They are now ready to welcome visitors… Néro the lion, Aramis the jaguar and almost 1000 new neighbours will be expecting Parisian visitors this Saturday. It took 6 years to renovate the zoological park of Paris. A brand new zoo organized around 5 bio-zones that recreated the Patagonian, Sudanese, European, Amazonian, and Madagascan environments. A 21st century park with animals’ well-being as major concern.
Before the re-opening, an acclimatization period was necessary.
Tropical birds are flying freely inside the huge glasshouse and the giraffes – the real Vincennes Zoo stars – made their own a playground space 3 times larger than before renovations. As if it was their first day in school, some of the animals just got in – they are a little shy. This acclimatization period is crucial for more than 50 seconds who are here to take care of the animals. “When arriving, animals are first apart in a special zone, where they have enough time to get to know the space, identify places where to eat, to sleep. Little by little there is an expansion of their territory with always the ability to step back if they feel the need to.” is explaining the veterinary Dr Alexi Lécu.
Though temperatures in Paris for the beginning of April have been pretty low, the baboons from Guinea acclimatization process was pretty short and they are already enjoying their new land underneath the huge rock – having so much fun already. Little turtles from Hermann also settled in very easily in their cozy and warm vivarium inside the rock.
In the following video in French, you will see the arrival of the animals at the zoo, followed by www.20minutes.fr
For further information, opening hours and entry rates, visit: http://www.parczoologiquedeparis.fr/
Audrey Chauvet – Original article published in the paper version of 20 Minutes on April 9th, 2014