Zoo de la La Flèche is located in La Flèche in the Pays de la Loire, France. Founded by the naturalist Jacques Bouillault in 1946, the park is one of the top 5 French zoos, with more than 1,500 animals from 120 different species. The park was the second most visited in 2013 in the Loire, France region with 249 472 visitors just after Puy du Fou.
The park offers a great variety of animals in natural-like habitats, including white tigers, lions, and wolves. This zoo is large and clean with lots of eating venues and bathrooms facilities and the visitor walking areas even felt like you were in the jungle. Loire is beautiful region is i was able to get up-close photos and videos of many animals free rooming animals (as you can see in the video two lemurs tried to steal my purse just like in the Madagascar movies). And the best news is that Zoo de La Flèche is open every day of the year except December 25 and January 1. Zoo de la Flèche is also engaged in several conservation programs for endangered species. During our visit on a August 2014 afternoon France 4 tv channel was filming a documentary on the subject.
Ticket price was reasonable for the quality of this zoo (19,50€). unfortunately the tickets doesn’t include a good map. When you get there buy the park’s brochure as the internal directions are quite confusing. The cafe and restaurants (some self service) don’t open till 12.00 and they are often crowded so plan to be there early… and look at the menus to ensure that you know what you want and can order quickly as there is always a queue pressing behind you. Also 3€ for a coke is really too much. But you can bring supplies and the parking is free. There are also a private lodge where you sleep inside the Zoo.
Finally a word about animal “shows”. We saw two: a bird of prey nice show but with much less species than the one at Puy du Fou and a very decent but small marine life show when compared in Europe for instance with Zoo Marine Algarve.
All in all the park certainly deserves a visit. If you have the time to choose only one wild life park in France i advise the nearby Biopark in Duoe La Fontaine. But Zoo de la Flèche have more diversity of animals making your visit a full-day job.
By Ana Alegria and Carlos Canaes. Updated 31/01/2019
Location: Le Tertre Rouge, 72200 La Flèche, France
Tickets: Adults 21€, Children 17€
Opens all yearTop Rides
Bird of prey show