It’s a shame that I only made this post now, as we had been a few times there and it’s definitely one of the gems in the area. But better late than never, right?
I’ll cover both the Servion Zoo and Tropiquarium in this post, as they are located one next to the other and offer combined tickets.
Servion zoo surpassed my expectations. We love zoos, and have been to many larger ones in many parts of the world, so that I was pleasantly surprised to see the range of animals in this “small” zoo.
As you can see in the photos, there were many wild animals. They live in large cages, but it’s easy to spot them. Of course, there were even more animals that didn’t make it to the photos in this blog.
Everyday except Monday and Friday, you can see the feeding of the animals. However, I wasn’t too impressed by this as we only got to watch the meat being thrown close to the animal. I expected a bit of talk by the zoo keeper, like explaining what the animal eats, how many kg per day, how they eat in the wild, etc. I think it will be very interesting for the kids to hear.
As you can see from the photos, we were there both in end of winter as well as in the middle of summer. That is one of the best thing this zoo offers: they open EVERYDAY of the year. Yup, including Christmas and New Year!
Beside the wild animals, there was also farm animals area with chicken, ponies, rabbits, guinea pigs, etc. It’s guaranteed to satisfy all visitors – little and big!
For lunch and snack time, you can count on their restaurant. The menu and prices were OK. They also have small toys. In summer they opened the large terrace, sheltered from the sun by trees. One word: Wonderful.
You can also bring a picnic, sit on the grass area or use one of of the tables around the zoo.
And finally, their playground is really fun. They have ones for the littlest as well as the bigger kids. Honestly, the playground was always one of the big hits in this zoo for my kids!
As mentioned above, the Tropiquarium is located right next to the Zoo, but they have different entrance and tickets. There is a combined ticket to visit both at the same day, but if you’re coming with small kids, I think one of them should already be sufficient in a single visit.
The Tropiquarium hosted different types of animals vs the zoo. Here you’ll find amphibian, reptiles, and birds. The amphibian and reptiles are to be observed indoor, and the room temperature is always warm (25°C), making this area of Tropiquarium a great place to go with kids on rainy/snowy/cold days.
Obviosuly the penguins (“manchot” in French, not “pingouin“) are also located indoor. But the other birds are mostly outdoor. You also have to step outside to reach the penguin building so that when coming on a rainy/snowy/cold days, keep the rain coat or snow suit with you.
We watched the feeding of the penguins, and my impression from the feeding at the zoo remains. I wish they could offer a bit more than just throwing the fishes. FYI, on Wednesday afternoon they feed the crocodiles!
There is also a small restaurant, however menu is limited. There is a large terrace and a playground close to it. As the zoo, the Tropiquarium also opens EVERYDAY.
We found both Servion Zoo and the Tropiquarium fun and highly recommend them. Tickets are cheap (CHF5-10) and they often handed you discount coupons to be used for next visits (or to visit other parks). If you like it too and think you’ll visit them often, you can consider an annual card.
The Zoo and Tropiquarium are only around 15 minutes by car from Lausanne, and for those without cars the buses run frequently. It’s TL bus #65 (direction Mézières VD) from Lausanne-La Sallaz (approx. 30 min ride, stop at “Servion Zoo”). For those of you located between Palézieux-Payerne, can take the train to Châtillens and hop on Postbus #85 (12 min ride with guaranteed connection). Both buses stop directly in front of the Tropiquarium.