Flight over the lions : we tested the zip-line of the zoo de Thoiry
Robin Prudent – France Télévisions
Mis à jour le 22/07/2017 | 11:14 – publié le 22/07/2017 | 07:11
Fawns as you have never seen them. The zoo of Thoiry (Yvelines) proposes, starting Tuesday, July 25th, a new attraction: the flying over the lions on a zip-line. The zoo, which allows to approach as closely as possible these animals thanks to a glass tunnel, suggests observing them fromthe sky, suspended from a cable a few meters away from the ground. Franceinfo tested this novelty.
By dashing down from a tower which overhangs the park in 16 meters in height, the visitors can overfly, on 230 meters, the space where live the lions. The zoo shelters 18 of them, present alternately in this portion of the park. Indeed, these wild animals can sometimes show themselves aggressive between them and have therefore been separated in several groups.
The lions not really impressed
The Wildcats” react well ” asserts Thierry Duguet, managing director of the zoo of Thoiry, to Franceinfo. During our test, the zip-line, noisy, did not seem to frighten the animals below. Only a female made some steps during our passage.
A second zip-line of 250 meters allows to join de ground, this overflying the safari space of the zoo, where zebras, gnus and antelopes live in semi-liberty.