Aerial view of the newly opened (June 2019) polar bear enclosures at Parc Zoo du Reynou

Facility

Location:  Parc Zoo du Reynou

Address:  Domaine du Reynou, 87110 Le Vigen, France

Telephone:  (+33) 5 55 00 40 00

Email:  contact@parczooreynou.com

Website:  https://www.parczooreynou.com/en/

Exhibit:  Title of exhibit is not known

Bears

Nanu (male).  Born in captivity 21 November 2012 in Scandinavian Wildlife Park, Kolind, Denmark.  Arrived Parc Zoo du Reynou 18 June 2019

Todz (male).  Born in captivity 2 December 2014 in Rotterdam Zoo, Netherlands.  Arrived Parc Zoo du Reynou 12 June 2019

Details

The new polar bear exhibit opened in June 2019.  Covering an area of 15,000 m² (3.7 acres) the site is divided into two enclosures, one of 8,000 and one of 7,000m².  Each enclosure includes a cave for shelter and a three metre deep pool of about 500 m².  The pools are filled with non-chlorinated rain water.
 
The zoo states that “The two enclosures are based on the latest research and respect the highest standards of animal welfare”.
There is a good variety of soft substrates and a refreshing lack of concrete.  The bears have wide-ranging panoramic views.  We do not as yet have any information on the off-exhibit facilities and buildings.
 

Concerns

  1.  Once the two male bears have settled in to the new site it is intended to institute a breeding programme
  2. The site meets the Manitoba Standard for area and at 3.7 acres almost meets our own Whilst this exceeds the Manitoba Standard it falls far short of our own recommendation of at least 8,000 square metres (2 acres) per animal.  However, it is believed that the intention is to keep more than two bears here.

We do not have details of the feeding, exercise, medical and enrichment regimes at the Zoo.

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Page updated 06 August 2019

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