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What to expect

In the heart of Loire-et-Cher department and in close proximity to some of the most famous French castles, Beauval Zoo offers visitors the chance to view some 600 species of animal, including some rarely seen in Europe. The number one zoo in France offering such diversity, this French zoo is in particular unique for its giant pandas. With 30,000 hectares of countryside available solely for the purpose of preserving the natural habitat of animals, Beauval Zoo promises an unforgettable day out for all.
Skip-the-queue tickets give access to the different areas of the park before the crowds arrive, thus allowing time to enjoy watching the experienced zookeepers at work, in peace.

Zoo de Beauval Opening Hours

January: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
February: 9:00 am - 6:30 pm
March and October: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
April, May, June, and September: 9:00 am - 7:30 pm
July and August: 9:00 am - 8:30 pm

These hours are subject to change depending on visitor attendance and weather conditions.

Free parking available.

Shows and Entertainment

The bird shows "Masters of the Air" and the sea lion show "Odyssey of the Sea Lions":
A splendid aerial ballet of birds reveals surprising species, a sea lion show echoes in the aquatic amphitheater, and multiple entertainment activities await you throughout the day during animal feeding sessions.

New Attraction

"The Beauval Cloud"

Have you always dreamed of flying over animals and being able to contemplate them from above? The Beauval Zoo is proud to present its "Cloud," a cable car located more than 35 meters above the ground, connecting two strategic points (the elephant area with the lion area, which are diametrically opposed). This Cloud transports you from Africa to Asia in silence, as it is 100% electric, respecting nature and the animals. For the curious ones, cabins with glass floors are also available so you don't miss any part of the spectacle.

Don't miss:

  • Land of the Lions, a 5,300 m² space dedicated to African lions.
  • Junior Keepers, a new activity for children aged 6-10 that allows them to participate in preparing snacks for the park's smaller monkeys, the tamarins.
  • Beauval Behind the Scenes, a guided tour of the park that allows you to discover the backstage: an immersion in the places, history, and anecdotes of the zoo regarding the missions of a modern zoological park and the profession of animal caretaker.

In 2018, cheetahs and Arctic wolves made their appearance at the Beauval Zoo.

Beauval, as few people can see it: an opportunity not to be missed!

Origins of Beauval Zoo

Thanks to the passion of a woman who decided to dedicate her life to animals and their conservation, the ornithological park created in 1980 in Beauval has become over the years one of the 10 most beautiful zoological parks in the world, where over 10,000 animals evolve in green plains, tropical greenhouses, panoramic pools, and islands designed to make them feel at home. Among the predators, primates, herbivores, birds, reptiles, fish, and aquatic mammals that unveil their singular and powerful beauty here, some species rarely seen in Europe are the stars of the park: white tigers, koalas, okapis, giant pandas, tree kangaroos, manatees, and even hippos, living in a unique underwater vision installation since 2016.

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Common questions

Ticket Prices at Zooparc de Beauval for 2024

The Beauval Zoo offers a 1-DAY ticket priced at €40 for adults (from 11 years old) and €33 for children (from 3 to 10 years old). Admission to the Beauval Zoo is free for children and babies under 3 years old. Discounts are available for early online bookings. An annual Zoopass is offered at €68 for adults and €54 for children.

Zoo de Beauval Opening Hours

Beauval Zoo is open 365 days a year, 7 days a week, starting from 9:00 am. The closing time varies depending on the season. During the high season (particularly July and August), Beauval Zoo closes around 8:30 pm. During the very low season (especially December), Beauval Zoo closes its doors at 5:30 pm.

Does Zoo de Beauval offer activities for children?

Educational activities are planned throughout the animal park visit. They are easily identifiable on the visitor's map and through strategically placed signage. Two unmissable shows are offered during the high season that will delight both young and old: "Masters of the Air," a magnificent bird show, and "Odyssey of the Sea Lions," an aquatic spectacle where the agility of the sea lions will leave you amazed.

Is parking free?

The beautiful Zoo of the Loire Valley offers no less than 8 completely free parking lots with a capacity of 4,000 cars, including one reserved for campervans where overnight stays are possible (without services). Dedicated parking spaces are also available for cyclists, motorcyclists, and people with reduced mobility (PRM) at the entrance of the main parking area.

Where is Zoo de Beauval located?

Beauval is a hamlet in the town of Saint-Aignan-sur-Cher, a small municipality in the Loir-et-Cher department in the magnificent Centre-Val de Loire region. The exact address of Zooparc de Beauval is Avenue du Blanc, 41110 St Aignan, France, just 50 minutes from the Château Royal de Blois, less than an hour from Tours and Vierzon, and less than two and a half hours from Paris, making it an ideal family getaway for a weekend.

How to get to Zoo de Beauval?

It is no secret that the best way to get to Beauval is by car from Paris via the A10, A71, and A85 motorways, from Tours and Vierzon via the A85, and from Blois via the D675. By train, from Paris Gare d'Austerlitz, take a high-speed train (TGV) to Blois and then the shuttle bus, which takes into account the arrival times of the Paris-Blois SNCF line. However, please note that the bus operates only during the high season.

Which is the best season to visit Beauval?

While the animal park is open year-round, keep in mind that you will have a better chance of experiencing all the zoo's attractions during the high season, from mid-April to September. However, be aware that the summer holidays and weekends in spring and summer are peak times with high attendance. The park, however, is vast and can accommodate everyone comfortably.

Is Beauval animal park accessible for people with reduced mobility?

Beauval offers
specially marked routes for wheelchair users. The famous panoramic cable car, the Nuage de Beauval, is also available to people with disabilities, significantly reducing travel times between different attractions in the park. Additionally, exclusive parking spaces for people with reduced mobility (PRM) are available in the main parking area.

Has Zoo de Beauval implemented measures against COVID-19?

Beauval reopened its doors on June 12, 2020, after the COVID-19 lockdown, with strict hygiene measures in place to ensure the safety and serenity of all visitors. The park limits entries to 50% of its maximum capacity and has implemented informative floor markings to ensure social distancing, starting from the park entrance and extending to the dining areas, shops, and restrooms. Wearing a mask is mandatory for individuals aged 11 and above in enclosed spaces or areas with high attendance, such as the equatorial dome, tropical greenhouses, or shows. Hand sanitizing gel dispensers are freely available to Beauval visitors. Play areas and educational activities are temporarily closed.

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