La Vallée des Singes is a primate research centre in Romagne near Blanzay in France. When visiting the rule is the animals can come to you, but you can’t go to them. If they want to sit on you or take your camera that is fine. The larger ones live behind moats, the smaller ones are free to run up to you.
Because of the layout and close proximity of the animals it is an amazing place for photography. We had a young child with us when we last visited. It was very hot and I didn’t take a long lens with me. I made do with my 24-85mm and a Kenko 2x converter. I have Nikon converters, however the Kenko is more compact and works well. As you can see from the images below, you do not need a very longer lens to get up close.
As well as Apes and Monkeys there are Goats, Pigs, Lemurs, Peacocks and believe it or not, Robot lawn mowers. There are regular feedings which are timed so they don’t all happen together, many talks, a café, restaurant and play areas.
Because La vallée des singes is a research centre, not just a Zoo, opening times vary. Opening days for 2018 are 17th February to 4th November and it is closed for the winter period.