Le Monde Sauvage


City: Aywaille
Country: Belgium
Province: Liege
Opend 1975


Species 273


Its a zoo in 2 parts, the first part shows the animals like a typical safaripark with ungulates - but also rhinos, elephants and hippos. The other part is a mix of a birdpark and carnivorepark, with lions, tigers etc

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Le Monde Sauvage
Fange de Deigné 3
4920 Aywaille



Phone number 04 360 90 70


Opened minimum April-October 10am-5pm


Entrance fee

  • Adult 27,- Euros
  • Child 22,50 Euros
Passport (Amis/friends)
  • Adult 59,- Euro
  • Child 48,- Euro


For kids there is a petting area and several playgrounds

If you take pictures please mention the zoo


From Ghent , Joseph Renson is captain for Sabena who enjoys wildlife parks. He decided to found in 1975 his own zoo. Located near Spa, Coo and Banneux, the city Aywaille seems to be the ideal site and he acquired 164 hectares of land. Feared the oil crisis, foreign investors withdrew from the project yet well advanced. Alongside his career that still holds 11 years, Joseph Renson landscape the area in stages. Rhinos and hippos are the first African animals acquired by the captain. The first couple of African elephants made ​​its debut in 1989. In 1995, SPRL Monde Sauvage Safari Deigné shows interest to exploit Remouchamps caves located in the same municipality whose operating license expires. She made ​​the most attractive offer with an annual municipal fee 7-9000000 according to support development work required by the municipality or by the future manager. SPRL Monde Sauvage Safari Deigné is yet more than 5 million BEF (over € 124,000) to the town for non-payment of entertainment tax, while the previous year it makes a profit of 717,000 BEF (€ 17,775) to 38.9 million BEF turnover (€ 9.65 million). SPRL, new manager, takes possession of the premises on 1 January 1996. Since its opening in 1975, three events have tarnished the image of the Monde Sauvage. In May 1982, a tourist has been eaten by lions and another was seriously injured when a bridge overcoming the lions broke. In April 1995, Douglas Robertson, a Scottish mahout working in park died, trampled by elephants. In December 2013, a snow leopard, escaped from its space, was shot by a guard, provoking the ire of animal rights associations 

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This is a Safari Park, so half of the Zoo can be visited by your own car, the rest on foot. If you don't have a car there is a mini train taking you a tour on the savannah a couple of times during the day. If on foot its often free, care drivers pay a fee. The trip with the mini train takes aprox 45 minutes ans storries are told about the animals in french and dutch

After paying the entrance fee you all ready see the pelicans, having theire lake just behind the small office houses.You now can deive inside the savannah area between antelopes, hippos and zebras. In this area you can drive by enclosures for African elephants and white rhinos. From this area area you also can drive inside a South American pampas with South american tapirs, llamas and capybaras. In this area you also drive by an enclosure for maned wolves and an aviary with South american birds. Driving outside the safari area and turning right we are having the elk. Holding at the parking square we go towards the childrens zoo with ponies and other farm animals. Going throught the play grounds we enter tropical house we several bird species, as well as some bird eating spider and other fescinating creaturs. Here we also find the a bird show and the restaurant.  Behind the house are som aviaries for storks and other birds. They are followed by enclosures for larger cats, like tiger, lion and cheetah. Following the path forward we pass a brown bear enclosure and then turn left, to enter the sea lion stadium where several daily shows are held. Next to them are the polar bears. At the penguins we then turn left and see a large enclosure for bison ans moose. Following this enclosure we meet among others prairie dogs. At the left hand we then are having the monkey islands, home to gibbons, lemurs and the lion-tailed macaque. In this area we also find to ape species, the chimpanzee and the orangutan. Behind is the birds of prey area with one of Europes largest collection. Here as well is an arena where there is a daily show with these beautyfull creatures.  Passing the orangutans and bisons once more we turn right to meet the ostrich. Following the path we then see the giraffes and after a while wallabies as well as emus. Now beeing at the brown bears again its time to think of taking the mini train or riding Arabian camels

DE: Dies ist ein Mix aus Zoo und Safaripark, der Safariparkteil kann auch durch einen Minizug besucht werden. Es werden Afrikanische Elefanten, Flusspferde und mehrere Antilopenarten auf diesem teil gezeigt. Im begehbaren gelände trift man besonders auf die grossen Katzen, Affen und Raubvögel.

DK: Dette er en blanding af zoo og safaripark, safaridelen kan også besøges via et minitog. I det område vises Afrikanske elefanter, flodheste og flere antilopearter. I delen hvor man går møder man især de store katte, aber og rovfugle
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