The Animals and Fauna that you can see in Chamonix and the Alps


To find out more about this stunning valley, exploring the Chamonix Animals and Nature, visit one of the zoos or nature reserves.

Here you can find a variety of plant and animal life that you might not otherwise see.

Chamois in Chamonix, one of the most carismatic animals in the Alps
Dears in Chamonix Mont-Blanc
Fox, you can see some foxes all over the Chamonix Valley
Marmots, you can see them in the summer when you go into the mountains
The alpine wildlife is really amazing
The Impressive Ibex with its horns up to 1 meter long
Mouflon male adorned with thick and heavy horns

Merlet Animal Park

From Les Houches, cross the river and take the road up to this park in Le Coupeau at 1562m. The Parc Animalier de Merlet is a park with mountain animals moving freely. It is not a zoo.

An opportunity to see deer, chamois, bouquetins, marmots, llamas and more. Picnics and dogs are forbidden.

See our dedicated Merlet Animal Park page to find routes, prices and opening times.

Saint-Bernard Breeding Center

At the "Elevage de Saint-Bernard aux Houches," between Servoz and Les Houches, at the Aire de la Fontaine exit, come see the breeding centre for St. Bernard dogs. Excursions last half an hour.

Open Schedule:

Everyday except Sundays and Monday mornings
July / August / school holidays: 10am -11.30am / 2.30pm - 6pm
Other periods: 2pm - 5.30pm

Entrance Fee:

Adults: 4.30 Euros.
Children: 5 - 12 Euros.
Group prices from 15 people.

More Information:

La Fontaine
+33 (0)4 50 47 23 60

Aiguilles Rouges Nature Reserve

The entrance is on the Col des Montets between Argentière and Le Buet.

The nature reserve extends from 1200m at Argentière, to 2965m at the summit of the Belvédère.

A large diversity of plant and animal life is easily accessible here.

Open Schedule:

From June to mid-September.
9.30am -12.30pm / 1.30pm - 6.30pm

More Information:

Chalet du col des Montets
2906 route des Montets
+33 (0)4 50 54 02 24
+33 (0)4 50 54 08 06

Swiss Alpine Zoo: Les Marécottes

The Alpine Zoo Marécottes is located at 1100 meters altitude, surrounded by forests of pine and larch.

About 35,000m2, you will discover most of our alpine fauna and flora in their natural environment, such as black bears, wolves, lynx, marmots, foxes, owls, deer, chamois, ibex, wild boar and other animals.

Open Schedule:

High season (July-August): 9am to 7.30pm
Low season (November-April): 9am to 5pm
Inter Season: 9am to 6.30pm

More Information:

Case Postale
1922 Salvan, Switzerland
+41 (0)2 77 61 15 62