Thoiry Zoo reopening and novelties 2020

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Published by Julie M. · Photos by Julie M. · Published on 29 May 2020 at 11h03 · Updated on 29 May 2020 at 18h05
Thoiry Zoo reopens from June 3, 2020 and for this new season, a "Zoo Clean N' Safe" charter is implemented. And new this year is the Terres des Gorilles - Gorillas' Land.

From now on, the ZooSafari de Thoiry remains open for some dates, even in the winter, with Thoiry Lumières Sauvages, the light festival expected to be back for a third season in winter 2020/2021. Thoiry Zoo reopens partially in March and then from April 1 May 16 to November 30, 2020 for families' and nature and fauna lovers' greatest happiness. And this year, the zoological park has a few noveltie sin store to reconnect with mother nature.

Following Edouard Philippe's statements on May 28, 2020, the park is reopening from Wednesday June 3, 2020 and implements the "Zoo Clean N' Safe" charter.

The park reopens with some new and special layouts:

  • The store reopens on Saturday June 6 with a 20-people limit at the same time
  • Sole the take-away food offer will be provided
  • Extended picnic areas to enable social distancing
  • The bush truck will drive with maximum 20 people
Playground areas and Safari Air Park will be closed until further notice.

New in 2020 at Thoiry zoo:

  • Terre des Gorilles
    Starting this summer 2020, the Thoiry Zoo will welcome a new species, a pack of male gorillas jeopardized by deforestation, farming, exploting coltan mines as well as poaching and human viruses outbreak. To preserve gorillas and enable them to breed as well as possible, it's recommended to keep them in a harem (one male for several females). A gender inequality requiring some zoos like Thoiry to accept to house several males only, without having the possibility to have new births.
    To celebrate their arrival at the zoo, artists Yannick Noah and Barry Moore will perform a charity concert on June 13, 2020 at the zoo.

And adventurers can still discover:

  • Mini-Farm
    A true heaven for children, the mini farm is bigger and now welcomes a few new residents: Mangalicas, rabbits, highland cows,  dwarf donkeys.. New balls of fur are coming for families' greatest joy!

  • Wild Forest
    This new area focusing on temperate forest welcomes adventurers starting this year to discover new species. Arctic foxes, raccoons and in immersion, vultures, fallow deers and hinds. A great occasion to raise awareness about the biodiversity in close regions, a wonderful place will be given to hundred year old trees of this new area.

And keep on with:

  • ROAR WITH PLEASURE by flying over lions and a part of the safari
  • MONKEY AROUND by climbing in the Safari Air Park while enjoying a wonderful point of view on the animals from the African Savannah
  • PERK UP AGAIN by walking from island to island to get close to some species of lemurs
  • SMELL MUSKY by leaving for a unique safari in a bush truck

After the ziplining and the Safari Truck, the park always offers more thrills to its guests with the Safari Air Park and the Lemurtrek. The occasion to have a good fright while having fun.

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Safari Air Park:

The Safari Air Park is 1.500 sqm of bouncing nets stretched out across trees, 9 meters above the ground! Perfectly in respect with the estate centenary oaks, the nets have no constraints or strength on the trees, this new dispositive allows to highlight them! These trees can be admired all over again by thousands of visitors. Safed and harnessed brave children and adults will feel free. From up there, they can admire the African Savannah with an unobstructed view.

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Located a few feet from the mini farm and the playground area, the 3 islands that used to be a territory exclusively reserved for lemurs are now open to the general public. Visitors can go on these islands linked by footbridges and rope bridges. The tour offers you to observe lemurs up-close of course, as well as six other species of lemurs that live all together in freedom. Lemurs with white forehead and black lemurs have been joined by white and black ruffed lemurs, red ruffed lemurs and red-bellied lemurs as well as crowned lemurs.

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Trek des Andes [The Andes Trek]:

This new area with market stall and bright colors is devoted to three species typical from South America: the alpaca (a domestic cousin of the vicuña and the guanaco), the Patagonian Mara (a rodent somewhat rabbit-like) and the Guinea pig (a small rodent well known by kids and coming from the Andes)! Just next to them, tapirs, capybaras and giant anteater (a strange 2-m long mammal with a heavy fur and impressive claws) can be observed in a wide park where they rub shoulders like in the nature.

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Trek Australien [Australian Trek]:

A new immersive area opens its doors in 2018: a big 25-m long aviary houses Australian coconut lorikeets and other colorful species of parakeets of all sizes. Adventurers can feed birds with fruit nectar in this aviary featuring a lush vegetation. The latter leads visitors to a park devoted to wallabies, kangaroos, emus and southern cassowaries.

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Highlights of the year:

On April 12 and 13, 2020, families are invited for the Easter egg hunt.

On June 13, 2020, Yannick Noah and Barry Moore perform a charity concert to save gorillas.

On September 20, 2020, athletes can run the third edition of the Thoiry Wild Race.

And this winter, don't miss the second edition of Thoiry Lumières Sauvages to enjoy from October 27, 2019 to March 8, 2020 and then from October 2020 to March 2021.

In short, a wonderful program of novelties to discover this park always closer to nature and animals.


Practical information

Dates and Opening Time
From 30 May 2020 to 30 November 2020



    Rue du Pavillon de Montreuil
    78770 Thoiry

    adulte: 30 €
    Pass annuel Enfant: 38 €
    Pass annuel Adulte: 44 €
    Pass VIP Enfant: 53 €
    Pass VIP Adulte: 59 €

    Recommended age
    For all

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