Different African ecosystems are faithfully re-created at Bioparc. You can find different biomes and habitats such as the savannah, the forests of Madagascar, and equatorial Africa. The vegetation is indigenous to the area, thus reproducing the bioclimatic zones of each area, as are the replicas of the great rocks, caves and giant baobabs.
In the African savannah, we find the great herbivores amongst acacia forests and plains populated by zebras, impalas, blesbok, marabou storks, cranes, giraffes, white rhinoceroses, etc… as well as subterranean life, with the visitor able to go underground and see anteaters’ dens and African termite nests. In the Kopje zone, a habitat featuring extensive rocky areas, live the fierce lions, striped mongooses, hyraxes and exotic birds. We can enjoy the company of giant African elephants in the palm groves.
We can find the greatest variety of ecosystems and different habitats here, due to the highly varied vegetation. We can see the only re-creation in the world of the KITUM cave in equatorial Africa. In this 40 metre-plus cave, visitors will be able to observe through the crevices a herd of elephants grazing on a nearby plain. Outside the cave, the dense equatorial forest serves as shelter for different species of African birds.
In the clearing of the swampy forest, countless species meet to obtain food from the mud, to rest and to socialise. Two families of gorillas share their space with mangabeys and monkeys, surrounded by herds of bongos, forest buffaloes, and red river hogs. Two emblematic species, the leopard and chimpanzee, live in the forest surrounding the mud lake. After passing through the forest clearing, we’ll come across such other primates as the drills, talapoins, and another monkey species. A river separates these monkeys from the pygmy hippopotamus and a group of sitatunga antelopes.
On the island of Madagascar, we find seven different species of lemurs and an interpretation centre dedicated to explaining the extinction processes which occurred on the island during the 17th century. Life-size replicas of two of these extinct animals, the elephant bird and koala lemur, are on display here.