Two days at the ZooParc de Trégomeur for the ABC team! A peaceful haven, a piece of paradise lost in the Côtes-d’Armor! And above all, a zoo that has been supporting ABConservation from the beginning, allowed us to launch the Bearcat Study Program in 2016 and has helped us financially each year for 3 years now, so that we can continue our field research.
Our team of 3 people left Paris this Tuesday afternoon, heading to the Domaine du Fot Bras where we spent 2 nights. A few crêpes in the evening, a good night’s sleep, and the next day we’re off to our first binturong-themed day at the ZooParc de Trégomeur.
As usual, we are welcomed by Anaïs who leads us to the area where we set up our stands. We are much luckier this year, as the weather is sunny and warm, and we’re avoiding the Parisian heatwave for a few days.
Around 10am we’re ready to welcome visitors. Irène and Isabelle, two loyal ABConservation volunteers, join us and help us out for the entire day.
Our activities make many visitors happy, especially the binturong game where the winner gets an ABConservation badge and is entrusted with the role of binturong ambassador. This first day is a true success, we get to meet lots of interesting people. Some of them already know the species and want to learn more about it, others discover it with our educational intervention.
Around 6.30 pm, it’s time to pack up everything for the night, before coming back the next day. In the evening, Anne-Laure, Arnaud and I celebrate this lovely day on the sea front, where we ate our quota of crêpes for the whole year.
On Thursday 27th at 9am, we leave our accommodation at the Domaine du Fot Bras where we enjoyed some peace and quietness for 2 nights. All good things must come to an end.
Second and last day at the ZooParc de Trégomeur. In the morning, as soon as the park opens it is way more crowded than the previous day, so we have more visitors to reach out to. People are attentive to our talk and are aware of the impact of palm oil production on South-East Asian tropical forests. In the afternoon we turn some children into little binturongs with our face paintings, while others roam inside the zoo with their printed masks. The story of my adventures in the Philippines inspires some visitors and stimulates new career interests. With new enrichment placed inside Dorotha and Kroma’s enclosure, we all get to observe how agile binturongs are and how they use their prehensile tail.
Before leaving the zoo, Anaïs invites us to take part in an escape game at the park’s traditional Thai farm. A great moment with puzzles, fun, and teamwork. Phew, we finished in 57min! At 7.15pm, time to hit the road to Paris. We had 2 very pleasant days, lots of encounters, curious people fascinated by the wonderful creatures binturongs are.
Many thanks to all the staff at ZooParc de Trégomeur. Special thanks go to Anaïs, Noémie, Benjamin and Florent for their support during our stay at the zoo.