Where can you see animals in Geneva?

I don’t know how it goes with you, but here we’ve noticed a strong animal passion in my mini since it was very small. A common passion for a lot of children, I think.

So, as I like to make “super compil'” type articles from time to time (but yes, like our cassettes in the 90s!) (everyone knows what cassettes are, right?) (the old-fashioned thing…), I thought I’d give you some ideas of where to take your offspring to observe animals in and around Geneva.

Parc aux animaux du Bois de la Bâtie
Le Bois de la Bâtie, a classic for children in Geneva. And this has been the case for several generations (according to the ancestor that I am) since it opened its doors in 1982. Yes, it’s been a long time. Here we discover animals of the local fauna, the backyard and the Pro Specie Rara conservation program: a total of 300 specimens spread over 2.5 hectares!
Open every day
Chemin de la Bâtie, 1202 Geneva

The Gavotte
Farm animals are to be discovered… on the farm! Of course it is. Goats and pigs walk freely in the Gavotte. In the adjoining field, you can see llamas, zebus, sheep and horses. On Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays (during school time) you can also enjoy a pony ride.
Open every day
Chemin des Verjus 138, 1212 Lancy

Ferme du Lignon
Welcome to chicken heaven. At the Ferme du Lignon, we observe the chickens and we can even buy eggs there. Layers of course on site. Fresher, you can’t! It is even possible to make visits by appointment.
Closed on Sundays
51B route Bois des Frères, 1219 Le Lignon

Conservatory and Botanical Garden of the City of Geneva
In freedom, the peacocks strut in the park of the Conservatory and Botanical Garden to let us admire their magnificent coloured plumage. There are also deer, peacocks, ducks, as well as ancient breeds of sheep and goats that are currently threatened. Like the Bois de la Bâtie, the Botanical Garden is part of a national safeguarding programme in collaboration with ProSpecieRara.
Open every day
Chemin de l’Impératrice 1, 1292 Chambésy-Geneva

Natural History Museum
To see animals that live in other latitudes and observe species from distant continents, the Natural History Museum option is ideal. Regional wildlife or animals of the world, we discover species of birds, reptiles, amphibians and mammals. Not to mention the two-headed turtle (which is very much alive)!
Closed on Monday
Route de Malagnou 1, 1208 Geneva

Île Rousseau
As a feathered beast version, there is plenty to do on the Île Rousseau side. We still can’t name them all, but we find a jumble of ducks, swans, coots, coot, scaups (yes, perfectly, scaups!) to observe endlessly. Ideal on sunny days.
Open every day
Passerelle du Pont des Bergues, 1204 Geneva

Vivarium de Meyrin
Reptiles? Batrachians? Spiders? This whole little world is a little scary, but when you get to know them, they become fascinating. The Vivarium de Meyrin, accessible even by tram, is really worth a visit!
Open every day
Rue Cardinal-Journet 32a, 1217 Meyrin

Meyrin Alpine Botanical Garden
A magnificent garden to visit absolutely in the heart of Meyrin. The Alpine Garden also hosts animals threatened with extinction, again as part of the Pro Specie Rara programme: Appenzell chickens and kicked goats. Good to know also, guided tours can be organized during the brooding or calving period.
Open every day
Chemin du Jardin Alpin 7, 1217 Meyrin

Challandes Animal Park
Since the 1970s, the Challandes animal park has been collecting injured, abandoned or surplus animals from zoos.
There is an eclectic fauna (22 mammal species, 61 bird species and 4 reptile species) sheltered here and some species may be released into the wild.
You can visit the residents of the park every morning from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. And financially support the park’s activities by becoming a member of the association!
Open every morning
Route de Valavran 33, 1293 Bellevue

Zoo la Garenne
Not quite in Geneva, of course, but not very far either, we love the Zoo la Garenne. The place has recently been restored and invites us to meet the Swiss and local fauna with, among others, badgers, foxes and ibex. In the zoo, there is also a great playground.
Open every day
Route du Bois Laurent 3, 1261 Le Vaud

And then the ideal thing, of course, is to observe the animals in the wild, their natural habitat, of course. I’ve been around the countryside a lot, but I admit I’ve rarely seen animals (perhaps because of the adorable-always-talking little person that accompanies me everywhere?)


2 thoughts on “Where can you see animals in Geneva?

  1. Merci pour tous ces bons plans pour occuper nos petits loups! On aime aussi aller à la réserve naturelle pointe à la bise (pro natura), aller ds la cabane perchée pour observer, avec des jumelles fournies à l’entrée du parc, toutes sortes d’oiseaux du lac, dans leur milieu naturel!

    1. Ah mais génial, quelle bonne idée! Ca fait longtemps qu’on veut y aller, on n’a encore jamais visité le centre Pro Natura de la Point à la Bise. A programmer en 2020 🙂
      Merci beaucoup pour le partage!

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