Parc des Mamelles
Parc des Mamelles is a zoological and botanical park located in Basse-Terre Island on “La Traversée” road. The site which is part of the National park of Guadeloupe Archipelago, is dedicated to the preservation of various species of rare or threatened animals.
With over 80 species coming from West Indies and French Guiana, the park shelters up to 450 animals including mammals, birds, reptiles and arthropods.
The animals live in a luxurious environment composed of multiple botanical species. You will discover various trees, flowers and plants usually inaccessible in Guadeloupe Archipelago territory.
A typical day in Parc des Mamelles
There is so much to explore when visiting Parc des Mamelles. You will need at least two hours to fully enjoy the park. Here is a sneak peek of what you will be able to see.
The tropical Botanic Garden
As I mentioned earlier, Parc des Mamelles will give you the possibility to discover the most beautiful and rare flowers as well as tropical plants.
Here are some flowers and plants you will be able to see in the park: “Alpinia”, “Anthurium”, red or yellow “Balisier” , Tree fern, “Oiseau du paradis” and “Rose de porcelaine”.
The distinctive characteristic of Parc des Mamelles is the access to the Canopy. There is a footbridge hung 20 metres high on the top of the trees. The view from the top will allow you to admire the beauty and richness of the zoological and botanical park.
West Indian wild animals
The stars of the park are the raccoons. Other West Indian wild animals include: Bats and Lesser Antillean Iguanas.
Guianese wild animals
The protection of the Guianese wildlife is as important as the West Indian one in Parc des Mamelles. Over the years, the park have welcomed Guianese species such as Jaguars, ocelot, big and smaller parrots and different kind of monkeys.
The Insectary focuses on the smallest species such as the insects and reptiles. Here is a list of those living there: Stick insects, scorpions and centipedes.
Parc des Mamelles extends over 4 hectares of rainforest, making it a quite large green space. If you want to celebrate your child birthday, it is totally possible as the park has some workshops and activities on offer for this special occasion. The park is open every day from 9am to 6pm.