Fauverie du Faron, a meeting with Chapter Animals

Chapter Animals went during the month of August to the Faron forest. Criticized for many years, many associations and foundations of protection have, in the past, asked for its closure. In 2017, the wilderness assured us that accommodations would be made for the animals, but what is it really?




The Faron's forest has long been talked about for the living conditions of the animals that populate this place. Chapter Animals had already made contact with the owner of the premises for the first time in 2 017. The latter told us that many works were going to be done to enlarge the animal enclosures and ensure a minimum of comfort. Until now, the wilderness, considered a breeding center, had not bothered to provide real pens for their residents and the photos on social networks proved it. The most shocking? Probably bears, in their tiny cage, no development or a black panther in a ridiculously small pen forced the DDPP Var to move to ask the forest to review the size of the latter, which did not correspond at all to the needs of the animal.

Between sales of animals to professionals (bears), to individuals (puma), training big cats for circus and trainers and exchange with zoos (baboons) to acquire new species, the forest never really has benefited from good publicity vis-à-vis the protectors of the animal cause. But what about in 2019? Two years after the first exchanges, has progress been made? Does the breeding center finally have pens worthy enough to receive these large carnivores?

Our survey conducted in August 2019 shows that many improvements have been made in recent years. Although the cages are far too small for the animals and the enrichment of some of them still leaves something to be desired, there has been real progress. However, quite ridiculous, most enclosures - and this is particularly shocking for that of baboons - are entitled to their natural environment ... Painted in the bottom of their pens.

In addition, for a breeding center, a good part of the species live alone (wolf, jaguars, serval). We were able to exchange with one of the careful of the center that highlights us that it is not a zoo, strictly speaking, but a breeding center. To this, she tells us that some of the individuals are old, like Alien the black jaguar or Radja the panther of love, and that there is no point in mixing them with younger individuals because they will not happen again. Others simply do not want more partners, which is the case of the she-wolf Geva, or are waiting to transfer to other zoos like the lioness Gabriella.

But our visit will not have been futile. Thanks to this, and to our various exchanges with the park, the director of the establishment accepted a meeting with our association for the month of September. An excellent start! We will discuss the future of the forest, animals present and their well-being.