The tenuous relationship between humans and nature finds balance at Le Refuge de l'Arche, where injured or ill wild animals are treated before being released back into the wild. Some animals stay for the remainder of their lives and can been seen from viewing terraces. The reconstructed habitats are spacious and do their best to emulate natural environments, so animals are well-prepared to reenter their wild homes. You’ll see a large variety of animals, from lions to cows. The refuge accepts most creatures: exotic pets, retired circus animals, aged farm animals, or injured wild birds. The only exceptions are cats and dogs. Put Le Refuge de l'Arche on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Chateau-Gontier road trip tool.
Le Refuge de l'Arche reviews
Good views of all the animals when we visited - and being able to read the stories of how the animals were rescued and ended up in the refuge added to the experience. more »
for anyone that is English and doesn't understand French. this zoo has rescued so many animals over the years, they're main job is taking care and looking after the animals. each animal enclosure has.... more »
Most enjoyable & educational, and a delight to see what can be done to save maltreated or unfortunate animals and give them a new and fulfilling life. More power to the organisers and supporters of the facility. A credit to them and to the animals they've rescued. Most enjoyable & instructive.
I felt sorry for the animals. The cages look very insecure. The animals were bored, nothing to simulate them. The whole place needs up dating, like the gift shop!
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