The Casela Park welcomed this visit. “The benefits of this first visit of the year to the park are high, both for the park and for the destination Mauritius. Because of its international scope, and its actions in the field of animal protection, including through its foundation, Baby and Nepal, Her Serene Highness offers enhanced visibility of the island,” emphasized the communication department of Casela. Elephants Baby and Nepal, aged 43 and 44 respectively, are former residents of the park Tête d’Or, Lyon, France. They had undergone blood tests “concluding, incorrectly, a possible presence of tuberculosis,” in 2012. Collected by the Princess of Monaco at the start of 2013, they suffered other serological testing according to protocols established by authorities of French health. These tests were negative vis-à-vis tuberculosis, according to the website of the association: www.association-baby-nepal.com .
Stephanie of Monaco has been the godmother of the park since February 2015. As such she agrees to help save endangered species alongside Casela. February 2015 was the official opening of the park following its transformation into a welcoming zoo and the addition of a greater number of animals including giraffes, kudus, impalas, and hippos. Those were added to those that already existed there. With this transformation, many attractions have also emerged and the park continues to innovate. Two new activities are available from the beginning of the year: the mud kart and riding camels. Two films in 4D are also available to visitors. 4D is a cinematic immersion consisting of 3D, that is to say, the visual aspect, but also involving sensory experience.
Located west of the island, about 3 km from Flic-en-Flac, on the road between the center of the island in Black River, Casela opened in 1979.