Parc des Félins

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Parc des Félins
LogoParcDesFelins.gif
Park logo
Date opened October 14, 2006
Location Lumigny-Nesles-Ormeaux,
Seine-et-Marne, France
Coordinates 48°42′34″N 2°57′24″E / 48.709456°N 2.956738°E / 48.709456; 2.956738Coordinates: 48°42′34″N 2°57′24″E / 48.709456°N 2.956738°E / 48.709456; 2.956738
Land area 60 hectares (148 acres)
No. of animals 140[1]
No. of species 30[1]
Memberships EAZA[2]
Website www.parc-des-felins.com

Parc des Félins is a zoological park in France dedicated to the breeding and conservation of wild members of the cat family. It is located in the commune of Lumigny-Nesles-Ormeaux in Seine-et-Marne, about 53.6 km (33.3 mi) southeast of Paris.

The park covers an area of 60 hectares (150 acres). Of the 41 recognized species of felines in the world, the park has 30 different species and subspecies, with a total of 140 cats.

The park opened to the public on October 14, 2006. Originally, the majority of the animals came from the Parc d'Aulneau, which was deemed too small to house this many animals.

History[edit]

Visiting the park[edit]

A cheetah at the park

The park's philosophy is to provide for the well-being of the animals, and to provide an environment conducive to their reproduction. The enclosures were studied in depth to ensure the optimal environmental conditions of each animal.

The park is divided into four geographic areas. Each animal's area is accompanied by an illustrated board with the name and description of the animal, the specifics of the animal's enclosure, and the dangers to the animal in its natural environment.

European circuit[edit]

The European circuit begins at the enclosure of the cheetahs. There are only two enclosures in this circuit, located in the woods, and they are occupied by wildcats (Felis silvestris silvestris) and Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx lynx).

African circuit[edit]

Map of the park

At the start of the visit one begins with the South African cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus jubatus) which have an enclosure roomy enough for them to run. At the end of the cheetah enclosure, the European circuit begins to the left. By going straight on the African circuit and travel along the enclosure of the Katanga lions (Panthera leo bleyenberghi). At the end of the enclosure one can either turn and start the Asian circuit to the right or start the American circuit to the left.

The African circuit continues to the left and the first enclosure is occupied by servals (Leptailurus serval). On both sides of the way we first see the sand cats (Felis margarita), then the African wildcats (Felis silvestris gordoni) and the Persian leopards (Panthera pardus saxicolor), and finally the caracals (Caracal caracal).

The circuit concludes with the white lions (Panthera leo krugeri) - a rarity in zoos - from the Transvaal, followed by the black panthers (Panthera pardus) and finally the lion (Panthera leo).

Soon the park will have black-footed cats (Felis nigripes) - their enclosures are currently ready and are holding the fishing cats.

American circuit[edit]

One of three jaguarundi

The American circuit starts at the end of the Katanga lion enclosure. The first habitat of this circuit holds the ocelots (Leopardus pardalis), and next to it is the jaguar (Panthera onca) enclosure.

The path continues past the enclosures of the margays (Leopardus wiedi), Geoffroy's cats (Oncifelis geoffroyi), the oncillas (Leopardus tigrinus), and the pumas (Puma concolor). Finally one arrives at a dead end, to admire the jaguarundis (Herpailurus yaguarondi) which are very rare in European zoos.

The path ends with the enclosures of the bobcats (Lynx rufus) and the jaguars.

Asian circuit[edit]

A leopard cat (P. b. euptailurus) from eastern Siberia.

The Asian circuit starts at the other end of the Katanga lion enclosure. The first felines on this path are the Sumatran tigers (Panthera tigris sumatrae), followed by the enclosure of the rusty-spotted cats. Further on is the rare Sri Lanka leopard (Panthera pardus kotiya), the Asian golden cats (Catopuma temmincki), the Asian leopard cats (Prionailurus bengalensis bengalensis), the jungle cats (Felis chaus), and the fishing cats (Prionailurus viverrinus).

The path continues with large enclosures containing tigers (Panthera tigris), Siberian tigers, Amur leopards (Panthera pardus orientalis) and Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx wrangeli). The path ends with the eastern Siberian and Mongolian leopard cats (Prionailurus bengalensis euptilura), clouded leopards (Neofelis nebulosa), snow leopards (Uncia uncia) and Pallas's cats (Otocolobus manul).

Lemurs[edit]

Lemurs gathered in the park

In addition to the felids, there is a large lemur population in the park. Many lemur species are represented, including the ring-tailed lemur (Lemur catta), the red ruffed lemur (Varecia variegata rubra), the crowned lemur (Eulemur coronatus), and the red-bellied lemur (Eulemur rubriventer). Many of the lemurs roam freely about the park, and occasionally interact with visitors.

A sand cat at the park

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Our Cats". parc-des-felins.com. Parc des Félins. Retrieved 23 November 2011. 
  2. ^ "EAZA Member Zoos & Aquariums". eaza.net. EAZA. Retrieved 23 November 2011. 

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