|Le parc est ouvert de 10h à 18h*|
*Selon affluence l'ouverture du Parc peut être prolongée. Les caisses ferment 1h avant la fermeture du parc. Suivant conditions climatiques, le Parc Cigoland se réserve le droit de modifier l’ouverture ou la fermeture des attractions ou du parc sans donner droit à réduction ou remboursement.
White storks are the emblems of Alsace, and are special guests at Cigoland park. The individuals you see roaming freely have decided to live here because they like it so much. The Park is home to over 120 white storks. These magnificent birds with their white bodies, black wings and red beaks were on the verge of disappearing from our skies. They were still very numerous in 1947 (approximately 180 pairs), but populations gradually declined, mainly because of the degradation and drying up of the habitat, till there were only 9 pairs in 1974. Founded in 1974, Cigoland park was principally a leisure park for families, but it soon became aware of the need for stork conservation. Breeding aviaries were put in place along with many nests, in order to create new homes for migrating storks. Today, white storks have been saved, but the park continues to be one of their preferred breeding grounds. White storks are the stars of Cigoland!
Ponies are little horses with their own character. The ponies in Cigoland have been given a very comfortable space. You will often see them gallop or caper about. They are intelligent and friendly, and will not be afraid to come to you for a stroke. They are certainly at their 'friendliest' at mealtimes, when they come to their troughs next to the Chez Noody snack bar and the picnic area. But please do not feed them! Don't get taken in by their starvation act!
The goats are close relations of ibex and chamois, and are just as spectacularly nimble. Their origins are remote, as they come from Senegal and Tibet. The difficult living conditions in those regions (hostile climate, scare food) have resulted in their small size. They are bold, stubborn and endearing, and will always come begging for a few pats or for food (which is of course not to be given).
The cockerels and hens of Alsace, which can be black, golden, Andalusian blue or harlequin, and the white and pied geese of Alsace are some of the excellent French poultry breeds, which are unfortunately becoming increasingly rare. They need plenty of space, particularly Alsace hens, who are very active. They readily wander away from the henhouse, and you are sure to meet one!
The only wild population of fallow deer in France can be found in Alsace, in the Illwald forest near Sélestat (some 400 pairs). They are part of the heritage of Alsace. This fairy tale animal likes deciduous forests and coppices, and can also be found in meadows and clearings. If you want to see them in Cigoland, you will need to be patient and stay very quiet, as fallow deer are timid creatures. But the sight will be well worth it!!
Llamas live mostly in South America. These domestic camelids have been reared in Bolivia, Peru, Argentina and Chile for over 4000 years, like cattle have been in our regions. They are used as beasts of burden, and their fur and meat are very valuable. However, they cannot be ridden. For instance, did you know that the way they spit depends on how displeased they are? If they are slightly unhappy, they eject saliva in a spray, but if they are really angry, they spit a greenish liquid made up of decomposing plant material straight from their stomachs. Ugh!!! Don't irritate them!
Did you know that mummy swan sometimes carries her babies on her back? In Cigoland, you will get a change to discover many aspects of this great white bird, which everyone thinks they know, but still has a few surprises. In May and June, when the cygnets hatch, the families are a sight to be seen!
This bird comes from very distant lands, the grasslands and marshes of Africa (South of the Sahara). They nest close to sources of water, and so you will naturally find them near water in Cigoland. As you visit the aviaries or ride a jalopy, you will see some magnificently coloured and majestic specimens. With a bit of luck, you may even hear their cry, which can easily be mistaken for the sound of a trumpet.
Mallards, ruddy shelducks, common shelducks, widgeons, red-crested pochards, pintails and marbled ducks are some of the species of duck from different continents that live near the water features and waterfalls in the park. Other wild species also live here, such as barnacle geese, with their black-and-white body and high figure. Wild Egyptian geese (protected species) from faraway lands have chosen to come to Cigoland.