It was on a beautiful sunny Sunday in autumn last year when we went to visit the Zoo of Servion.

Located near Lausanne, on the edge of the Jorat forests, the zoo of Servion houses the great felines, primates, and Nordic fauna.

This small Zoo is great for young children and buggy friendly. You can visit the Zoo and the Tropiquarium separately if you have only a couple of hours of time.

We went for a day trip and visited first the tropiquarium.

The tropiquarium is a new zoological area exhibiting a great variety of birds and reptiles in large tropical greenhouses, parks, and aviaries.

In the greenhouse there is a wide variation of different reptiles: crocodiles, lizards, chameleons, turtles, frogs and snakes. The vivariums and aquariums are placed so that children can move freely around and they are on children’s height so they can look at the animals by themselves and that gave me the opportunity to shoot some nice pictures.

Outside they have an area for the giant Galapagos turtles, and when they get food you can get a real close up look of them. There are also several areas for different birds and one very big aviary where you can go inside and when you are quiet (which our children surprisingly where) you can watch the birds and their natural behaviour.

After visiting one more outside area with yet more birds it was time to move on to the Zoo.

You will be surprised by the amount of different animals, as it’s really not a big Zoo. When you enter the Zoo there is a play area for children and the restaurant from where you can watch your children playing while having a coffee or lunch break.

The actual tour through the park starts with the primates and leads you from there through the forest and takes you along Buffaloes,  Deer, Antelopes, Bears, Lions, Tigers, Arctic Wolves and many other animals.

Even without all the animals the walk through the forest is already nice and when the children get tired you put them in their buggies because all the paths are paved.

There where some new areas since the last time we visited where we spent a little bit more time. The Bear pit was all new and a large outside area was added to the pit.

Something worth to mention is that they participate in the Breeding for Survival program together with other Zoos and are constantly fighting for the preservation and the survival of threatened species. These animals, bred for the survival of their species, are the responsibility of one and only one animal park. This way, health and genetic information is centralised and consanguinity problems can be avoided.

They work with the London zoo, in charge of Siberian tigers, and with the zoo of Mulhouse, who is supervising the breeding of lemurs. While organising the replacement of the animals, our partners look out for the development of genetically healthy populations. Except for Siberian tigers and lemurs, they also welcome Goeldi’s monkeys, pygmy marmosets, Liszt tamarin and binturongs.

For me personally the absolute highlight where the two snow leopards,  when we arrived to watch them one of them was just laying in front of us on a big tree trunk. He didn’t seem to bother with all the admiration he was getting from the visitors. I love cats and here was an absolute beauty.

Snow Leopard Zoo Servion 2010