TO DO | KIDS
Every year in June, our kids are quite busy finishing the school year. Not only school is busy. As the kids attend music and dance classes during the year, this is also the time of all the end of year performances. That is why I wanted to surprise them with a visit to the zoo of Montpellier. It was a gorgeous sunny day, a perfect day to go to the wildlife park.
The good thing is that the zoo is admission free. Free! Of course, being a thrifty Dutchie, I think this is a big plus. However, I was not the only one, as there were many Frenchmen and –women leisurely walking around. There is a part of the zoo where you do have to pay an entrance fee: the Serre Amazonienne. It is worth it to go there if you want to see all kinds of animals from the tropical rain forests, such as crocodiles, colourful frogs, monkeys, birds and the lot.
Great picnic, cool playgrounds
The park itself is also very nice and especially big. You can easily spend a couple of hours here. Definitely if you are bringing a picnic. There are many great picnic spots, including some cool playgrounds according to our kids. You will also find some huge wooden statues of animals for the kids to climb on, to be found on the way between the bears and the lions.
Wide variety of animals
In 1910, Henri de Lunaret, owner of a large estate including almost 350 hectares, left his land to the city of Montpellier. In 1963, Mr Doumenge, an oceanographer and deputy mayor, started with the construction of the zoo, together with Mr Pelissier, the estate manager. The doors first opened in 1964, presenting the zebras as the first inhabitants. Soon to be followed by other animals. Nowadays you can admire, amongst others, lions, bears, elephants, cheetah’s, and many more. For the little ones, there is a children’s zoo. Good fun guaranteed!