On the Wild Side Parc des félins et Terre de singes
Two parks in the Seine and Marne offer a glimpse, respectively, into the wonderful world of felines and monkeys. Just one hour from the French capital a park devoted to the felines of the planet is waiting to be discovered. The park is unique through the vast variety of species that it welcomes into spacious natural enclosures. There are some 170 felines representing 26 species, threatened or endangered with extinction, at Le Parc des Félins, among them, the Siberian tiger, the lion of Angola, the rusty-spotted cat, one of the smallest wild cats in the world, and the little margay cat that is a great tree climber. Nineteen of the species are involved in captive breeding programmes. There are well-informed guides throughout the park and there is a tour with commentary available on board a train, the Trans'félins. Also just one hour from Paris in the heart of Brie country is Terre de Singes (Monkey Land), a fun and educational wildlife park dedicated to protecting several species of primates including the geladas and the Barbary macaques in a partially wooded park of 20 hectares. All of the species of monkey in the park are the object of captive breeding programmes. Visitors observe in total immersion a group of macaques and can enjoy lunch with a panoramic view onto the gelada enclosure. A colourful parrot safari inside a vast aviary is also on the agenda where 150 colourful and talkative birds can be discovered.