Espace Animalier de la Haute-Touche is near Obterre, in the Indre (department 36) and about a 15 minute drive from Le Petit-Pressigny.
The animal and nature reserve of Haute-Touche is a 500 hectare forest in the
. Over 100 hectares is open to the public with more than 100 species of animals from five continents on view - or so the signs say! Brenne National Park
If you like animals it is a lovely day out. It is calm and non-commercial, although they do have a restaurant/café and a place to buy ice creams. The Haute-Touche is about seeing the animals in a more natural environment.
The first 20 minutes of the visit is a drive, VERY slowly, along a safari trail with some brilliant photo opportunities along the way. There are also signs with information about some of the species and the conservation work that Haute-Touche is involved in, with zoos and organisations around the world.
A car park is to be found at the end of the safari drive, and close by an area for picnics and a restaurant. Then there are many trails to explore and see the animals in large enclosures and wide open spaces.
I think the entrance fee is about 8€ and Haute-Touche is open every day from (10-6) in May to September (weekends and Wednesdays in April and until the end of November).
Tim, thinking about a money making opportunity. Needless to say we didn't send the video off . Still, it might make a healthy donation to the funds of the amis-hautetouche if the video were to appear on some inane TV programme!
The antics of this ostrich really cheer me up. I think he was trying his best to impress us - or see us off!
We had a fantastic afternoon – so much so that I visited with two sets of our summer visitors within the space of a week!
The Chateau at Azay-le-Ferron is very close by and well worth a visit. More about this at another time……