Bâtie Woods Zoo
The Bâtie Woods Zoo (Parc animalier du Bois-de-la-Bâtie in french) is an animal park featuring animals from our regions over an area of about 20,000 m². Located in the commune of Geneva near the Jonction area where Arve and Rhône meet, it is open every day of the year free of charge at the following times:
- November to March: from 8am to 6pm
- April – October: from 8am to 8pm
Access to dogs is prohibited.
Parking spaces along the road are available next to the Saint-Georges crematorium.
Purpose of the zoo
Opened in 1982, the purpose of the Bâtie Woods Zoo is as follows:
- Present and introduce the city’s inhabitants to regional species.
- Conserve endangered species
The visit of the zoo will be suitable for children under 8 years old or for those who are passionate about animals. There are signposts providing information on the different species.
Animals of the park
The zoo presents dozens of species and several hundred animals of which the Torpedo gives a summary here. The website of the City of Geneva offers a complete inventory of animals.
- Guinea pigs
- Shetland ponies
- Woolly pigs
- Hinterwald cow
Birds of prey
A large birdhouse with a concrete roof.
The Bâtie Woods Zoo (Bois-de-la-Bâtie in french) located on a small hill, is a place to relax and walk, including, in addition to its animal park, the largest playground in the city of Geneva and a magnificent oak forest. Its name comes from an old 14th century fort, the Bastie-Mellié. This is a space reserved for walking since the middle of the 19th century and the donation to the city of the plot that houses it.
The other zoos in French-speaking Switzerland
Le parc aux animaux du Bois-de-la-Bâtie ressemble à celui du zoo du bois du Petit-Château à La Chaux-de-Fonds, les deux ont pour but, dans un parc forestier, de faire découvrir gratuitement au public de la ville les animaux locaux.
The Bâtie Woods Zoo is similar to the one at the Petit-Château wood zoo in La Chaux-de-Fonds, both of which are intended, in a forest park, to introduce the city’s public to local animals free of charge.
The largest and most frequented zoo in French-speaking Switzerland is Servion Zoo above Lausanne, which is the only one to house large exotic animals such as lions or tigers. Fortunately, the trend nowadays is to present regional animals and more respect the minimum spaces relating to the different animal species.
Fun attractions in French-speaking Switzerland
Zoo in French-speaking Switzerland