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Newsletter n° 57

Spring 2011

· The Réserve Africaine de Sigean is using Flashcodes
The latest new-borns not to be missed
A tribute to Doctor Foulquier, 1st vetenary of the Réserve Africaine de Sigean
The latest souvenir medals have arrived
The Réserve Africaine de Sigean advertises in Barcelona
Grevy's zebras lay eggs?
Flashcode game

The African Reserve in Sigean is using Flashcodes

Over the past month, the Réserve Africaine de Sigean has started integrating Flashcodes into all communicational props which all correspond to the website

They are present on, the plan and the safety guidelines given to the visitors at the entrance, on the napkins at the self-service cafeteria, on the shopping bags at the souvenir shop, on the covers of the DVD cases and coming soon onto the multilingual information flyer that is printed in over
1 million copies, the Flashcode is progressively becoming an indespensible tool for the visitors during their time at the park.

But... what is a Flashcode and how does it work?

A Flashcode is a picture compose of several small squares, which, when photographed with a smartphone equipped with the Flashcode scanner, allows access to a multimedia file (photo, video, soundtrack etc) on the Internet.

Scan this flashcode with your mobile phone
and access the African Reserve's website

If the Flashcode reader isn't installed on the mobile phone, you just have to download it.

- For iPhone : in the iTunes App Store, download the Flashcode App or MobileTag
- For others smartphones : Conect to The app will automatically download itself.

Yes, but... what's the point of a Flashcode in Sigean?

There are several good reasons. For example, imagine the African Reserve's Flashcode on the animal posters. Everywhere where there's an advertisment (Perpignan, Barcelona, Toulouse, Marseille, Girona, Nîmes etc) everyone who has a smartphone will be able to access instantaneously practical information about the park. On the telephone screen will appear, the opening times, the tariffs, the latest news and even the lastest births on the park.

It'll be the same for the multilingual flyers that the park distributes to the camp-sites, hotels and tourist offices. Thanks to the Flashcode, the African Reserve's website will be immediately accessible on your mobile phone, in several languages because it has been translated in English, German, Spanish, Italian and Catalan!

example of flashcode in a poster

example of flashcode in a flyer

Other uses for Flashcodes :

The use of a brochure listing all of the animals visible during the visit that you do in your car.

In this brochure, soon to be offered to our visitors at the entrance and available to download now by
clicking HERE, each animal will appear respresented by, it's silhouette, it's name, it's scientific name and it's own Flashcode. Also, as soon as the visitor sees the animal corresponding to the silhouette in the brochure, they scan the Flashcode with their smartphone which sends them onto the Internet to the description of the animal. The description includes a photo but also a file to listen to, the status of the animal, it's geographical location and, if we've been able to record it, the sound the animal makes.

Example of description for the Lions (soon in english):

Lion Panthera leo (Linnaeus, 1758)

Les Lions ont un cri très caractéristique qui généralement commence par quelques rugissements assez longs d'un ton grave qui ensuite se transforment en une série de rugissements plus courts. Ces rugissements peuvent s'entendre jusqu'à 7 km à la ronde et servent à annoncer la présence de l'animal.

: VU - vulnerable (1996)
CITES : Appendix II (1977)
EU : Annex B (1997)

listen the text


Family : Felidae
Habitat : Savannah and steppe
Food : Antelope, zebra, ostriches, warthogs
Weight : 100 to 180 kg
Shoulder height : 1 m
Speed : 65 kph in bursts
Lifespan : 15 to 25 years
Gestation : 112 days
Young per birth : 2 to 7


The latest new-borns not to be missed

If you have planned to spend a day at the African Reserve in Sigean during April or even in May, the baby animals that can't be missed are the following :

· the 8 lion cubs in the Lions enclosure, 1st litter of 3 the 11th June 2010 (Jinka, Jason and Jafar), 2nd litter of 3 the 11th August 2010 (Jimma, Jibouti and Jalonké) and the 3rd litter of 2 the 19th November 2010 (Jawaad and Jordanie).

· the 8 baby Hunting dogs born on the 13th January 2011

· The 5 Springboks on the car circuit in the 'scrubland 2' and of the 'African Plain' born in March and Apirl 2011

· the 12 Red-necked Wallabies born in January 2011

· the 4 Barbary sheep to be seen on the pedestrian circuit born end of March 2011

Novel and definately not to be missed ! The nests of the Grey Herons, Cattle Egret, Little Egrets in the Lions enclosure. It's a natural environment formed of islands and swampy wooded areas where the couples nest in colonies in the middle of the Tamarisks. A place chosen with great thought where few mammals or snakes can attack them.

Remember that this area is in the Lion's enclosure, these birds are to be admired from your car with the windows tightly closed.

Grey Heron's nest with 3 young ones

Heronry in the Lions enclosure. Here, Little Egrets nests.

And all the births that are still yet to come and that we won't forget to inform you of on the page "
Baby animals outside to be seen" regularly updated on our website


A tribute to Doctor Foulquier, 1st vetenary of the African Reserve

The 5th February 2011 brought the sad passing of Doctor Henri Foulquier at the age of 87 years old. First vetenary doctor of the Réserve Africaine de Sigean, the now retired head of zoology, Claude Pellier, wished to make a tribute to him.

"The passing of Doctor Foulquier has affected the veterans of the Réserve Africaine de Sigean of which I am a part of.

From 1974 to 1987 he was our Vetenary Doctor. Rural practician, the passion for his profession was tenfold when he discovered the slightly extravagant fauna of the Réserve Africaine de Sigean. I was able to appreciate his competence, his robustness, his way of extrapolation and his common sense which allowed him to be as at ease with lions, zebras, elephants as with cats, dogs and horses...

Very cultivated, always in a good mood, he knew how to calm tempers during complicated operations. I haven't forgotten his favourite answer to everything 'maquerelle' marking surprise and vexation.
2 examples : we wanted to observe the limp of a lion in a cage, but, a bad manipulation let 2 males out leaving them just as surprised as us during this face to face. '
maquerelle Pellier, which box?' ; or during the autopsy of an alligator when we discovered 123 tchecoslovakian coins : 'maquerelle the piggybank !

After some long operations, he never left us before telling us some sort of story or anecdote to lighten the atmosphere. Never tired, rarely discouraged he was a precious member of the African Reserve's team.

Good-bye Doctor, we'll never forget you. Claude Pellier."

Photo taken at the beginning of the '80's during a staff outing with the Doctor Foulquier at the Zoo in Montpellier.


The latest souvenir medals have arrived

At last ! After a long wait which was worth it, the 2 new 2011 souvenir medals, one dedicated to the Lion and the other to the Cheetah, have at last arrived and are available to buy on site (reception, souvenir shop and the coffe-shops of the Réserve Africaine de Sigean ).

· Representing the African Reserve is the Lion with his thick mane : Lion - Panthera leo

· Representing the Association of the Friends of Sigean is the head of a cheetah : Guépard - Acinonyx jubatus

These 2 medals have been produced to 5000 copies each and are available with 2 of the older collection still available, the Lion 2010 who commemorates the 11,000,000th visitor to the park and the Gemsbok who celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Association of the Friends of Sigean of which there are on ly a hundred copies left.

The conditions of sale are the same as for the other medals, a maximum of 3 medals of each collection per person. As well as being able to buy them on site, you can also buy them by post by sending teh payment to the Réserve Africaine de Sigean with a SAE for return.


The Réserve Africaine de Sigean advertises in Barcelona

In April, the Réserve Africaine de Sigean 'pushed the boat out' to advertise the park in Catalogna.

In fact, in addition to traditional advertising with large panels of 8x3 meters arranged in the cities and along important ways throughout Catalonia, the Réserve Africaine de Sigean participates to the International Tourism Exhibition of Catalonia : each year since more than fifteen years, thousands of leaflets are distributed in Catalan tourist offices, campsites, hotels, holiday villages and tourist sites. In 2011, the African Reserve Sigean stikes hard.

Stand of the African Reserve of Sigean in the framework of the International Tourism Exhibition of Catalonia 2011

First, an advertising network of over 1,000 billboards like "lollipop" (120 cm long by 174 cm in height) covering the whole of Catalonia came to expand the existing communication during the first 15 days of April, in order to prepare the 'Setmana Santa' : vacation week in Spain equivalent to the Easter holidays in France.

Then, during the months of April and May, other means of communication a little more original but no less effective : three tourist buses in the city of Barcelona, with colors of the African Reserve of Sigean, furrow the Catalan capital a tourist point to another (Plaça de Catalunya, Parc Guell, Sagrada Familia, Plaça d'Espanya, Port Olimpic, etc.). There are many places that, in addition to person from Barcelona, attracting thousands of tourists every year.

Yes, but...Why all this communication? Remember that due to its proximity (Sigean is 2 hours from Barcelona), the African Reserve Sigean is one of the favorite outings of the Catalans. During the Setmana Santa at Easter, about 70% of visitors of the park are Catalan !
Also, in response to this Catalan customer change, website of the African Reserve is available in Catalan, as the guidebook of the park. Moreover, given the success of
special tours by minivan introduced in early 2008, Park staff fluent in Catalan has been multiplied by three and four in summer.


Grevy's zebras lay eggs?

You will have all understood it was an April Fool! However the picture is true, made ??without special effects. The presence of a nest egg ... of Ostrich alongside Grevy's Zebras due to the fact that these two species coexist in the same park : the park of the African plain, where there are also Kobs Mrs. Gray.

This is the first time that we receive as many answers to a news flash. There are those who immediately understood it was a joke, and those who have believed that an error had crept into the text of the flash of Information ...

"Forgive my stupid question but .... since when the zebras lay eggs?".

"Great for a 1st April. Invite us when you make an omelette ... striped, of course!"

"Madam, Sir, I read your mail and there was really something that disturbed me, and yes, I know now! Zebras laying eggs! What's more normal, you might say. Here I wondered if it was not a joke and I looked at the date on this email ..."

"Hello, I just received this newsletter and I think there was a problem in editing it. In fact, I can not believe that zebras can lay eggs. Please correct this error and send the right text. Thanks in advance."

"I found it odd that zebras lay eggs but seeing the photo, I said yeah, prove it!"

"Hello, is there not a concern on the fact that zebras lay eggs? Don't they are placental?"

"Madam, Sir, I just received your special flash as what it would have been a clutch of eggs of Grevy's zebras ..." With respect, the zebra is it not a mammal? The Grevy's zebra has a baby per litter after a gestation of 390 days. Unless that I unknow some recent scientific discoveries ..."

"Since when zebras lay eggs, if I am not mistaken zebra is not a bird"

"Before releasing such scientific nonsense, I suggest you check your sources: the Grevy's zebra does not originate from Ethiopia, but from Japan. Everyone knows that!"

"EXCELLENT :-) I plunged like an idiot! My dear, you know that zebras were laying eggs, you? Anyway, they know, the Reserve Sigean ..."

"A really good news for their conservation biology"

"Thanks for this first April and I ridiculed to learn something to my husband who supposedly knows everything !!!!!!!!!!!!!"

"Lucky Sigeannais who in a few months will have the privilege to see a flight of Zebras of Grévy above the bell tower of Sigean"


Flashcode game

Flashcode game

Please fill in the blanks and press the SEND button :
(the blacks marked with a
* are compulsory )

Surname and name: 
E-mail :

Postal address :

A draw will take place and the winner amongst all of the correct answers will receive a free ticket to the Réserve Africaine de Sigean.
Send your answers before the 31st May 2011 at midnight.






Will you know how to say to us towards which web site sends back this flashcode?


(* Only one free ticket will be accepted per vehicle. Not valid for groups. This ticket can not be sold).




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