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Le Refuge de l'Arche

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13T Rue Felix Marchand | Saint-Fort, 53200 Chateau-Gontier, France
+33 2 43 07 24 38
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We just loved it. What a range of animals and it was just lovely walking around. We saw lots of... read more

Reviewed 26 October 2016
Bristol, UK
via mobile
A lovely small zoo

We have visited this many times, and always enjoy coming here. It is a small zoo with a fun play... read more

Reviewed 5 August 2015
United Kingdom
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unique place in Europe where all the animals have a history. Wounded, captured or abandoned animals in the Ark of Refuge had a life before being greeted: today more than 1 200, representing 150 species on 15 hectares. There's no training, no show. But felines, monkeys, reptiles, bears, birds ... that come to life. Quite simply. Created in 1976 by Christian Huchedé, the association Cepan, recognized public utility since 2014, works for three missions: animal protection, social inclusion, public awareness for animal rights. It manages two distinct activities, the Refuge de l'Arche (1 200 animals, 150 species) and the Wildlife and Environment Centre Local Wild "Valentine Perrin and Jacques" (360 animals supported in 2015).
  • Excellent55%
  • Very good36%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
26 Oct 2016
5 Aug 2015
“A lovely small zoo”
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
13T Rue Felix Marchand | Saint-Fort, 53200 Chateau-Gontier, France
+33 2 43 07 24 38

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Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

We just loved it. What a range of animals and it was just lovely walking around. We saw lots of interesting goings-on with the monkeys and even helped rescue a baby wallaby that had escaped! It was a fantastic day out and we hope to...More

Thank HotelLover2009
Reviewed 5 August 2015

We have visited this many times, and always enjoy coming here. It is a small zoo with a fun play area, nice cafe and small shop to visit at the end. All purchases support the zoo. What we like about it is the fact that...More

2  Thank Emcel
Reviewed 16 June 2015

This is a magical place which makes you smile throughout your visit. All animals are rescued from the plain and domestic to the exotic. Can't wait to go back.

Thank mftwatford
Reviewed 24 May 2015

Although a little tired, this is well worth a visit, All the animals looked well and I am surprised the range of animals that have been rescued. Unless you go at the height of summer take a jacket with you as it was a little...More

1  Thank Penny P
Reviewed 17 September 2014

refuge is a sanctuaries for any animal that has been abandoned. They take care of the animals and recreate a safe environment for them. It s a nice place to bring your kids

Thank ceybel t
Reviewed 10 July 2014 via mobile

This place is not a usual zoo. It is rather a sanctuary that takes care of animals abandoned,withdrawn from their owners or being treated. You can see monkeys, snakes, tigers, etc... Just like in a real zoo in the beautiful French countryside. It is very...More

1  Thank Agneskl
Reviewed 3 December 2013

It is tired looking and some of the animals were not in the best condition which was sad to see. However the organisation claims that it is serving a good cause, so in that respect we wanted to support it. If going with young kids,...More

1  Thank Bernard K
Reviewed 17 August 2013 via mobile

Great place which can restore your Faith in humanity. The children loved giving the animals popcorn. The toilets and picnic benches were clean and well maintained.

1  Thank nutbrown5
Reviewed 8 April 2013

We opted to visit the Refuge de L'Arche as the other zoo's were a bit too far. We were told that it was a bit of a farm with a few animals where you could purchase pop corn to feed the tennants. It turned out...More

4  Thank chefpet17
Reviewed 11 December 2012

This isn't a zoo, so don't expect fancy animal enclosures etc. It is an animal rescue centre and offers a safe home for many animals and birds rescued from all over Europe. The stories of the animals' lives before they came here can be very...More

Thank judithchrisal
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22 August 2017|
Response from Refuge-Arche | Property representative |
Hello, the entrance fees are 11 € for adults and children from 12 years old and 7,50 € for children between 4 and 11 years old. Admission is free for children under 4 years of age. Yours. Best regard.
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