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Plaine Sahel-Soudan où cohabitent différentes espèces dont le troupeau des girafes © MNHN - F-G Grandin

Sahel-Sudan biozone

The Sahel-Sudan biozone covers 4.5 hectares and is the largest in the park. It is home to large mammals such as the white rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum), Grévy’s zebra (Equus grevyi), and the West African lion (Panthera leo).

Experience the African savanna

As you make your way through this biozone, you pass from one habitat to the next, from the wooded savanna to the delta, the shrublands and the open grassland. Vibrant grasses, thorny bushes and rip-raps recreate the atmosphere of the savanna. This plain is home to large groups of mammals, such as giraffes, Grévy’s zebras and West African lions.

The mammals in this biozone are part of in and ex situ conservation programmes. For years the French Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle has participated in reintroduction programmes for the scimitar-horned oryx (Oryx dammah) and the addax (Addax nasomaculatus), both antelopes with spotted noses which are either extinct or critically endangered in the wild.

The Great Aviary 

In keeping with the imposing size of the Great Rock is a huge aviary over 2,000 m² which you walk through on a wooden pontoon, surrounded by pink flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber roseus), white spoonbills (Platalea alba), Abdim’s storks (Ciconia abdimii) and hundreds of free-flying birds.

The Giraffe House 

The vast golden landscape of the Sahel-Sudan biozone provides the perfect setting for the iconic herd of giraffes at the Parc Zoologique de Paris (Girafa camelopardalis).
Symbolic residents of the zoo, the 16 giraffes remained at the zoo during the renovation project. The male, Benny, the females Agamie, Guenièvre, Aurore, Adeline, Ariane, Adège, Lady, Gaya, Goumie and Riwel- and the youngsters Gatimu, Romy, Uzul, Roy and Djuba have settled into their new living area which has twice as much room as before.

Zèbre de Grevy dans la Biozone Sahel-Soudan © MNHN - F-G Grandin
Girafe d'Afrique de l'Ouest dans la Biozone Sahel-Soudan © MNHN - F-G Grandin
Lion d'Afrique, mâle © MNHN - F-G Grandin
Lion d'Afrique, femelle © MNHN - François Grandin
Jeunes babouins chacma jouant © PlanetNoé - J-L Klein & M-L Hubert
Oryx algazelle © MNHN - F-G Grandin

The animals of the Sahel-Sudan biozone

As you make your way through this biozone, you pass from one habitat to the next, from the wooded savanna to the delta. In the delta zone, you meet the Guinea baboons (Papio papio), the West African giraffes (Giraffa camelopardalis), the lions (Panthera leo), the white rhinoceros (Ceratherium simum) and The Grévy’s zebras (Equus grevyi). The Greater flamingos (Phoenicopterus roseus), the Abdim's stork (Ciconia abdimii) sit along the river.

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