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Thoiry to reopen its ZooSafari

Watch wild animals in freedom would have a beneficial effect on the morale of the ile-de-france déconfinés? It seems that yes. The sun and the success have been the appointment for the re-opening of Thoiry this weekend. The animal park was full for the day of Sunday.

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a total of more than 3,000 vehicles succeeded on the route of 8 km, where vadrouillent some 200 wild animals of 30 different species. "We had to stop ticket sales on the Internet from the early morning, says Christelle Bercheny, director general of the zoological park of Thoiry. And we have decided to reopen as soon as Wednesday, may 20, to enable those who have not been able to enter the reserve at this time come back later."

For the moment only the "ZooSafari" accessible by car, has been open to the visit. Strategic decision of the park as explained by its director: "The fact that everyone can enjoy the place in his own vehicle is greatly restricted human contact. There is no connection with other people. The visitors stay in their car. We have developed a circuit, fluid from the entrance to the parking lot up to the reserve, where people can neither park nor get together." Thus, the measures of distance are met.

During the confinement period a teddy bear with glasses, three cubs Baribal and a dozen antelopes of different species have seen the light of day.

Christelle Bercheny

After these two months of closure related to containment measures, Thoiry offers, therefore, a ride of one hour on the traces of wild animals. Visitors can observe the animals of the reserve freely. The 50 hectares of this area is home to two geographical areas. First of all the part of Africa.

You can see rhinos, ostriches, giraffes, zebras, antelopes frolicking without forgetting the elephant and wildebeest. We then go to the sector to America, where bears, bison and wolves wander among the oaks and birches.

The bears roam the area America's "Zoo" zoological Park of Thoiry

Sometimes a few zebras curious or antelope fearless approaching vehicles. Ostriches have even created a small traffic jam last Sunday! Of course, it is forbidden to open the windows and feed them. It is the opportunity to admire the flocks and herds, take pictures and discover the new-born of the reservation. "During the confinement period a teddy bear with glasses, three cubs Baribal and a dozen antelopes of different species have seen the light of day," says with a smile Christelle Bercheny.

- sanitary Measures of rigour

To comply with the instructions of government health the wildlife park has developed a " charter "ZOO CLEAN N' SAFE". Validated jointly by the prefecture and the municipality, it lists 15 points for the fight against the spread of the coronavirus. It was allowed to reopen in any security for visitors and staff on site. No special precautions were taken for the animals because they were already in place before the health crisis. Several provisions related to the recommendations of the public authorities to combat the spread of the Covid-19 have been introduced.

products disinfectants in sanitary areas and in the common areas but also the marking on the floor and the signaling of the safety distances between the customers in the waiting areas are part of the first gestures barrier. The disinfection and the regular cleaning of common areas, as well as the port of the mask extended to the entire staff minimise the risks of contamination. Finally, access to presale ticketing and contactless payment complete the system.

Reopen the parties "park and walk" from the 2nd of June

The willingness of the park is able to reopen the parties to "park walk", castle and restore from the June 2, while maintaining the safety conditions necessary. The ticket office will remain without contact, markings and disinfections regular and systematic will be prosecuted. The restore part will be completely rethought in a context of take-aways. Visitors will be able to order their meals and go to the picnic in the dedicated spaces.

"Our goal is to re-open 7 days 7 from June 2," wants to Christelle Bercheny. "We are waiting for the instructions of the public authorities, in particular on a possible restriction of the number of people in the park. We want to return to a normal activity with all the necessary precautions related to the health situation. We are confident, but we still remain very cautious."

During its first weekend of reopening to the wildlife park was full on Sunday 17 may. He is hoping to renew the experience from Wednesday and during the bridge of the Ascension. It is true that with this first step of déconfinement, the public has rediscovered with pleasure the sensations of freedom and escapism at the heart of nature wild and bewildering.

ZooSafari Thoiry, Thoiry (78). Tel: 01 34 87 40 67. From Wednesday 20 to Sunday 24 may from 10am to 17h.

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