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“Interesting take on a zoo”

Parc Zoologique Henri de Lunaret
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Ranked #12 of 143 things to do in Montpellier
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Reviewed 16 August 2014

The zoo is a bit out of the way to get to (about 30 min from Comèdie if you don't have to wait for a bus at the transfer in St. Éloi), and we chose only to see the free section, but we loved the natural stroll though the pine-tree dotted hills... And of course seeing the animals. It was pretty hot the day we visited, and there was a large section closed due to renovation work, but it's a great afternoon for those needing an escape from the city.

Thank Eric S
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Reviewed 10 August 2014

So, we went to the zoo with high hopes - having looked online and seen fantastic photos - some as recent as June 2014, there were cheetahs, bears, lions and wolves - 2 of which aren't available at our local zoo. After aimlessly driving round in the busy car parks - yes plural we found a space in a rather empty car park - feeling we'd triumphed the idiots who hadn't noticed it!
We arrived at the entrance, preparing to pay, only to be told it was free (there was a sign with the same statement). This struck as odd, and we debated why it may be: New zoo? Abandoned? Free on Sundays? Free one day a month? It was terrible? Or simply as an act of good will to tourists?
We eagerly headed for the lions passing parrots and some camely things... A little trek later we found wooden lion sculptures, and at the end of the path exhibits, it looked empty from here but there was a marvellous picture of lions nearby, so we turned the next corner... Nothing! 2 empty exhibits, not a lion or monkey in sight (claims were wrong). By the time we reached the next sculptures we started to think that it was some sculpture park in the woods, and then we saw bears, both looked old and a little unloved - and no sign of staff to care for them..? Toilets didn't have locks, paper and could see in. There were no other facilities. After seeing many empty exhibits we thought the best thing to do was have lunch (picnic). The play area (due to open June 2014) was still blocked off, so really nothing going on there. My advise is that you pay to go around the Amazon attraction at the beginning and leave the rest, luckily it was free though.

Thank Vicki M
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Reviewed 10 August 2014

When on holiday in the Languedoc region, en route to Montpellier, my parents told my sister and I they had a surprise for us. We had no idea just how bad it would be. As we neared our destination, we saw signs for a "zoo". As expected we were excited. It was free, what could be better? For a start, a zoo that actually had animals. For ages, we saw nothing but wooden animal sculptures and endless empty exhibits. What a joke of a zoo! It got marginally better upon seeing bears and wolves which we don't see at our local zoo, but even then the few animals we saw looked unhappy. Altogether a speedy visit to a woodland area with a few animals, no evidence of zookeepers/zoo personnel (bar the ticket sellers) and a half finished playground which would've been the zoo's best asset had it been complete. The best bit of the zoo? The blackberries in the car park. Don't waste time seeing this zoo, go to others that are worth the time.

1  Thank rosiemaher94
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Reviewed 31 July 2014

We went today on a blisteringly hot day, so only walked to the lion & monkey enclosures after doing the Amazonian Greenhouse which has some amazing creatures inside - even one that this zoo addict had never seen before (a Coendou).

The enclosures are huge, which is probably why you can't see the animals as they hang out at the far side (and wouldn't you if a load of strange creatures came to stare at you?). I think that makes it a great zoo for the animals, but recognise that it makes a slightly less exciting experience for humans visiting.

I would definitely come back for a wander, and second all the other points about bringing a buggy if you have kids under 6 - it's going to be a long wander.

But the Amazonian Greenhouse (Sa Serre Amazonia) is 30-45 mins of entertainment, so if you're in the neighbourhood - the 6.50 euro fee for adults, and with kids under 6 going free makes it definitely worth stopping by

We didn't try the restaurant, although it seemed busy when we left - but if you have a car, it might be worth stopping at the large supermarket (Carrefour, Market) which is on the way there. More choice than the ham sandwiches available in the zoo shop (as an alternative to the restaurant), which were totally fine with my 5 & 2 year old boys.

Thank cb_n4
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Reviewed 8 July 2014 via mobile

This is one of the best Zoos I have ever been to. It is very large and can easily swallow an entire afternoon so it's definitely worth bringing a picnic. There are loads of benches to stop at. There is a wealth of amazing wildlife on show here. There are very large enclosures for most of the animals, including leopards, lions, bears, giraffe, white Rhino, ostrich, zebra, monkeys, deer, goats, antelope and many more. Best of all it is completely free! You can park for free, or get there by bus. It is possible to walk but only if you are very keen. For a zoo of this size and scope to be free is a massive plus. Absolutely brilliant!

2  Thank Dave A
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