Zoo La Garenne © Raoul Feignoux

Zoo de la Garenne

Popular with families, the Zoo de la Garenne is in the village of Le Vaud on the edge of the Vaudois Jura Regional Park, overlooking Lake Geneva. Open all year round, the zoo is easy to get to by car or bus on the Nyon – St-George route.

LThe Zoo de la Garenne in Le Vaud is all about European wildlife, looking after wild animals and breeding protected birds of prey. Opened in 1965 by the wildlife enthusiast, Erwin Maier, it also has an important educational vocation.

Contributing to the protection of birds of prey, the zoo breeds around twenty species of these birds including the bearded vulture, a big bone-eating vulture which disappeared from the Alps in the 19th century. Young vultures born at La Garenne have been released into the wild as part of the national reintroduction programme.

The zoo education centre offers a variety of themed visits on predators, the food chain, birds of prey, migrating birds, reptiles or bats, amongst other things.

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