Pictures from the Casela Nature & Leisure Park, in the West of Mauritius: crowned cranes, blue peafowl and black swan.
Crowned Cranes (Balearica pavonina) at the Casela Nature & Leisure Park, in the West of Mauritius.
The Casela Nature & Leisure Park is a 14 ha zoological garden located in Cascavelle, near the tourist resort of Flic en Flac, in the West of Mauritius.
The Casela Park opened in 1979. Since then, it has considerably expanded its activities. The traditional part of the zoo features over 140 species of birds - such as the Mauritius kestrel (Falco punctatus), the pink pigeon (Nesoenas mayeri) and various parrots -, turtles, monkeys, zebras, tilapias and a few other animal species.
With an additional entrance fee, you may watch lions, cheetahs and tigers with different kinds of safaris of various durations. "Walks with lions" are carried out daily during the early mornings and late afternoons. They take place on the banks of the Rivière du Rempart. "Interactions with the lions" are carried out from 9 am to 5 pm. They allow you to discover the strength of the lions and the agility of the cheetah. The visitors are required to be 15 or more old and/or over 1.5 m tall.
The park has exotic flora and old trees such as ebony trees as well as a large restaurant. From the Casela Park, you have panoramic views over the adjacent valley, la vallée du Rempart, to the Flic en Flac coast.
For these reasons, the zoo attracts lots of tourists with or without children, school groups and Mauritian families, especially on weekends when the Mauritian take advantage of a reduced entrance fee. Many young Mauritian people are anxious to approach wild animals despite the relatively high prices for the visit.
The Casela Nature & Leisure Park offers also zipline course, quad, segway, and buggy tours, photo safaris and suspension bridge walks. It organizes events such as theme night or team building day for groups and companies. All told, the estate covers 45 ha.
Other animal parks are available in Mauritius. The Vanille Réserve des Mascareignes is located south of the island. It is specialized in crocodiles, turtles, insects, and some other species. In Wolmar (Flic en Flac), the Wolmar Nature Reserve gives you the opportunity to walk or bike in a 700 ha estate where you can discover wild boars and deer and learn about the production of charcoal.
Blue Peafowl (Pavo cristatus) at the Nature & Leisure Park, in the West of Mauritius.
Black Swan (Cygnus atratus) at the Casela Nature & Leisure Park, in the West of Mauritius.
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