Boissière du Doré Zoo (Zoo de la Boissière du Doré)
Founded in 1984 and located 45 minutes from Nantes, the Zoo de la Boissière du Doré is home to over 800 animals and 70 different species, from giraffes to panthers to blue poison dart frogs. A popular destination for families, this conservation center and zoo gives visitors the chance to learn about wildlife from around the world.
One of northwestern France’s most important zoos, the Zoo de la Boissière du Doré is home to hundreds of rare wild animals, including lemurs, anacondas, parrots, and snow leopards. See the animals in their habitats, and watch the staff feed a variety of animals, from gorillas to rhinoceros. The zoo also holds bird shows with over 200 birds in the spring and summer, weather permitting.
Things to Know Before You Go
Book tickets to the Zoo de la Boissière du Doré in advance to save time with skip-the-line entry.
The zoo offers a restaurant, but it is only open in spring and summer; there are also picnic locations on site.
Most of the zoo is wheelchair-accessible, with the exception of the South American aviary and the squirrel monkey enclosure.
The zoo offers family-friendly facilities, including a children’s play area, a petting zoo, changing stations, highchairs, and more.
How to Get There
The Zoo de la Boissière du Doré is located in the town of La Boissière-du-Doré, in France’s Loire-Atlantique area. To drive to the zoo from Nantes (which takes about 45 minutes), take the D115 or the N249. On-site parking is available.
When to Get There
The zoo is open from early February through early November, and opening days and hours vary throughout the season.
Special Events at the Zoo
The Zoo de la Boissière du Doré hosts several special events throughout the year, including themed conservation days that support endangered species like tigers and orangutans. Check the zoo’s calendar for other celebrations, including Halloween events and an evening known as Dreamnight, which offers tours and surprises for children with disabilities and their families.
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