What’s new for 2020?

40 years of defending biodiversity

Event: the park’s 40th anniversary

All year long

It’s the park’s 40th anniversary this year and we’ll be celebrating throughout the season with exhibitions and special events for all.

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A breeding centre for European pond turtles

coming this year

We have been home to red-eared slider turtles, very popular in the US, since 2005, to protect the European pond turtle, which is an endangered species in France. Boosting wild populations is essential to the protection of the species. As part of a network of zoos, associations and authorities, Sainte-Croix is opening a breeding centre for European pond turtles with a view to reintroducing them to the wild.

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A new pack of Canadian wolves

when the park reopens

A pack of seven Canadian wolves were transferred to Sainte-Croix from Givskud zoo in Denmark in November. The new additions strengthen our park’s position as Europe’s leading centre in terms of wolf protection and raising awareness about the legendary animals
Our older wolves – Gandalf, Altesse, Ébène and Morane – have been moved to a quiet corner of the park to enjoy their retirement. The Canadian recruits are currently enjoying their new environment while awaiting their visitors.

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Néo’s journey has new missions!

during spring

Néo has grown, but environmental issues still need addressing. Find out about the current state of affairs and become an ambassador for worldwide biodiversity. Go on an adventure with Néo and meet a hundred rare and and endangered species from around the world.

learn more about Néo’s journey (in french)

New nature lodge overlooking the Canadian black wolves

winter 2020-21
A new opportunity to stay in a lodge overlooking a pack of west Canadian wolves. A one-of-a-kind experience!
Details coming soon
Learn mora about our nature lodge

And there’s more!

The eatery “Le Bon Pain” has been extended, the P1 car park has been refurbished and we have added meeting rooms.

What’s going on this spring 30 March – 8 June

Easter weekend

30 March, 1 – 2 April 2018

Sainte-Croix launches the new season in style with a host of events for all the family: shows, bottle-feeding lambs, sheep sheering, decoration workshops, and the great Easter Egg hunt.

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Spring school holidays

21 April – 8 May 2018

Spring at Sainte-Croix is about feeding lambs, make-up sessions and fun for all. Our spring treasure hunt is a great way to visit the park and there’s a family season ticket up for grabs. 

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Over to the animals

19 – 21 May 2018

Come and uncover the secrets of animal communication. Take part in workshops and experiments to learn the languages used among wild and domestic species.

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What’s going on this summer 24 June – 2 September

The great conservation weekend

23 – 24 June 2018

The conservation weekend is an annual event at Sainte-Croix. For every admission over the weekend, the park donates €2 to the Sainte-Croix biodiversity fund for the protection of animals. A dozen associations and local, national and international partners present their projects that contribute to the cause.

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Summer holidays

Du 8 July – 2 September 2018

There’s always something going on at Sainte-Croix in summer. Plenty of animal-themed family fun with puppet shows, street theatre, spotlights on a species etc. Guides and entertainers do their best to spark interest and captivate the imagination with innovative presentations.

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What’s going on this summer 24 June-2 September

6th national belling imitation (bolving) competition

Sunday 9 September 2018

For the sixth time, Sainte-Croix has teamed up with the local association of hunters to organise the national deer belling imitation or bolving, competition. Don’t miss the noisy, eccentric event!

Discarded antlers will be on sale and proceeds donated to the Sainte-Croix fund for biodiversity.

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Sales of antlers

Sunday 16 September 2018

We collect discarded antlers of our stags after the annual rutting season and organise a sale in aid of biodiversity via our foundation.

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The deer rut

Saturday 22 September to Sunday 14 October 2018

An outstanding annual event in the wildlife calendar. Sainte-Croix is ranked among the top ten best places to observe a deer rut. Come and admire the mating ceremonial of our 60-strong herd in its superb environment. Join us for a morning or evening observation session, a photographer shoot or overnight camp.

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The wildest Halloween ever

Autumn half-term 21 October–4 November 2018

Come and visit the park during the school holidays and take part in the spine-tingling celebrations with our homegrown monsters. Don’t miss the ghoulish fun!

120 hectares of unspoilt countryside
1,500 animals roam almost free
130 species both wild and domestic
46 Nature Lodges located in the park