Animal well-being and respect for the environment
A committed park
The PAL is a family park, committed to the conservation of biodiversity with its breeding programs, the actions of the Le PAL Nature Foundation around the world, its sustainable tourism approach and raising public awareness of respect for the environment.
Besides its recreational role, the zoo is the perfect place to help people understand, love and respect animals, and build public awareness of the problem of endangered species. At Le PAL, you can attend educational afternoon feeding sessions, which are presented by the animals' keepers. They will answer all your questions during these events. The educational team increasingly proposes Animal Workshops for nursery and primary schools.
The zoo is also a genetic reservoir used to save species in danger of disappearing in their natural habitat. International scientific bodies control the reproduction of rare species in zoos. At times it is possible to reintroduce species raised in captivity into the wild. In this way zoos play an active role in protecting endangered species. At Le PAL several species benefit from these European Endangered Species Programmes (EEP) set up by the EAZA (European Association of Zoos and Aquariums). Each of these programmes is supervised by a coordinator chosen for his or her expertise.
The aim is to encourage the reproduction of each of these species while at the same time avoiding in-breeding. The zoos taking part in these programmes submit any request to move animals to the coordinator for approval. Depending on the interest of the species, the coordinator may accept and facilitate the move or else recommend another destination or quite simply advise against it. When the conditions in the species' country of origin permit, the reproduction programme may end up reintroducing certain animals into their natural habitat.
Le PAL participates in EEP involving the following species: Bush dog, Chimpanzee, Asian elephant, Gelada, Lar gibbon, Giraffe, Asiatic lion, African wild dog, African penguins, Mandrill, Scimitar oryx, Red panda, Dalmatian pelicans, White-tailed eagle, Squirrel monkey, Brazilian tapir, Sumatran tiger and the Grévy's zebra.
The third function of a zoo is to further scientific knowledge, particularly when it comes to behaviour, reproduction and veterinary medicine.
a responsible and committed company
As a responsible company that cares about reducing the impact of its activity on the environment, Le PAL has been committed to a Green Globe environmental initiative since April 2007. This year, Le PAL won Green Globe Platinium in recognition of the actions it has implemented towards improving its environmental and social management. It is France's top leisure park and one of the only ones of its kind in Europe to have won this award.
Organization of the initiative
The sustainable development approach is fully integrated into the company's decision-making circuit, including at its highest level by the PAL Management. The steering committee, made up of managers from each department, sets the objectives and guidelines for the approach, validates the sustainable development policy and the actions to come, thereby guaranteeing continuous improvement in our performance.
The first step in the process consisted in making an environmental and social inventory of the park in order to assess the impact of its activity. Following this diagnosis and in consultation with the steering committee, a very demanding methodology was implemented to define progress objectives, establish an action program and allow its monitoring in order to meet the requirements of the Green Globe reference system. PAL obtained Green Globe certification for the first time on October 25, 2010. A new audit is carried out each year to validate the company's performance and the progress made.
Instruments and fundamentals of the sustainable development policy
To harmonize all our work, we consolidate instruments to monitor past and future actions (with precise indicators), while updating specific procedures and policies at the same time:
- Green management of parks and waste (composting, thermal weed-killer)
- Green advertising (reasonable consumption of prospectuses, printing on recycled paper, using vegetable-based ink)
- Green purchasing, a commitment by the different buyers to increase the annual share of environmentally responsible products in their purchasing (cleaning products, buying fruit and vegetables grown locally)
- Green building and ecodesign of projects (using environmentally responsible material, installing wood heating, recycling rainwater, local contractors)
- Creating FONDATION Le PAL NATURE to help preserve biodiversity in France and abroad
- Encouraging the general public and staff to sort waste