Since ancient times, and on most continents, men have maintained animal collections.
In the early 20th century, zoos are menageries where people come to entertain admiring strange animals. As the world becomes aware of the environmental concept, zoos understand that they have a role to play in the conservation of animal biodiversity. The Washington Convention or CITES in 1973 further accelerates this trend. Therefore, animals in zoos, mostly born in captivity from exchanges between institutions.
The end of the same century marks a further degradation of the natural environment and the gradual disappearance of many animal species. Zoos then contribute to the protection of nature in transmitting knowledge and raising the most threatened and promoting their reintroduction into the wild where possible animals. Zoos defend the rights of animals to keep intact natural environment by taking action to safeguard the most vulnerable ecosystems.
Federated now in national and international associations, these institutions perform four basic tasks:
Recreation, education and awareness, conservation and research.
Recreational mission entertain visitors by offering them a place of relaxation and leisure. TOUROPARC fulfills this mission by offering attractions and a water area. TOUROPARC improves its facilities each year for the public to enjoy his visit
The educational mission: to educate visitors to the protection of biodiversity through different pedagogies tools (panels, workshops, brochures, …). Awareness focuses on the discovery of the species and the threats they face in the wild (habitat destruction, poaching, illegal trafficking, …)
TOUROPARC offers an educational program with an offer adapted to different grade levels. Entertainment is also provided daily to the public. In addition, educational panels punctuate visiting the park allows visitors to get to know the residents, their eating habits, their habitat or the place where they live in the wild.