The Challandes Park is a small zoo created in 1991 in Bellevue in the canton of Geneva by Pierre Chalandes. In 1974, Pierre Challandes took over aviaries at Vernier and populated them with birds and then acquired other animals later. Due to lack of space, the animals were finally transferred in 1989 to their current location. Since 1991, an association composed of several thousand members has been managing its operations.
Challandes Park is located in the centre of the only runway at Geneva International Airport a few hundred metres before it. It is therefore necessary to deal with the deafening noise of low-level aircraft during the landing phase every 5 minutes.
Some parking spaces at the entrance of the park.
The park is open to the public every day from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm. The first visit is free, for the following ones, it is necessary to become a member of the association.
List of animals
Below is a non-exhaustive list of the main animals or species of animals in Challandes Park. The visit to the zoo takes between one and two hours.
Birds in Aviary
Amazons and Ars
Wallabies and maras enclosure
The most interesting area of the zoo is the place where the visitor can walk inside an enclosure containing wallabies, a small kangaroo, and maras, one of the largest rodents on Earth.