject to the delivery of an exit stamp at the shop.
The zoo is open every day, all year long, from 9am (except under exceptional climatic conditions that could affect the traffic and/or the security of the visitors of Beauval).
Please, refer to the staff of one of our catering spots ; they all are connected permanently with walkies-talkies. The concerned child will be accompanied at the entrance of the zoo.
The winter activity of a zoological park is different from the summer one. If some animals live in their shelters because of the low outside temperatures, a lot of them are still visible inside the tropical hothouse or glazed houses.
The zoo is not a wandering place for our friends the dogs neither other pets. Therefore, we highly recommend you not to visit the zoo with them. For more information, contact us at 0033 254 755 000.
Bicycles, children bikes, roller skates and scooters are forbidden inside the zoo.
Please refer to the schedule and prices page
The birds show ("Les Maîtres des Airs") and Sea Lions show ("L’Odyssée des lions de mer"), being two different shows, are included in the entrance fee. No entrance fee is asked inside the zoological park.
Of course ! The dedicated website « Children Groups » presents the school prices and the entire pedagogical offer of Beauval. (In French only)
Please refer to the access page.
The zoological park of Beauval and its hotels represent 150 permanent employees, to whom are added some 200 seasonal workers. With the opening, in 2015, of a third hotel complex, 90 people from the hotel and catering area will join the staff.
How many visitors a year come to Beauval ?
The zoological park of Beauval has received 1.1 million visitors in 2015.
For deontological purposes, the zoological parks removed all money question about animals exchanges. Each of them proceeds by exchange or breeding loan, every animal of Beauval coming from other zoological parks.
Definitely not ! Neither the big cats, neither the primates are built for becoming pets. Chimpanzees, to take this example only, can become extremely powerful and dangerous when adult. Furthermore, no one can turn into an animal carer and think about very serious knowledge about these specific species. Besides, these species, for some of them endangered, are most of the time part of breeding and protection programs. The possession of new pets creates a lot of problems, in particular when the animals are released into the wild (birds, small mammals, reptiles...). Actually, the possession of such animals by individuals is most of the time forbidden. Be very careful !