ヌメア森林公園は、正式名称を「ミッシェル・コルバッソン動植物森林公園」といいます。ヌメア市内から車で15分ほど。ヌメア市街と青いラグーン、本島の山脈をぐるりと見渡せる丘(高さ400m)の敷地内にあります。

入口から入場料を払って公園の門をくぐると、長いフランボワイヤンの並木道があり、花の季節(11月~2月)はとてもきれいです。やがて、動物園と植物園の二つに道が分かれ、前者は主に珍しい鳥類(カグー、ウベアインコ、ノトゥーなど)、後者は南国特有の植物が中心です。人に馴れた孔雀が放し飼いされていて、華麗に羽を広げた孔雀と記念写真を並んでとることも可能です。

 

カグーはニューカレドニアの国鳥で、保護されている世界の貴重動物のひとつです。世界中でもわずかな動物園でしか飼育されておらず、日本では横浜市立野毛山動物園や上野動物園など、ごく一部でだけで飼育されています。横浜市立動物園とヌメア自然公園は現在も活発に交流が行われています。

A must-see

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  • cagou in The Nouméa zoological and forest park

    Cagous and giant geckos

    Most of the 110 bird species in the park are endemic to New Caledonia. Amongst them we can find the renowned cagou, the country’s emblematic bird, the notou, considered the most intelligent pigeon species, the Ouvéa horned parakeet or the Caledonian crow. Other remarkable species (which are not endemic) are worth a visit, including birds of prey and several species of ducks and parakeets. Or more exotic species such as peacocks roam freely through the park! The site is a truly refreshing haven of tranquility.

    Lastly, the “international” species in the park allow Caledonians to admire birds from other continents: blue peacocks, pink flamingos, red ibises, swans pelicans...etc.

  • reptiles in the Nouméa zoological and forest park

    From reptiles to flying foxes

    The reptiles (including the famous “giant” geckos) and flying foxes, among which 6 out of the nine species are endemic to New Caledonia, add to the collection, as well as a few monkey species (capuchins and   baboons), who are really popular among children.

  • A botanical garden

    A botanical garden to preserve the rarest endemic species

    The world of plants is also showcased at the park: an educational forest walk was created for this purpose in 2003, as well as some beautiful plantations (Araucariaceae, maquis minier and other collections of exotic plants, such as palms and cacti).
    Children can also have access to the mini pedagogical farm which displays more familiar species such as hens, donkeys, pigs, rabbits...etc.
    Lastly, the Nature House, located at the entrance of the park, displays samples of rocks forming the Caledonian soil, as well as a history of the local fauna and flora.

  • The Nouméa zoological and forest park

    A must do

    With 65,000 visitors on average, the Forest Park is one of the most visited locations in Nouméa. Caledonians and tourists are particularly fond of this peaceful haven whose pedestrian trails provide natural scenery in the heart of the city. The park’s range of services is completed by leisure infrastructures such as playing fields and picnic areas.
    Many Caledonians visit it on Sundays for a pleasant walk surrounded by over 600 animals, including lizards, birds and even monkeys!