With its rich tropical biomes and geographic isolation, New Caledonia is home to thousands of unique plant and animal species. It is one of the world’s biodiveristy hotspots, meaning that it’s especially rich in endemic species, or those found nowhere else in the world.
The Parc Zoologique et Forestier Michel Corbasson (Zoological and Forest Park) in Nouméa is the perfect place to get a feel for the endemic flora and fauna of this island nation in the South Pacific. Enjoy a stroll through the endemic species section of the park to get up close and personal with New Caledonian crows, giant geckos, goliath imperial pigeons and the flightless kagu.
Walking through the kagu enclosure is a special experience—the birds are curious and will follow visitors around the boardwalk, carefully inspecting them. Many of the animal enclosures also list feeding times, giving you a chance to see park staff interact with the animals, and talk about the animals and their plight (many are endangered).
The park has trails catering to a variety of interests including a quiet walk through a native forest where, if you’re lucky, you’ll see colorful birds and butterflies.
Know Before You Go
There is a small café at the entrance to the park where you can purchase a variety of sandwiches and salads to enjoy on the picnic benches amongst the peacocks. Make sure to bring cash as credit cards aren’t accepted at either the café or park entrance.