Horaires des spectacles :
Du 2 novembre 2015 au 5 février 2016:
- Les 7,8 et 11 novembre : 1 spectacle à 14h30.
- Le 22 novembre : 1 spectacle à 16h30.
- Les 28 et 29 novembre : 1 spectacle à 14h30.
- Les 5,6,12,13 et 20 décembre : 1 spectacle à 14h30.
- Le 19 décembre : 1 spectacle à 15h.
Du samedi 6 février au dimanche 24 mars 2016:
- Du lundi au vendredi : 1 spectacle tous les jours à 14h30
- Les samedis et dimanches; selon l'affluence: 1 spectacle à 14h30 ou 2 spectacles à 11h30 et 14h30
Du vendredi 25 mars au 13 novembre 2016:
- De 1 à 3 spectacles par jour selon l'affluence : les horaires sont affichés chaque matin aux guichets d'entrée et à l'intérieur du zoo
After two years of building work, preparation and training with the tigers, Amneville Zoo will open its fabulous new ‘TIGERWORLD’ on the 11th April 2015. It is a breath-taking show in a fantastic environment with spectacular décor, digital projections and special effects. This is a tribute to one of the most beautiful animals in the world, which is today threatened by extinction.
The creators and the leaders of the project
Rémy FLACHAIRE. Visitors to Amneville Zoo know him already as they have been able to admire him for 5 years as the falconer on horseback. After having trained horses and eagles, Remy decided to turn to the wild cats which have always fascinated him. After many placements and 15 months of training with the tigers, Remy has shown himself to be very talented; at 26 years old he is currently one of the youngest animal trainers in Amneville.
Michel LOUIS' vocation and desire to become a zoologist was born at the age of 4 when he visited the animals in a large circus. He is the managing director of Amneville Zoo, which he created in 1986 and has now become a notable European Zoo. Passionate about big cats, Michel was first involved in training tigers and lions during his youth and today his dream of returning into the cage has come true.
TIGERWORLD : a show like no other in the world
The room appears to be a huge cave which shelters a Khmer temple and opens under the mountain in the heart of the jungle. 53 metres in diameter, heated in winter and cooled in summer, with 2000 individual transparent-backed seats to ensure total visibility. Here, guests have the chance to glimpse into a cave adorned with art, under waterfalls which spring from a cliff of 16 metres.
The show begins with an educational film which is shown on a 43-metre screen. The voice of the narrator then gives way to a man, alone amongst 9 Bengal tigers (7 classic and 2 white). A magnificent demonstration of gentle training will show off the animal’s beauty and physical capabilities. Certain sequences, rarely attempted with tigers, demonstrate the complicity between the tigers and the trainer.
Huge technical and artistic resources also accompany the show. To this day, no-one had dared enter into a large group of tigers in such a spectacular environment, a universe where poetry is mixed with the violence of those unleashed elements. TIGERWORLD makes us dream of a world where man, instead of destroying biodiversity, would start a dialogue with the wild cats and all the forces of nature.
A ‘Four Star’ accommodation for the wild cats
Outside of the shows and the training sessions, each tiger has a huge indoor space which is well ventilated and maintained at a temperature of 10 degrees Celcius. The tigers spend several hours per day in the parks outside which cover 600m2 and comprises both platforms and a pool. After each show, the visitors can go and see the tigers’ outside parks.
In the zoo, the animal lives in security, receives healthy food in abundance, is kept sheltered from storms or extreme weather, is vaccinated and cared for in case of illness. This easy life allows the animal to live a longer and better life than in the wild. To avoid the animal getting bored, zoos have techniques of ‘behavioural enrichment’ such as hiding the food, offering toys, changing the décor periodically. Training in complicity with the human provides the animal with real activity and motivation; it is extremely beneficial to the animals’ psyche and their well-being. It is in fact the best of the behavioural “enrichments”.
Our training methods (by Michel Louis)
Three of our tigers were born at Amneville Zoo and were raised being bottle-fed by Remy. The others, born in zoos or circuses, arrived between the ages of 3 to 12 months old. Before beginning their ‘proper’ training, it is necessary to create a bond of confidence with each tiger. They are spoken to a lot, the voice of the trainer reassures them and they appreciate it. In spite of their power, tigers are quite fearful and need to be persuaded that in the presence of their trainer nothing can happen to them.
The training itself begins when the animal is at least a year old. A lot of time, patience and love are needed. Haste, irritation and most especially brutality are obviously prohibited. I don’t think that it is possible to train tigers using brutality because the tiger would be a ticking time-bomb; tigers have an excellent memory and hold a grudge! We trained the tigers with the help of a master in this discipline, Mr William Vos, without any constraints and in a completely gentle manner and complicity with the tigers. The tigers do not perceive things in the same way as us and we must adapt to them, not the opposite.
The trainer keeps in hand a bamboo rod/stalk which serves to guide the tiger and allows him to offer a treat whilst maintaining a safe distance. He attracts the animal’s attention and makes him understand the direction to follow. Neither the whip nor the rod have a function of hitting the animal! They will guide and lead. To help the tigers understand what is expected of them both gestures and voice are used, in addition to small pieces of beef which attract them in the right direction and serve as a reward. This means that the tigers never eat before a training sessions or a show; in the evening each tiger receives its ration of meat, irrespective of whether performance in training was satisfactory or not. If a tiger does not understand what is expected, an effort must be made to leave training on a positive note and start again the next day.
Prudence is a vital quality for a tiger trainer for, even when tamed, tigers remain a super-predator with extremely quick reactions. An affectionate animal, which accepts physical contact with its trainer, can be the most dangerous if it forgets to control its power and its terrible weapons of its teeth and its claws. Tigers are certainly not domesticated pets!
An educational role
Through TIGERWORLD, Remy and Michel have the ambition of making the visitors aware of the beauty of the tiger, as well as the ecological problems which are contributing to its disappearance. They wish to make the tiger a symbol in order to inform the public about the conservation of biodiversity, the fight against trafficking and the destruction of natural habitats. Education will be omnipresent; beautiful educational areas will be dedicated to the biology of the tiger and to its conservation. An adventure park will allow children to set off on some prehistoric research of the “Sabre tooth tiger”. A film will explain the training method.
Big intentions for conservation of the tiger
Amongst all the parks in Europe, Amneville Zoo is one of the most heavily involved in the conservation of biodiversity, contributing over 500,000Euros every year to support over 20 programmes all over the world.
Amneville Zoo finances 4 tiger conservation programmes – in the “Suklapanta” reserve (in south-eastern Nepal), in Arunchal Pradesh (north-east India), National Park of the Sundarbans in Bangladesh, and in Vietnam. A minimum of 100,000 Euros is distributed every year between these 4 programmes, making Amneville the principal financial support for tiger conservation out of all the zoos in the world.
This action is led in partnership with the organisation “AWELY” which follows the programmes on the ground and manages them in collaboration with its partners in each country.