Spread over 45 hectares of land, ZooParc de Beauval (commonly called Beauval Zoo) is home to 35,000 animals of 800 different species and is one of the most popular zoos in France.
From hippopotamus, giant pandas, elephants, lions, sea lions, and gorillas, there is a whole range of animals and birds at the zoo.
Since its inception in 1980, the zoo has been a favorite of tourists all over, offering interactive areas where everyone can enjoy the wildlife.
You can get an up-close view of the animals in their exhibits and watch live shows where sea lions and birds enthrall you with extraordinary tricks!
What to expect at Beauval Zoo
The Beauval Zoo Park is divided into 22 territories.
The Equatorial Dome, Land of the Lions, The Historic Alley, The North American Territory, The Gorilla Greenhouse, and The Rotunda of Parrots are a few such animal zones, with The Great American South Aviary being the latest addition.
Hold your breath during the bird show, Les Maîtres des Airs (The Air Masters), as owls, cranes, pelicans, and storks mesmerize you with their killer moves.
Another show, L’Odyssée des Lions de Mer (The Odyssey of the Sea Lions), held in a large aquatic amphitheater, is heart-winning as beautiful sea lions flaunt their acrobatic skills.
The Le Nuage de Beauval (The Cloud of Beauval), offering cable rides, has nearly 24 gondolas connecting territories of elephants and pandas.
As you fly high in the sky (up to 40 meters or 131 feet), sitting in glass gondolas, keep your eyes out on various animals rolling over the land on this short 800 meters (0.5 miles) journey.
The Equatorial Dome is the zoo’s highlight that preserves tropical wildlife in a truly natural way.
You can spot hippos, anacondas, squirrel monkeys, komodo dragons, giant otters, etc.
There are 19 pools and aquariums to get closer to the equatorial aquatic species, including pygmy hippos, piranhas, alligators, and countless fishes.
Where to buy ZooParc de Beauval tickets
You can buy Beauval Zoo tickets online and at the ticket booth at the main gate.
We strongly suggest you purchase online tickets to save money and time.
Online ticket prices tend to be cheaper than tickets at the venue.
When you buy online, you can avoid the long queues at the ticket counters.
Because some zoos sell a limited number of tickets, booking early helps avoid last-minute disappointment.
How online ticket works
Go to the ZooParc de Beauval ticket booking page, select the number of tickets and date you wish to visit and book your tickets right away!
Upon completing the payment, you will receive a confirmation email.
On the day of your visit, scan your ticket at the zoo entrance gate, and walk in!
Remember to bring your official IDs.
Cost of tickets
Tickets for Beauval Zoo are priced at €39 for all guests aged 11 years and older.
Children between three to 10 years pay €32 for entry.
Infants up to two years of age get free admission to the zoo.
ZooParc de Beauval tickets
With this ticket, you get access to all the territories or exhibits, including “Les Maîtres des Airs” (Bird Show) and “L’Odyssée des lions de mer” (Sea Lion Show).
Also, visitors can take in the scenic 360-degree view of the zoo via “Nuage de Beauval” cable cars (outside closing times) that connect the Elephant Territory with the Land of the Pandas.
Enter the magnificent Equatorial Dome, a one-hectare glass dome housing 200 animal species offering a highly interactive and immersive tour.
You can also upgrade from 1-day to a 2-day ticket.
Adult Ticket (11+ years): €39
Child Ticket (3 to 10 years): €32
Infant Ticket (up to 2 years): Free
Château de Chambord + ZooParc de Beauval
Château de Chambord is nearly 50 km (30 miles) from the Beauval Zoo, and you can hop from one attraction to another in just an hour’s drive.
So you should definitely consider visiting this city’s jewels with a combo ticket.
While at the zoo, you take a walk through the various animal territories, at Château de Chambord, you can rediscover the French past.
So get your hands on the Château de Chambord + ZooParc de Beauval combo ticket that offers you a discount of up to 5%.
Ticket Cost: €52
How to reach
Beauval Zoo is located in the town of Saint-Aignan-sur-Cher, Centre-Val de Loire.
Address: Av. du Blanc, 41110 Saint-Aignan, France. Get Directions.
It is very hard to reach Beauval Zoo by public transport as there is no direct connectivity by bus or subway line.
But we have a few good suggestions to make your travel easy.
By Coach Shuttle
The coach shuttle connecting Blois SNCF station and Beauval ZooParc covers Contres, Noyers sur Cher, and Saint Aignan towns.
On the other hand, St Aignan – Noyers sur Cher TER station can be reached within 10 minutes via car.
The most appropriate way to reach the zoo is by car, so turn on Google Maps and get started!
The zoo offers free car parking facilities in which 4000 vehicles can be accommodated.
The zoo welcomes guests all days of the week around the year, including public holidays.
The zoo opens at 9 am, but its closing hours may vary seasonally.
Also, the timings of the exhibits, shows, and shops are subject to change.
The birds and sea lions show takes place from the end of March to mid-November only.
Before you plan a visit, check the official website to confirm the opening hours and closing hours of the Zoo Beauval.
How long does the zoo take
It may take one complete day to explore the Beauval Zoo owing to its numerous animal territories, shows, and activities.
Some people take a quick stroll through the exhibits and leave within 4 to 5 hours, while families with kids stay until the park closes.
If you wish to spend more time discovering the animal world, consider purchasing a 2-day ticket which also makes your zoo tour less exhausting.
Best time to visit
The best time to visit Beauval Zoo is as soon as they open at 9 am.
There are four benefits of starting early – the animals are most active early in the morning, the temperatures are still moderate, the crowd is yet to get in, and you have the whole day to spend at the attraction.
As the day gets hotter, animals prefer staying inside their shelters. As a result, you may get disappointed when you don’t see them in the exhibit.
Weekdays are better for a peaceful visit because the zoo gets crowded on weekends and school holidays.
The zoo is most crowded on weekends between 10 am and 2 pm.
If you are on a short holiday in Saint-Aignan, starting early also allows you to add another attraction to the day’s itinerary.
Map of Beauval Zoo Park
A map is a must when visiting an attraction like Beauval Zoo, which is spread on a large land with so many exhibits and activities.
The zoo authorities have crafted an interactive map that allows you to easily navigate to spot exhibits, drinking facilities, restaurants, washrooms, ATMs, gift shops, etc.
Maps are also displayed on large boards around the zoo.
You can also download a mobile app that leads you to the destination in an easy manner, and the AI chatbot answers all your questions.
There are nearly 16 restaurants at Beauval Zoo Park to eat and drink.
This includes Kilimanjaro, The Rose Garden, The Yasuni, The Etosha, Eucalyptus, The Serengeti, Fishing Cats, Orangutans, and many more!
The restaurants serve a wide variety of food like sandwiches, pasta, salads, waffles, hot dogs, burgers, pancakes, pitas, etc.
A range of drinking options are available, including fresh fruit juice, coffee, and so on!
You can buy ZooParc de Beauval tickets online by clicking here.
Yes! You’re welcome to bring home-cooked food. There are nearly 300 sheltered places available near the entrance, near the main car park where you can picnic.
A picnic area is also available at the northern entrance to the zoo, near the dome.
The zoo is accessible to people with reduced disabilities and has a wheelchair rental facility for the tour.
On the mobile maps and boards, accessible and non-accessible routes for guests are demarcated.
Yes! The zoo offers discounts to children, guests with reduced mobility, and zoo members.
Yes, the zoo is open even when it rains, and there are enough shelters at the zoo for guests’ protection.
Yes! The zoo provides strollers for hire but at an additional cost. You can request strollers at the entrance to the park.
There are various baby care facilities available at the zoo like sanitary napkin changing stations, microwave facilities for heating food, strollers, and so on.
There are three gift shops to purchase souvenirs–Uluwatu, Around the World, and The Kingdom of Pandas.
No! Feeding animals and birds is strictly prohibited in the zoo.
A maximum of eight guests can be accommodated in one cable car.