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Pyrenees National Park, Hautes-Pyrenees, France.

Where to see animals in the wild in France?

Posted on 25 February 2014 in France

Entrust your hamster to the next, and the delights of marmots, storks, whales and ibex in their natural areas! These tours will leave memories dazzled the young and old.

1. Storks Orangerie in Strasbourg (Bas-Rhin)

The stork is the Alsatian sky that the geranium is its balconies. Long decline, the stork is back in Alsace thanks to a reintroduction program effective and well thought out. In Strasbourg , the Orangerie Park , storks nest and breed in the best conditions. The few storks in captivity are so only temporarily, the time of an effective acclimatization. It’s a real pleasure to see these wonderful and symbolic birds resume their place in the Alsatian space, in total freedom.

At the end of winter, the storks are in courtship. It cackles all over and it’s funny to watch.

Stork d & # 039; Alsace

2. Dolphins and Whales off the coast (Var)

At the edge of the great ocean trenches, on the edge of the marine sanctuary Pelagos , which we can observe summer dolphins and whales . Attracted by the upwelling charged krill and plankton which are the basis of their diet, cetaceans are found here in the summer. One can come across as sperm whales and fin whales (the second largest mammal of the planet) and many dolphins  : striped dolphins, bottlenose dolphin, Risso’s dolphin or pilot whales.

From Sanary-sur-Mer, outings are held from June to October. Information www.decouverteduvivant.fr

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Dolphins, Var, France.

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3. The Horse of the Basque Country (Pyrénées-Atlantiques)

You may come across in the process of quietly grazing on pasture while hiking in the Basque Country . This little horse stocky with black or brown dress comes from a Mongolian species settled in the area since prehistoric times. Today the brink of extinction — there would still be more than 500 — the pottok raises a strong mobilization. Living in hordes of twenty mares accompanied by their beautiful stallion, the pottoks are high in semi or total freedom and left on the mountain pastures during the summer.


The Horse of the Basque Country, Pyrenees-Atlantiques, France.

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4. Central Zone of the Pyrenees National Park (Hautes-Pyrénées)

Window on Wildlife, the Pyrenees National Park covers 45,700 ha virtually uninhabited, where man is the host of discrete nature. The otter to the ibex , the marmots the griffon vulture , not to mention bears , mountain fauna evolves freely. But this paradise is also a permanent creation, a field of study open pit for backup and reintroduction of species. Y hike requires compliance with this environment: no bivouacs, noisy boots or dogs, even leashed.

To observe the animals better, please home park of the Val d’Azun in Arrens-Marsous, in central area, and sign up for thematic outings with instructors guide.

5. Birds Banc d’Arguin (Gironde)

Located at the entrance of the Arcachon basin , between the Dune du Pilat and the tip of Cap Ferret , the sandbar, the extent of which at low tide is about 4 km long and 2 km wide, is used of fall and spring stopover for many species of migratory birds . The nature reserve of Arguin is even a breeding site known for the sandwich tern and Kentish plover and a wintering site for dunlin, curlew, oystercatcher and barge redhead.

The SEPANSO Association ( www.sepanso.org ) regularly organizes naturalistic outputs on the Banc d’Arguin.

6. Birds of the seven islands (Côtes d’Armor)

7 km off the coast of Perros-Guirec , the bird sanctuary of Sept-Îles is the oldest in France. Created in 1912 by the League for the Protection of Birds (LPO), it is France’s only nesting place of majestic gannets , and is home to 26 other species of nesting birds . If the islands of Cerf Costans and more like rocky islands, Rouzic, Malban, Bono, Flat Island and Ile aux Moines are wholly islands. It is possible to stop on the island Moines, but it is by boat, during an excursion to encounter birds, the archipelago is best revealed.

The station LPO ( www.lpo.fr ), located on the island Grande, organizes some tours in the archipelago.

The Birds of the seven islands, Côtes-d & # 039; Armor, France.
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7. Ibex Col de la Vanoise (Savoie)

His head surmounted by two beautiful horns and agility made it an undisputed star of the Alps. Yet life was not always rosy for the wild mountain goat, which almost disappeared alpine massifs, following an intensive hunt toXIXth century. Today stabilized, the largest population of wild goats in France is housed in the Vanoise National Park, which is home to over 1500, particularly in wild landscapes surrounding the neck of the Vanoise (2517 m), between Tarentaise and Maurienne.

Night at the Vanoise pass the refuge is an additional chance to see ibex, especially at dusk.

The Ibex Col de la Vanoise, Savoie, France.

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8. Marmot Lake Lauvitel (Isère)

Located in the heart of the Ecrins National Park , the lake Lauvitel , turquoise waters contrasts with the dark and rocky slopes that surround it. Initially the hamlet of La Danchère, near Bourg-d’Oisans , you will need 1 hour 30 minutes easy walk to reach the lake, situated at 1530 m altitude. Protected integral reserve status, the site is a haven for animals , including marmots , which establish their burrows beneath the large blocks of granite shoreline, and benefit from the high summer use to pick up some picnic leftovers.

Warning: despite the temptation, do not feed the marmots, it disrupts their diet. Take care not to leave anything behind.

The Marmot Lake Lauvitel, Isère, France.

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9. Bird Park Marquenterre (Somme)

Do not forget your binoculars! The Marquenterre park , in the nature reserve of the Somme , is an ornithological territory of exception. From February to November, one can observe the thousands of birds migrating between Africa and Scandinavia. Between each observation post, guides the communicative passion enlighten you about the customs of the different species. Birds are not the only ones who appreciate the Somme to rest, since Colony seals also squatting beaches (including that of Hourdel).

To watch the seals, head Cayeux-sur-Mer (at low tide) from the tip of Hourdel until blockhouse.


Bird Park Marquenterre, Somme, France.

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10. The Bisons of Europe (Lozère)

Cousin of the famous American bison The European bison is unclear. Yet its enormous mass (up to a ton) and its large size (up to 2 m) are the heaviest and the largest mammal on the continent . Descendant of the prehistoric species that fascinated our ancestors, he had disappeared. Saved in a single reserve Poland , he was re-introduced in France in 1991. carriage, on sunny days, or sledding in the winter, walk into the forests where now live about thirty individuals. Brave face their looks and their middles fighters, we realize that it is we who are home — not the reverse .

Booking is recommended. Special mention to the park staff makes the visit particularly friendly! Information: www.bisoneurope.com


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