Sunday, July, 15th, ABConservation was welcomed by the zoo of Amnéville. This zoological park (situated in the Lorraine region in France and created in 1986 by two enthusiasts of the animal world) is composed of a green area of 18 hectares, in which 360 animal species live (several of them belong to the European Breeding Program). Since the beginning of the year 2017, there is a new resident among them: Doris. Doris is a male binturong, born in 2006, with a peaceful personality, who lives with a couple of Muntjac de Reeves.
It’s at 5 :00am, that our little team made up of Agathe, Anne-Laure, Pauline and Arnaud, took the road in direction of Amnéville. After 3h30 on the road, we were welcomed by Marine (worker in the educational department), our referent for the day.
For this educational intervention, masks and makeups were a success. Agathe and Pauline experimented a new style of makeup with a grey sparkle effect: Kids loved it!! The production of enrichments, and the different lunch time of Doris allowed several presentations of the species with a mike. At the end of each presentation, the visitors were welcome to answer to some questions about the binturong. 100% of good responses allowed the kids (and sometimes even adults) to win an ABConservation pin’s and to become an ambassador of the bearcat!
We received a super welcome from the team of the zoo of Amnéville: several animal keepers came to see us, and the director too. A particular thank to Marine, who took care of us throughout the day. Thanks to all of them!!!
We took the road back with a bit of fatigue and we debriefed this day in the car with a very positive assessment!