The park was created in 1985, and its name honors the old vine cultivated in the valley where the reserve of 5 hectares is located
The world has an extraordinary diversity of plant and animal species. Unfortunately, many of these are being pushed to extinction as a result of forest clearing, hunting and the introduction by man of invasive species to areas of the world to which they do not belong.
Many of these species can now only be saved through efforts to protect their habitat, captive breeding for later reintroduction into the wild and farming to reduce demand for wild-caught animals. La Vanille Nature Park is involved in all three of these conservation areas.
In addition to the captive breeding programmes in place at La Vanille for a number of threatened species, and the establishment of the François Leguat Giant Tortoise and Cave Reserve in Rodrigues, La Vanille is also involved in other conservation projects in Mauritius (Ebony Forest Chamarel and La Vallée de l'Est) and Madagascar (Beanka and Sahafina).
Stroll through a lush green setting, where palm trees and giant bamboo provide shade to the hundreds of Nile crocodiles that are raised in the park.
Take a walk on the wild side amongst our huge herd of Aldabra giant tortoises living in Semi-liberty, where you can meet Domino, the centenarian, who tips the scale at 275 kgs. A souvenir photo is a must in this site where hundreds of the giant are raised. La Vanille Nature Park has the largest captive herd of Aldabra tortoises in the world. Discover an exuberant fauna with iguanas, monkeys, lemurs, deer, wild boar, mongoose, Japanese carp, Mauritian bats, Radiata Tortoises, fresh water turtles, geckos, eels, chameleons and more.
The Aquarium of La Vanille Nature Park offers you the opportunity to discover certain aquatic species. You can admire the iguanas basking in the sun on the banks of the pond, the turtles and the crocodiles swimming together with the fish.
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