Planete Sauvage (safari park)
Zebras at Planète Sauvage
|Land area||130 ha (320 acres)|
|Number of animals||~1,000|
|Number of species||~150|
- 1992 : Opening of "Safari Africain". There were 500 animals.
- 1994 : Opening of an Ivory Coast village.
- 1998 : The "Safari Africain" is renamed Planète Sauvage with a new sea lions show.
- 2003 : Construction of a 250-metre (820 ft) suspension bridge, 5 metres (16 ft) above the ground, to observe a tribe of 70 macaques: The jungle trail.
- 2005 : Planète Sauvage joins the group Compagnie des Alpes, European leader of the family entertainment.
- 2006 : Creation of the « bivouac au safari ».
- 2008 : Exhibition "Planète Fragile : Fragile beauty from earth"
- 2009 : Opening of "Cité marine" a dolphinarium where five dolphins live.
The Safari Track
With their own car, visitors follow the track near animals for 10 kilometres (6.2 mi). The safari trail is divided into 15 parts where giraffes, lions, wolves, bears, elephants and much more can be seen. The zoo is currently home to four elephants.
Visitors can also take the "4x4 Off Road Adventure" led by a guide that will get them even closer to the animals.
The pedestrian part
There are different parts:
- The bush village and the ark of reptiles: The adventure continues on foot through the bush village, an authentic reconstruction of a village in Senufo country in Ivory Coast. At the bend of the straw huts there are unusual encounters with small animals such as meerkats, otters and raccoons. The ark that houses reptiles, crocodiles and other "curiosities" lies at the heart of the village.
- The island of flamingos and jungle route: It is in a landscaped area that was a colony of flamingos. Alleys shaded jungle trail leading to the territory of a tribe of monkeys.
- The Marine City: Since November 2008, five dolphins swim at the heart of the four new pools of Marine City. After the welfare of animals, the team has three objectives: to educate, study and protect.
The adventure can continue at the bivouac. This service includes a 4x4 off road trip to attend the return of the animals, dinner at the campfire, a night spent near the animals, and a breakfast.
Research and conservation
Planète Sauvage is a park that is involved in different research programs. In partnership with recognized scientists organisations (the CNRS, the University of Rennes ethology, the Veterinary School of Nantes), the park is studying communication whistled in the dolphin and the social factors that influence it.
"Human zoo" scandal
In 1994, Planète Sauvage tried to open an "African village" attraction with men and women who, by contract, were to be topless when the weather permitted. Sponsored by Biscuiterie Saint-Michel as part of the promotion for their "Bamboula" cookies, the Cote d'Ivoirian village, rebuilt at Port-Saint-Père, was labeled "Bamboula Village" after the eponymous children's character. Public outcry led to cancellation of the project, as it was judged to come too close to being a "human zoo".
- "Your Visit". planetesauvage.com. Planet Sauvage. Retrieved September 1, 2012.
- "Port Saint-Pere Zoo (Planete sauvage) in France". elephant.se. Elephant Encyclopedia. Retrieved September 1, 2012.
- "4x4 Off Road Adventure". planetesauvage.com. Planet Sauvage. Retrieved September 1, 2012.
- Françoise Lancelot, Un safari parc transformé en exposition coloniale, L'Humanité, 13 Avril 1994.
- Pascal Blanchard, Gilles Boëtsch et Nanette Jacomijn Snoep (dir.), Exhibitions : L'invention du sauvage, Actes Sud / Musée du quai Branly, Paris, 2011, p.348. ISBN 978-2-330-00260-2