The Zoological Park of the Château de Branféré

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A place of discovery of the animal world

Branféré animal park is a place of discovery of the animal and vegetable world. On 40 acres of botanical parkland trees several times, was discovered animal species from around the world in conditions close to the natural environment. Unlike a traditional zoo, animals evolve in semi-liberty in large spaces.

Brief summary of history

Branféré Castle was built in 1848. Paul Jourde inherits from the area of 40 hectares in 1932. He shares his passion for wildlife and flora with Elena Castori, an Italian Aristocrat.

Following a trip to India, they meet the Maharajah of Kutch and discover the innovative concept for the time of a game reserve where animals roam free. They decide to make Branféré Park, the 'paradise of animals '. They traverse five continents and bring exotic animal species and plant species. They are revolutionizing Zoological practices of the time by recreating a biotope preserved for the different species present on the site. In order to ensure the sustainability of their approach, the spouses Jourde bequeath Park to the Fondation de France in 1988.

Animal and plant species

The Zoo houses more than 1,000 animals of 120 different species: lemurs, giraffes, tapirs, antelopes, wolves to mane, gibbons, Prairie dog, wallabies and red pandas. As well as many species of birds.

Branféré African plain is the largest in Europe. On 5 acres, it includes animals of the African savanna as giraffes, oryx, zebras Grant, big Kudu, Blue Wildebeest, and Pygmy hippos.

Branféré Park has very many plant species and botanical curiosities. Including a plane tree weeping from the East, about 300 years old, wide 40 meters and class 'remarkable tree of France' by the national Office of forests.


The Parc de Branféré offers both spectacular, educational and cultural, entertainment as the spectacle of birds facing the castle of the beginning of the 18th century. Of storks, pelicans, eagles, vultures, hawks, parrots and parakeets fly just inches from spectators in a stunning aerial ballet.

The Parcabout is a new recreation site where the public can evolve in altitude in the trees with nets used in the Navy.

The routes passing through this place

Useful information :

Address :
Botanique de Branféré animal park,56190 Le Guerno
Tel :
+ 33 (0) 2 97 42 94 66

Prices :
Adult: €19 children (4-12 years): 12.50

Opening hours :
from February 19 to April 11:13 h - 18 h from 12 April to July 4:10 h - 18 h 30 from July 5 to September 1:10 h - 19 h 30 from 2 September to 2 November: 10 h - 18 h

Free of charge.

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