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 21 September to Sunday 13 October 2019 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 21 September to 13 October 2019
|Deer observation camp 2020||aged 3–11*||12 and over|
|Deer rut mornings (also for photographers)||€27,00||€38,00|
|*not recommended for under 6s |