The Hippopotamus Reserve

The Hippopotamus Reserve

« An extraordinary view of Beauval’s hippos! »

Dive into the hippo pool

The Hippopotamus Reserve
The Hippopotamus Reserve
Pelican et hippos
Pelican et hippos

Pass through the doors of The Hippopotamus Reserve and become immersed in a truly breath-taking environment! Red river hogs, nyalas, and many species of birds live together in peace and harmony within this incredible space. Behold the aquatic dance of the hippos in their fabulous 1000 m3 glass tank.

Hippopotamus pond
Hippopotamus pond

The territory’s star animals

Nyalas - Les animaux de La Réserve des Hippopotames - ZooParc de Beauval
Red river hogs

The dance of the hippos

Kiwi and Kvido the hippos put on quite a show! Come and see them dance underwater thanks to a facility with incredible underwater viewing. Dive down deep into The Hippopotamus Reserve…

Giant yet surprisingly agile

The most dangerous animals in Africa!

Don’t be fooled by their clumsy appearance on land! Hippos are capable of charging at speeds of just under 20 mph. Yet, when they are in the water, these huge mammals move with surprising grace! Come and observe them bouncing around the bottom of the pool during feeding time to see just how agile they are!

Hippopotame au bord de l'eau - Les animaux de La Réserve des Hippopotames - ZooParc de Beauval

Did you know ?

The Hippopotamus Reserve receives an award!

The most beautiful new animal space in 2016!

Each year, astonishing new spaces are created at Beauval! In 2016, it was the Hippopotamus Reserve, with its innovative, unique design.
It quickly became an award-winning installation!

« I’ve been stunned by the hippopotamus area : a whole new area with a waterfall, rocks… birds all around - you can see them underwater then from the 1st floor. »

givilomitour - Sep 2017

An impressive animal reserve at the very heart of Beauval

The Hippopotamus Reserve
The Hippopotamus Reserve

Set off on an expedition into African territory

The ZooParc de Beauval’s hippopotamus reserve leads you into an open-air reserve. Once inside, an extraordinary building allows you to enjoy the stunning scenery on 3 different levels, whilst hundreds of birds take flight overhead.

3 levels for observing the animals

More than 100 birds

44 m viewing window

1 1,000 m3 pool

The Beauval Nature association

For the past 15 years, the Beauval Nature association has joined forces with field workers to support them in their primary mission of species conservation. Beauval works closely with numerous conservation and research programmes around the world to study and protect endangered species. This everyday action takes place in order to protect our biodiversity.

Hippopotame sous l'eau - Beauval Nature - ZooParc de Beauval
Beauval Nature

Do your part for conservation!

Sponsor an animal!

Becoming an animal sponsor allows you to form a strong relationship with your favourite animal whilst financing the conservation programmes supported by the Beauval Nature association. All money paid is allocated in full to the association and is then invested into one of the many species conservation programmes it supports around the world.

What’s happening in this territory?

Common hippopotamus

Educational talks


Approximately 6 minutes 11:15 AM, 3:15 PM, 5:15 PM

What is this red substance secreted by their skin pores and what is it used for? Are they really able to swim? What are the threats for this species? Discover it during our recorded presentations!

Keeper for a Day


Keeper for a Day

Spend an extraordinary morning behind the scenes at Beauval!

Junior Keeper


Junior Keeper

An incredible day for your children aged 10 to 17 years old as they step into the shoes of an animal keeper!

Where can I see them in the park?

Take full advantage of the experience thanks to our mobile application!
Find out more

Staying in the area for lunch?

Le Kilimandjaro - Restaurant - ZooParc de Beauval


Le Kilimandjaro

Near the bird show area, Le Kilimanjaro restaurant offers burgers, fish and chips, nuggets, salads, drinks, and desserts.

Take the experience further…

Meet the ZooParc de Beauval’s animals during unique face-to-face meetings! Shows, backstage tours, working with keepers, there are so many different ways to get up close and personal with these fascinating animals!


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