Around 90 km from Rennes, this animal refuge has over 1,000 animals representing a hundred different species that live in peace in large enclosures in about 25 hectares. The Refuge de l’Arche in Château-Gontier works for animals and animal welfare. It is a place of rescue for both wild and domestic animals. There’s also a kids playground and picnic areas.
13 Quater rue Félix Marchand, 53200 Saint-Fort /+33 2 43 07 24 38 / email@example.com / www.refuge-arche.org
A reputed animal refuge that takes in local wounded or ill animals, treats them and re-releases them into the wild. Only animals that are too dependent on humans are kept. They also welcome domestic and exotic pets that have become too difficult for their owner to keep . A great mix of exciting exotic animals and our own local favourites to visit. (Anne Powney)