A popular nearby animal attraction is the Vallee des Tortues (Valley of Tortoises) in the next village of Sorede, only a couple of kilometers away from Laroque. This attraction now includes a childrens play area.
At Chateau Valmy, about 10km away near Argeles, eagles, buzzards, kites and owls etc may be viewed with falconry displays and also working pyrenean mountain dogs. ( Wine tasting is also possible at the chateau itself)
The Parc Animalier des Angles has wild boar, bison, bears and wolves. There are either 3.5km or 1.5km walks. Another animal park is 2km from Vernet les Bains, the Parc Animalier de Casteil, which has lions, birds, bears, deer, monkeys and a llama.
A bigger animal attraction is the Reserve Africaine de Sigean Safari park, at Sigean, near Narbonne, which has lions, bears, giraffes, monkeys, rhinos, alligators and flamingos, with a 6km drive through the park.