The deer rut
An unforgettable experience in the marvellous setting of the Parc Animalier de Saint-Croix
Sainte-Croix is widely acknowledged as the place to be during deer mating season. We are ranked in the top ten venues for observing a rut by French magazine Le Chasseur Français.
Visit us between Saturday 22 September to Sunday 14 October 2018 for a thorough explanation of the annual ritual. Stages tend to be most virulent at dawn and dusk but at Sainte-Croix – where the animals are used to human presence – it is not unusual to hear belling and observe rutting during the day.
Nature lovers will delight in the morning and evening observation sessions. You can even stay overnight for a full-blown camping experience. We also organise special sessions for photographers.
Morning deer rut observation, from 06:00
Listen avidly as your guide explains one of the most spectacular rituals in the animal kingdom. Your dawn awakening is rewarded with a hearty breakfast.
Sundays from 22 September to 14 October 2018
National belling imitation championship
Sunday 9 September 2018
The Parc Animalier de Sainte-Croix hosts the national belling imitation (or bolving) competition for the sixth year running.