Our mission :

Add something to our human knowledge about nature

In Sigean, scientific research has for objective to know as much as possible about the animal world, and every field is concerned : biology, ethology, physiology, pathology…

The vast territories offered to our animals : Chimpanzees, antelopes, zebras, pelicans… reminds their natural habitats. These conditions attract many researchers, especially those specialised in behavioural movements.

Some research is carried out in collaboration with other scientific centres. Research agreements are regularly signed with universities, vetenarian schools or even with private companies.

All work and study carried out at Sigean is agreed with the park’s director. All work and study must be carried out without disturbing or changing the animals behaviour and without distressing the animal.

Some of the studies made at the Réserve Africaine de Sigean

  • Botanical, fecal and behavioral studies on self-medication with plants by captive Chimpanzes Pan troglodytes (2017)

  • Haematological and fecal studies on wild and captive populations of Mediterranean Turtle Mauremys leprosa in Languedoc-Roussillon (2016)

  • SDMA as biomarker to detect early kidney failure in Cheetah Acinonyx jubatus (2016)

  • Studies of the formation and cracking of face scales in young American Alligators Alligator mississippiensis by means of a very high resolution camera (2015)

  • Studies on prevalence and circulation of the Encephalomyocarditis Virus (EMCV) in french zoological gardens (2015)
  • Studies on equine herpesviruses prevalence in captive populations of wild horses in Europe (2015)
  • Monitoring by ringing and re-reading rings of nesting and wintering White Stork Ciconia ciconia populations in the Narbonne area (recurrent)