Parc Provincial Zoologique et Forestier Michel-Corbasson is Nouméa’s small zoo, set amongst 36ha of dry forest consisting of araucarias and palm trees just a short distance north of the city centre.
What to see at Parc Zoologique et Forestier
The main focus of the Parc Zoologique et Forestier are native species with an emphasis on birdlife. This includes the giant leach gecko, the fruit bat, the New Caledonian crow and the New Caledonia’s national bird, the cagou.
One of the highlights of the park is the Grade Terre aviary, which is home to a wide variety of New Caledonian wildlife.
The park’s Maison de la Nature is a permanent exhibition space with displays about New Caledonia’s biodiversity.
The park is a great place to visit if you’re travelling with children, and even more so on Nature Wednesdays educational programme that is run (in French) for children aged 6–12.
Visiting Parc Zoologique et Forestier
The Parc Zoologique et Forestier is located 4.5km (2¾ miles) northeast of the city centre. It is around a 10-minute from from the city centre and a 15-minute drive from either Anse Vata or Baie des Citrons. You can also get here by bus with route N4 stopping outside the main entrance.
The zoo is closed on Mondays and admission is 600F, 300F for students and visitors aged 17 and younger or 60 and older.
rue Teyssandier de Laubarède, Nouméa 98800, New Caledonia
Bus N4 (stop: Parc Forestier)
Phone +687 27 89 51
Open Jan–Apr Tue–Sun 10.15am–5.45pm; May–Aug Tue–Sun 10.15am–5pm; Sep–Dec Tue–Sun 10.15am–5.45pm
Admission 600F, seniors (60 and over) 300F, children (6–17) 300F, children (under six) free, students 300F, disabled visitors free