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Things to See in the Languedoc:   Wildlife and National Parks

Languedoc Wildlife includes a wide range of Languedoc mammals (including deer, large long-horned sheep, Pyrenean fawns, brown bears, wolves, bison, beavers, wild boar, otters), Languedoc birds (including vultures, grouse, woodpeckers, and owls), Languedoc reptiles, amphibians and fish; Languedoc flowers, herbs, and trees; and regional mushrooms (including truffles and many other edible fungi). You can find most of them in the wilder parts of the region, but it is generally easier to find them in Languedoc wildlife reserves and National Parks. See for example:

The Cévennes National Park: This is a spectacular National park, declared a "World Biosphere Reserve" by UNESCO in 1985. It stretches across three Departements (54 % in Lozère, 36% in Gard and 10% in Ardèche). In altitude it rises from 378 to 1,699 metres above sea level. The park welcomes 800,000 visitors each year.   Click here for more about The Cévennes National ParkNext.

 

Sigean Réserve Africaine in the Aude département. An African nature park along the Mediterranean coast with 3500 animals.  Open all year round from 9am.  11130 Sigean, Tel 04 68 48 20 20. See more at the following link to Sigean Réserve Africaine

Les Angles Wildlife Park: A Wildlife Park in the the Pyrenees ( The Name in Occitan. Click here to find out more about occitan.  Pirenèus,  The Name in Catalan Pirineus,  The Name in French Pyrénées), where native Languedoc animals here live irelative freedom. Most of them are native to the Pyrenees - stags, roe deer, mouflons (large long-horned sheep) izards (Pyrenean fawns), brown bears, wolves and bison. Two trails, accessible in winter by snow shoe, enable you to see the different species. There are also panoramic viewpoints over the forests and lakes of the Capcir. The park covers an area of about 90 acres at an altitude of 1800m. Contact:   Les Angles wildlife park,   Tel: 33 (0)4 68 04 17 20,    Website: http://www.faune-pyreneenne.com/

Gevaudan Wolf park in the Lozère département.

The Vulture Lookout in the Lozère département. Colony of vultures reintroduced at Saint Pierre des Tripiers.

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Much of the wildlife of the Languedoc is common to the Languedoc's close neighbour, Provence. For a good website covering Provençal wildlife, click on any of the following links:

 

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