Plan your visit

Come and meet the 350 animals of the Parc Animalier d'Auvergne for a day or all throughout the year. Choose from our two offers: a single visit or an annual pass!

The tiger enclosure is finally finished! Comes see Noéa and Saphyr in their new habitat.
Think you might come back a few times during the year? Get your Annual Passport!

New in 2021

The Amur leopard

Come and discover our couple of Amur leopards, in the largest enclosure in Europe for the species! Originally from Russia and Northern China, the Amur leopard is the most endangered feline on the planet. There are only 100 individuals left in the wild, so it is essential to protect it in a wildlife park.

The enclosure is located at the top of the Park.

The Pudú

Originally from Chile, the pudu is the smallest cervid in the world. Its new enclosure is located next to the South American plain, opposite the tiger enclosure.

The new restaurant

While you eat, you will be able to observe our sloths, armadillos and tamarinds but also enjoy a breathtaking view of the Auvergne reliefs.

The park is currently

Closed Opening in 11 hr 8 min

Our opening hours

Check the opening times for a particular day:
Last admission: 90 minutes before closing. The Park opens on May 19.

Ticket prices


Prices include admission for a full-day, self-guided visit to the park. Entry is free for children under 3 with valid identification.

Tip: buy your ticket online for quick access to the park!

• Peak season
From 4 April to 31 August:
Children ages 3 to 9: €16 (1€ donated to conservation efforts)
Ages 10 and up: €22 (1€ donated to conservation efforts)
Guests with reduced mobility with valid identification: €15
Person with reduced mobility with wheelchair : €7.5
• Off season
From 2 September:
Children ages 3 to 9: €14 (1€ donated to conservation efforts)
Ages 10 and up: €19 (1€ donated to conservation efforts)
Guests with reduced mobility with valid identification: €15
Person with reduced mobility with wheelchair : €7.5
Annual Passport

Visit the park whenever you want for a year!

  • Children under 3: free
  • Children ages 3 to 9: €31
  • Adults and children 10 and up: €43

Discover all the advantages of the annual passport and come to the park for Easter, Halloween, Christmas and more.


For every annual passport, 2€ are added to the Goal 100,000€ fund for the protection of threatened species.

Accepted methods of payment


  • Credit cards
  • Cash
  • ANCV holiday vouchers (we do not give change)


  • Credit cards
  • Cash

For the train, please pay the driver directly in cash (€2)

Important information

Pets are not allowed in the park.

You can bring your own outside food for a picnic.

We cannot keep any personal objects at reception.

We do not know the weather in advance.


Annual Passport

Unlimited visits to the park

With your annual passport, come see the park’s latest residents and newborns, take a little stroll after lunch surrounded by the animals, and participate in all our events!

And take advantage of numerous special offers
  • Unlimited access to the park for a year
  • Exclusive emails about births and new arrivals to the park
  • 10% off all year long in the boutique

Important information elevation gain

The Parc Animalier d’Auvergne is built on a mountainside on about 200m of altitude gain with some slopes at more than 20%. All the innovations since 2013 tend to integrate a dimension to facilitate access to all in the Park. Nevertheless, we favour an experience as close as possible to nature and although we have invested in 7 km of tarred roads, there are still dirt roads or small pebbles in the park. Likewise, the rains and storms constantly displace nature when we are on a mountain and you can find on the paths punctually branches, stones and earth. This is why we offer a very discounted ticket for our visitors in wheelchairs. Thank you for taking this information into account when making your purchase.

A small train is also available to go up to the top of the Park more easily.


Getting here

Parc Animalier d’Auvergne

Route d’Anzat le Luguet , 63420 Ardes, France

40 minutes south of Clermont-Ferrand, via the A75 motorway

• Exit 15 southbound, coming from Issoire and Clermont-Ferrand
• Exit 17 northbound, coming from Saint-Flour
• Follow the signs for the Parc Animalier d’Auvergne and Ardes-sur-Couze

Free parking is available in the large car park right next to the entrance.

Map of the park

Where to stay?

Near Issoire and Clermont-Ferrand

The park is easily accessible via the A75 motorway, near Issoire, Clermont-Ferrand, and the Sancy Mountains. Find accommodation in our exceptional region on the website of the Tourist Office.

Plenty of activities to discover in the region

In Issoire, discover Saint Austremoine Abbey Church, one of the major sites of the southern Puy-de-Dôme! A not-to-be-missed visit. You can also climb to the top of the Puy de Dôme. Enjoy an incredible view of the Chaîne des Puys volcanoes and the Limagne Plain, added to the UNESCO World Heritage List on 2 July 2018! Take advantage of our partnership with the Panoramique des Dômes rack railway.

Our partners

Panoramique des Dômes

The highest volcano of the Chaîne des Puys-faille de Limagne, is a high tectonic place inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List since July 2, 2018.

In 15 minutes, the Panoramique des Dômes takes you to the top of the Puy de Dôme for a 360° discovery of the sleeping volcanoes of the Chaîne des Puys and the Limagne Fault, this geological complex witnessing the rupture of the continents, unique in the world.

More information on :

Ikea Family card

Ikea Family card holders enjoy a discount of €2

Frequently asked questions

How long is the visit?

Depending on your pace, the visit takes between 4 and 5 hours.

Can we bring our dog to the Parc Animalier d'Auvergne?

No, for hygiene reasons and for the safety for our animals, dogs and other pets are not admitted to the park.

Are there places to eat?

Yes! We have four dining areas (one restaurant and three snacks) at the top and bottom of the park. Delight your taste buds with local products like truffade, aligot or an assortment of local cheeses and meats.

Can I bring outside food for a picnic in the park?

Absolutely! You can bring your food to the park and eat at one of the picnic tables throughout the park. We also offer food made from local products.

Can we come to the Parc Animalier d'Auvergne with our class?

Of course! Whether for an end-of-the-year trip or for a workshop, the Parc Animalier d’Auvergne is the perfect place for a school outing. Find all the information on our school groups page.

Do you offer corporate activities?

Yes! Find out more about our seminars, Christmas parties and team building workshops on our groups page. An unforgettable day for your employees!

What is the surface area of the Park?

The park covers an area of 30 hectares.

Who owns the park?

The Parc Animalier d’Auvergne was created in 1984 by Maurice White. It was taken over in 2012 by Pascal Damois and Rémy Gaillot, two entrepreneurs who decided to change their lives and protect endangered species.

Are the animals taken from their natural environment in the wild?

No! The animals in animal parks are all born in captivity. When a new animal arrives at the Parc Animalier d’Auvergne, it comes from a free transfer from another zoo. Our female red panda Mushu for example, comes from the Réserve Zoologique de la Haute Touche.
Discover all the missions of a zoological park..

What do you do for the protection of endangered species?

We act to ensure their safety in the park, by participating in European reproduction programs. The purpose of these programs (EEP) is to protect animals in order to reintroduce them to their natural environment in the wild, when they are no longer threatened.
We also support associations that protect wild animals, by working with the local populations and raising awareness with children. This year, we are once again aiming to give them 100,000 euros!
Discover the programs we support .

Are you looking for interns?

Depending on the time of year, we look for interns in different fields: communication, catering, education and animal care. See all our offers for internships.

How can I become a keeper?

There are 5 schools in France with training courses to become an animal keeper:

Are you hiring?

Depending on the time of year, we hire employees in various sectors: communication, catering, education and animal care. See all our job offers.