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


To find out more about this stunning valley, explore the animals and natural habitats throughout Chamonix by visiting one of the zoos or nature reserves.

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

Chamois, found throughout the Chamonix Valley, Copyright @ Parc De Merlet
Dear in the Chamonix Valley Copyright @ Parc De Merlet
Family of wild Ibex, Copyright @ Parc de Merlet

Merlet Animal Park

To get to Merlet Animal Park from Les Houches, cross the river and take the road up to Le Coupeau. The Parc Animalier de Merlet is not a zoo - the park is a huge open area with the animals roaming free.

This is an opportunity to see deer, chamois, ibex, marmots, llamas and more.

Picnics and dogs are forbidden to protect the wild nature of the animals.

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: from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m & 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Other periods: from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m & from 2 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.

Entrance Fee:

Adult: €5.50
Children (6-14): €3.80
Group prices from 15 people: €4.50 per adult, €3.50 per child.

More Information:

La Fontaine
+33 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 an altitude of 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.
from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. & from 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

More Information:

Chalet du col des Montets
2906 route des Montets
+33 4 50 54 02 24

Swiss Alpine Zoo: Les Marécottes

The Alpine Zoo Marécottes is 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.


From January 1st to 31 December 2022, every day
In winter: from 10 a.m. until the tomb of the night.
In summer: from 9 a.m. until the beginning of the night.
On Mondays and Tuesdays, access to the zoo is through a tourniquet via a cash machine.
Restaurant le Zoo
Hours: From 27 December 2021 to 31 December 2022, every day
In winter: from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
In summer: from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Swimming pool
Closed until June 2022.
Opening from June to mid-September every day from 9am until midnight.

More Information:

Les Combasses 3
1923 Les Marécottes, Switzerland
+41 2 77 61 15 62