Your day at Thoiry

Your day at Thoiry
A day of discovery
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THOIRY is open every day of the week, including public holidays. See our opening times.

We suggest you allow a full day to visit the park.

Your entry ticket includes all the keeper animations, the drive-through safari, the zoological gardens, the maze, the children’s playground, the ‘world farm’, the chateau and the historic gardens.

Our CD audio-guide to the safari (in French only) allows you to view the animals with a guided commentary from our zookeepers. The CD plays on your car stereo. Ask at the ticket desk when you arrive.

Thoiry’s team wish you a wonderful day out in our park.

Réserve Africaine

A safari tour in your own vehicle surrounded by wild animals!

From your car you’ll see many different herds roaming freely over the wide open spaces in our 60 hectare reserve. Take your time to discover these magnificent animals.

ZOOLOGICAL & HISTORIC GARDENS

Face to face with amazing wildlife!

Walk high above the cheetahs, snow leopards and lynxes. Pass through glass tunnels face to face with lions and tigers. Discover the primate islands, rare Komodo dragons, bongos and many other species.

The Zoological Gardens provide a real discovery of wildlife. Education signs and games teach adults and children alike about animals and the conservation of endangered species.

There are also the historic gardens of the chateau: the French garden, the Autumn Garden, the Rose Garden and the English Garden, with thousands of trees and flowering shrubs to discover.

THE ARK FOR SMALL CREATURES

The smallest animals uncovered!

A unique attraction in France: come and meet amphibians and invertebrates housed in our very own Noah’s Ark, and discover their beauty, amazing diversity and ecological importance.

With a fun and innovative approach to education, our 21st century Noah - a young scientist and explorer - will take you on a journey through different geographical zones to meet and learn about these fascinating creatures. You can also look through windows into our breeding laboratories.

THE CHATEAU

The Count de La Panouse’s family have lived in the chateau for thirteen generations.

Built during the renaissance (1559-1564), the chateau was built to be the centre piece of a giant solar calendar. At the summer and winter solstices the sun rises and sets exactly in the axis of the central hallway. Richly decorated with antique furniture, paintings and tapestries, this beautiful monument is still very much a family home. Paul, Count de La Panouse, the current owner, created the Thoiry Zoological Park in the 1960s.

To entertain children, Tulu the monkey has escaped from an 18th century painting to guide them through the chateau, asking questions in each room. There are prizes to be won if they can answer them all!

THE MAZE

Enter Thoiry’s giant maze if you dare!

A game will test your skill in our symbolic animal maze. There are 2,300 meters of yew hedge walkways and nine bridges.

RESTAURANT

The self-service restaurant in the old stables of the chateau is open from early February to mid-November at the entrance to the zoological gardens.