The French Pyrénées, Animal Sanctuary – Photo Essay

Marmots at the Parc des Animalier Pyrenees, Argelès-Gazost in France on Mallory on Travel, adventure, adventure travel, photography

Who’s that spoiling this shot?

I have not always been a great fan of zoos, too many of them had a bad track record for looking after the animals in their care. This situation has fortunately changed in recent times, many have become an animal sanctuary with an effective captive breeding programme and some may even become the last refuge of certain endangered species.

Marmot in close-up at the Parc des Animalier Pyrenees, animal sanctuary in Argelès-Gazost in France on Mallory on Travel, adventure, adventure travel, photography

Getting his best side

Marmot patrol at the Parc des Animalier Pyrenees, animal sanctuary in Argelès-Gazost in France on Mallory on Travel, adventure, adventure travel, photography

You wanna piece of me?

The Parc Animalier Pyrénées which is one of the most popular of its kind in Europe. The enclosures are being enlarged in the near future, greatly improving the existing facilities, which are already fairly good. The animals seem well cared for and generally happy in their surroundings.

The bear compound at the Parc des Animalier Pyrenees, Argelès-Gazost in France on Mallory on Travel, adventure, adventure travel, photography

He’s a little shy

They are either indigenous species of the Pyrénées or ones that used to roam freely throughout the region in better times.

Otter at the Parc des Animalier Pyrenees, Argelès-Gazost in France on Mallory on Travel, adventure, adventure travel, photography

A very alert little fella

Accommodation is also being built in the form of a log cabin which will allow guests to stay close to the wolf enclosure. Enjoying a meal and then an evening with these stunning creatures will be an amazing experience before getting a good night’s sleep in a comfortable bed. Being one of the first to stay here will be an unforgettable experience and I would love to be amongst the privileged few.

Otter feeding at the Parc des Animalier Pyrenees, Argelès-Gazost in France on Mallory on Travel, adventure, adventure travel, photography

Hey where’s the fish?

Making an exception now and stopping writing to allow the images to speak for themselves. A genuine photo essay, that showcases the true stars of the Haute- Pyrénées animal sanctuary.

Otters waiting for dinner at the Parc des Animalier Pyrenees, Argelès-Gazost in France on Mallory on Travel, adventure, adventure travel, photography

Playtime or feeding time

Lynx at the Parc des Animalier Pyrenees, Argelès-Gazost in France on Mallory on Travel, adventure, adventure travel, photography

Eye of the lynx

Tree bound lynx at the Parc des Animalier Pyrenees, Argelès-Gazost in France on Mallory on Travel, adventure, adventure travel, photography Iain_Mallory_040955

Whatcha looking at?

Wolfpack at the Parc des Animalier Pyrenees, Argelès-Gazost in France on Mallory on Travel, adventure, adventure travel, photography

A majestic wolf

Wolves at the Parc des Animalier Pyrenees, Argelès-Gazost in France on Mallory on Travel, adventure, adventure travel, photography

Just beautiful

Woodpecker at the Parc des Animalier Pyrenees, Argelès-Gazost in France on Mallory on Travel, adventure, adventure travel, photography

Colourful little guy

Deer family Wolfpack at the Parc des Animalier Pyrenees, Argelès-Gazost in France on Mallory on Travel, adventure, adventure travel, photography

Bambi and friend

Eider ducks at the Parc des Animalier Pyrenees, Argelès-Gazost in France on Mallory on Travel, adventure, adventure travel, photography

Best of the bunch



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      Iain

      Thank you Sophie I really loved the wolves one of those images was my wallpaper for quite a while, the otters were alos so enchanting.

  1. kittenesque kitty

    what a lovely piece – the photos truly speak for themselves, absolutely gorgeous animals captured in the best possible way ..on film of course!! These pics would make a lovely calender 🙂 Makes me want to visit this place for sure

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  2. Kate

    Thanks for these gorgeus photos – the otters are adorable and the wolves magnificent! Will definitely be putting this place on my list to go tovisit – is it far from Toulouse as will be there at New Year?

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      Iain

      Hi Kate I am glad you liked it, no it is not far from Toulouse although I actually flew into Lourdes, enjoy your visit in the new Year.

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