Discovered

“When the park opened in 1968, this kind of immersion with uncaged animals was innovative. I consider myself to be really fortunate to have inherited such a wonderful place. This also means that I feel a responsibility towards preserving not only this particular corner of paradise, but also, via the park, the entire valley. This is because beyond the fenced-off area you can see here, it’s the whole valley we’re showing visitors. It’s a sort of showcase for people who are setting off for the mountains or a hut: learning how to respect animals, not to get too close or leave the footpath, realising that dogs should not be taken and must always be tied up at mountain huts. It’s the small details that enable visitors to understand the spirit of the mountains. Last but not least, it’s a way of learning about the environment, in order to better appreciate it and protect it. ”

Claire Cachat,
animal park manager

Discovered

Following on from her parents, Claire Cachat has been at the helm of Merlet animal park since 2003. The park is an outstanding natural heritage site, wonderfully preserved and open to the public. Walking through the park is like being offered the mountain as a gift. Are you ready to like it?

Claire Cachat,
animal park manager

Discovered

“I am personally committed to agriculture: we are the last resistance fighters in the Valley. It’s quite an experience seeing the Vaches d’Hérens combat cows and the “Combats de Reines”. It’s steeped in tradition. The Ferme de Montroc in Balmes is great and their tomme cheese is excellent! ”

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Claire Cachat,
animal park manager