Thierry Petit, zoo veterinarian, prepares an arrow to anaesthetize an Impala at the family-owned Palmyre Zoo in the 18 hectares (44 acres) pine forest of Les Mathes, in the Charente Maritime region, ... more 
Thierry Petit, zoo veterinarian, prepares an arrow to anaesthetize an Impala at the family-owned Palmyre Zoo in the 18 hectares (44 acres) pine forest of Les Mathes, in the Charente Maritime region, western France, November 20, 2013. The private zoo which opened in 1966 greets between 700-800 thousand visitors a year and is home to some 1700 animals and includes some 170 species. Zoo keepers annually nourish the animals with 250 tons of fodder, 50 tons of meat, 20 tons of fish, 180 tons of fresh fruit and vegetables. Two full-time veterinarians are in charge of the health and well-being of the animals. The Palmyre Zoo participates in 40 European breeding programmes and provides funding for the conservation of endangered species. Picture taken November 20, 2013. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau (FRANCE - Tags: ANIMALS SOCIETY) less 
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