-  1998: In the middle of nature, Françoise MALIRACH created THE VALLEY OF THE TORTOISES wildlife park in SORÈDE (Pyrénées-Orientales).

The idea originated from: 

  1.  The physical presence of TORTOISES in the local natural wilderness near SORÈDE, (classified as a NATURA 2000 protected area).

  2. The attachment of the local people to tortoises in their very own gardens.

  3. The fascinating book, THE PLIOCENE ANIMALS OF ROUSSILLON, written in 1890, which chronicles the extraordinary discovery of numerous fossils of GIANT TORTOISES and other animals in the region of the Eastern Pyrenees. The scientific conclusion: 200 million years ago, groups of giant tortoises lived where Perpignan is located today.

  4. Many varieties of tortoise exist throughout numerous sites in Catalonia (on both sides of the border).

  5. The presence in GUARRIGUELLA and ESPOLLA of the Alberes Tortoise Reproduction Centre created by the Catalan Ministry of the Environment as the Alberes Natural Site of National Interest

THE VALLEY OF THE TORTOISES has persevered and worked diligently to bring the world of tortoises to the eyes of the public.




France 3 report on 27-28 February 2014:


France Inter report on 27 February 2014 at 7.30 am (National):


Radio France Bleu Roussillon report on 27 February 2014: The Eggs of the Giant Seychelles Tortoises:


L’Independent report on Sunday 23 February 2014, Eggs of the Giant Tortoises:,1851301.php 


Article by in February 2014 - Eggs of the Giant Tortoises of the Seychelles:


 Television coverage by FR3 Midi from early 2013:


L'Independent article from 2013, The extreme rescue of Sophie, the Giant Seychelles Tortoise:,155918.php


Television coverage on the park and animals by D8 on 8 November 2012: .


Article from 2012 on a new paradigm, Eggs of Giant Tortoises:


 Article by L’Independent on 19 July 2012, Weighing of Giant Tortoises:


Audio GPS report on the whole of the par:


Article from June 2000 in Le Point, Francoise Malirach, founder of ‘The Valley of Tortoises’ wildlife park:


Article by La Dépêche on 26 July 2000, titled "Opening of a Wildlife Park Specialising in Tortoises:







Here are the two pages of an article written by German visitors whose magazine covers wildlife parks.


Article begegnung Zoo (p1)   Article begegnung Zoo (p2)