The Puy du Fou has a full role to play in the evolution of the social, environmental and humanitarian fabric through various actions. This position is especially expressed in species conservation programs.
Since its creation, the Puy du Fou has given an important place to the respect of the environment and the preservation of its natural heritage. In order to pursue its commitment, a global approach to sustainable development is implemented every year. It is based on 5 pillars in order to ensure the continuity of the protection of the natural heritage with the enhancement of French and Vendéen history and legend and the preservation of the architectural, cultural and social heritage:
- Animal welfare
Puy du Fou has held the tourism and travel industry’s Green Globe certification since 2012. This international certification covers the three pillars of Corporate Social Responsibility: environmental, economic and social sustainability. Ranked in the top 15 tourist attractions in France, Puy du Fou was the first to be awarded this certification, in recognition of its commitment to sustainable development.
As part of its environmental approach, Puy du Fou promises to respect all legal and regulatory requirements. This is based on 5 main principles:
- To manage our waste by increasing the proportion of waste that is recycled.
- To manage our energy consumption by using new, more energy efficient equipment.
- To conserve water by controlling drinking water use with new, more efficient equipment and also by ensuring the optimal treatment of waste water.
- To protect biodiversity through internal programmes in the park, and also through national and international wildlife and habitat conservation programmes.
- To raise awareness of nature conservation among visitors and employees.
In order to facilitate its commitment to sustainable development, Puy du Fou works with all its teams, partners and suppliers to conserve nature.
PUY DU FOU ESPERANCE
Since its inception, Puy du Fou has supported humanitarian initiatives in France and abroad. For the past 10 years Puy du Fou has therefore supported the AKAMASOA association, funding the construction of dozens of houses for poor families in Madagascar, and regularly sends containers of provisions and material. Created by Father Pedro, the association has developed a humanitarian reintegration project, fighting social exclusion in the most deprived communities in Madagascar.
Puy du Fou Espérance also helps many other charities:
- The Ligue contre le Cancer (cancer research)
- Alexandr Solzhenitsyn’s Les Prisonniers du Goulag foundation
- Doctors without Borders
- Handi Espoir and Perce-Neige (supporting the disabled)
- Anaï Parrainage (working in poor communities in South-East Asia)
- Leucémie Espoir and Prof Jean-Luc Harousseau's ADELMAS (leukemia support and research)
Since the creation of Puy du Fou, Puy du Fou Espérance has contributed more than 3 million euros to humanitarian initiatives.
The majority of Puy du Fou Espérance's donations come from the proceeds of the Puy du Fou France. Visitors and private donors can also contribute.
The Grand Parc of Puy du Fou has been working with the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) since 1993. Since it opened, more than 700,000 euros have been donated to organisations working to protect the most endangered species. In addition, 9 birds born at Puy du Fou have been released into the wild through these programmes.
The Académie de Fauconnerie is involved in the conservation of several endangered species of birds of prey. This is under the auspices of European breeding programmes (EEPs). These programmes were set up to protect animal species and conservation outside of the natural environment of their genetic heritage. The ultimate goal is to reintroduce species to the wild, or to boost wild populations by introducing individuals bred in zoos, mews or aquariums.
The Fondation BioAndina in Argentina
The Fondation BioAndina co-ordinates the breeding programme for the Andean Condor in Argentina and Chile. Puy du Fou has supported the reintroduction programme in the Paileman mountains in Argentina. In 2015, a baby condor born at Puy du Fou in 2014 was even released.
The Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) in South Africa
We support a project studying the White-backed vulture in South Africa. Since 2008, Puy du Fou has supported this project to identify the main causes of death of this species and carry out a census of the population. Falconers from Puy du Fou regularly visit South Africa to take part in the project.
The Vulture Conservation Foundation in France and the Balkans
Puy du Fou took part in the reintroduction of a young bearded vulture called Calcé, who was born at Puy du Fou on 1 April 2007. Calcé was released on the 13 July 2007 in the Hohe Tauern National Park in the Austrian Alps. In addition, 24 griffon vultures left France on 24 April 2012 to be released in Bulgaria.
The French centre for the protection and breeding of Bonelli’s Eagle.
We took part in International Vulture Awareness Day with the slogan “Save the Vultures”
The reintroduction programme for the cinereous vulture
Puy du Fou, working with the LPO bird protection organisation in the PACA region, reintroduced a young cinereous vulture that was born at Puy du Fou on the 7 June 2011. It was released on 15 November 2011 at Rougon in the Gorges du Verdon. In 2014 Puy du Fou released “Monaco”, a cinereous vulture born at the Académie de Fauconnerie in May 2014.
Centre de Soins de la Faune Sauvage de Nantes (Nantes wildlife hospital)
BECOT, an organisation that monitors the movements of golden eagles in the Cévennes region in order to find suitable sites for wind farms.
- More than 700,000 euros have been donated to these conservation charities
- 9 birds born at Puy du Fou have been released into the wild
- In 2015, Puy du Fou released an Andean condor in Argentina.
- More than 1854 birds have been born since the creation of the Falconry Academy