Part of the Museum and focused on teaching, the Zoo highlights the conservation of endangered animal species especially the big cats (lions of Asia, Siberian tigers), primates (marmosets, tamarins, lemurs, gibbons, colobus. .. more than 25 species in total) and birds (thirty aquatic species and tropical).
They also have some stuff I was more familiar with, such as the macropods (kangaroos and wallabies), various species of herbivores and livestock in the Farm Maid .
Around 400 animals (over 70 species) live in spacious enclosures and open vegatated areas.
Fondest memory: However, there's one animal that everyone who visits the citadel never forgets. It's such a shock when you've come to see a masterpiece of Vauban's handiwork that you find yourself walking across a moat style area and there, immediately below you, are the rare and endangered Gelada baboons.
They may be grooming one another, having a squabble or climbing the seemingly unclimbable walls. Whatever they're doing, you'll never forget them and will pause to have a look; I guarantee it.
Favorite thing: After a nice lunch by the river we climbed to the top of the hill overlooking the town. There was a great view of Besancon and the surrounding regions. I also remember there was a Castle at the top of this hill but as the entrance fee was 30F and we were still poor students, we had to forgo a visit. Next time!
Geography of Franche-Comté:
Situated in the central Europe
at the river Saône
at the Jura Mountains
The important towns of Franche-Comté:
Besançon (Capital of Franche-Comté)
The Franche-Comté Region is the region where there is the most number of trees, in other words, greenery in France. Almost all the 'Boites des Fromages' Cheese boxes are made and produced in this region. There is also a large number of forests and parks here.
Go yatching in Summer time. The DOUBS river, the Rhône au Rhin, and especially the Saône river is a great adventure by 320 km of navigation! Cool. :)
Spécialités de la région Franche-Comté
Gastronomy in Franch-County
One cannot visit Franche-Comté without tasting the delicious Cheese of the region which are: le Comté, Le Mont D'or, le Gex, La Cancoillote and le Morbier. They are all so good!
Do not miss the white wines of JURA too! Taste also the sausage of Morteau. Saucisse de Morteau, spécialité Franc-Comtoise!! MMmm c'est vachement bon!
Favorite thing: See the arc of victory in besançon-La Porte Noire. This was a symbol of victory and it was constructed by the romans in the 2nd Century. La prte noire est une symbol de la victoire qui a été construit par les Romains du 2ème siècle:)
Favorite thing: Take a walk along the DOUBS river. It's really beautiful, even if it's winter. The Franch-County region has the most trees in France.It's Green n it's good for the eyes!C'est vraiment vachement sympa!
Favorite thing: Just walk. Walk around the city with thoses pedestrians street only. The atmosphere is very relax there and it seems that everybody is on vacation. You can walk all around the city by follow the doubs ; it's so beautiful.
Until I collect my thoughts and expand more here, you must visit the following :
-the lion of Belfort
-Cirque de Baume (not a real circus)
-La Source de la Loue
-Les Cascades du Hérisson
Fondest memory: In Besancon i went to a linguistic school where there were many international students.We used to go Le Huit Septembre where there are cafes and bars.