This is where Zarafa lives – and forever will. Indeed, too old to be moved, the skin which was taxidermied in 1845 was installed on the landing of the monumental staircase, having been brought in via a window that has since been filled in. She will not move any more, to the great pride of the people of La Rochelle!
It houses the only painting retracing Zarafa’s crossing from Marseille to Paris between May 20 and June 30, 1827. The Journey of the Giraffe near Arnay-le-Duc is an oil on canvas painted by Jacques Raymond Brascassat in 1827.
It has the most beautiful collection on Zarafa, which is unfortunately not permanently accesible. In October and December 2019, a magnificent exhibition allowed them to gather and present treasures from all over France and elsewhere. The “giraffe” collections can be consulted on the site via the Documentation Centre database.
Listed as a historical monument, this private estate is also a living museum, presenting 12 centuries of history. It also has some wonderful testimonials to Zarafa’s history – in particular, a “giraffe” bed!
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