At the foot of the Pla Del Mir slopes, this 37-hectare park of pine forests set at an altitude of 1800m has two circuits, one of 3500m and the other 1500m.
The animals live in a natural habitat in semi-freedom.
It is not a zoo with animals confined in restricted areas outside their natural habitat, nor is it a reserve in which all the species of the Pyrenees are be presented together.
The park is open all year round and enables visitors to get to know the large wild animals of the Pyrenees (bears, stags, deer, wild boars, mountain sheep, ibexes, Pyrenean chamois, wolves, roe deer, marmots, reindeer, bison, etc.). It is also ideal for discovering the wealth of Pyrenean flora thanks to the variety of different sites.
The park is also typical of the forest environment in our mountains, with 37 hectares of mountain pine on the east facing slopes of the renowned Carlit massif, at an altitude of between 1700m and 1800m. It is located not very far from where the River Aude rises and just next to the ski resort.
This part of the mountain is fenced off and divided into enclosures that are very similar to the biotope of each species.
The natural environment is to the greatest extent possible respected whenever work is carried out, and special sites have been developed.
The park is conceived so that everyone can choose their own way of coming into contact with nature and the animals.
Properly appreciated, the visit is an exhortation to better understand the mountains and the species that live there.
Children above all will notice how strong a link there can be between people and nature.
The park is perhaps more a place for them than for adults.
Visiting the Les Angles Animal Park, the only one of its kind in the Pyrenees, is from all points of view an intense mountain experience and a rich and rewarding adventure.
It is in this context quite natural that presents the current Pyrenean animals living forever in our mountains such as chamois and wild boar, and those who fled the French slopes as the ibex and wolf. The endangered species depletion or disappearance as bears, those forever lost ground as the Pyrenean bison and reindeer are out of place in this park Capcir.
Herbivores, large or small, disappeared over the centuries such as deer, deer, deer, bighorn sheep, marmots, and fed back into our beds, there are very at ease.
Just be patient and passionate to observe the mountain fauna which for centuries was constantly mixed with the history of mankind. The prehistoric rock art caves Pyrenean bears witness to the long common journey that still continues through hunting, farming, recreation and art.
THE ANIMALS IN THE PARK :
- Brown bears are the stuff of myth and legends in the Pyrenees and the source of many traditions, as well as featuring in many place names.
- Wolves are a legendary animal like the bear, but they have been misunderstood and seen as an animal of terror and cruelty, resulting in their extermination.
- Wild boar are sedentary animals who make the forests here their home. They live in groups and are especially active at night. They love water and wallowing in the mud. They use their snout to search for food in the soil.
- The stag is the largest and finest mammal in the deer family. Stags are noble and majestic animals and lords of the forests with their powerful antlers.
- Roe deer are a lot smaller than stags and have shorter antlers, but they are found in large numbers in the forests and are an elegant, sprightly animal of the lower mountain regions.
- Wild mountain sheep disappeared from the Pyrenees thousands of years ago but were reintroduced to the Carlit massif from Corsica and Sardinia 30 years ago. They prefer dry, pebbly, uneven terrain.
- The Pyrenean chamois is a noble animal and a symbol of the Pyrenees. They are remarkably elegant with their fine, closely spaced horns.
- The marmot disappeared 10,000 years ago but was reintroduced in 1960. They live entirely freely in the Park and are only visible in the springtime as they hibernate from November to April. They live in colonies and act as the sentinels of the mountains, whistling at the slightest sign of danger.
- The ibex is a magnificent animal with great horns in the shape of the sabre, but it disappeared from the Pyrenees in the early part of the century. It is a protected species in France and lives on steep slopes thanks to its extraordinary agility.
- The bison are the largest animals in the Park, and in the Pyrenees too no doubt, back when it used to live here 11 centuries ago. Bison were very important to our prehistoric ancestors’ daily life and the caves in the Pyrenees contain many painted or carved images of them.
- Reindeer disappeared from the region thousands of years ago, and they too were bound up with the life of our prehistoric ancestors.
- Deer are hardy animals, between a stag and roe deer in size.
From 9h to 17h every day.
Annual closing the month of November.
Length of visit
Shorter 1500m circuit About one hour's walk
Longer 3500m circuit about one hour's walk