For quite some time, Darcy had been eager to show us the ZooParc de Beauval. It's a world class zoo located about an hour and a half south of Orleans. We had heard many good things about the zoo and were looking forward to our visit.
The drive south was pleasant and uneventful. When we arrived at the zoo, the parking lot was beginning to fill up. People were streaming into the gates of the zoo; little ones excitedly jumping up and down in a frenzy to visit their favorite animals.
The Beauval Zoo is built atop hilly terrain and is beautifully landscaped. It was definitely one of the prettiest zoos I have ever had the pleasure to visit. We wound up and around to the crest of a small hill to join a line for entry into the bird show. Darcy especially wanted us to view this exciting exhibition. She and Mathieu had seen the show several times and knew exactly where to sit for the best view.
|Waiting for the bird show to begin|
at the Beauval Zoo in France.
|Bald eagles swoop down to feed from the pond.|
|Coming in for a landing!|
|Many of the birds perched just behind us.|
After the show, we began to tour the grounds, viewing the animals that lived in these lovely surroundings. Naturally, the pandas were one of my favorite sights. It was the first time I had ever seen a panda in real life. The male was quite a ham. He seemed to be posing for pictures and enjoying all of the attention he received.
|The panda was hamming it up after a snack of bamboo.|
|The animal enclosures are nicely landscaped.|
|Nap time for Kangaroos!|
|These two seemed to get along quite well|
by completely ignoring each other.