“Ornithologists lacked precise information and quantitative data. No one realised that the Camargue was under threat. That was why it hadn’t occurred to anyone that the Camargue might need defending.”
Luc Hoffmann, MAVA Founder
Decades before Luc Hoffmann imagined MAVA, he spent formative time striding over the Camargue’s rich pasture and wetland, binoculars in hand, looking for birds! Home to the Greater Flamingo and a refuge for hundreds of other wintering birds and animals, the Camargue is unique. Luc, perhaps more than anyone, made it famous.
Buying the Tour du Valat estate in 1947, having previously visited to ring flamingos and study wildlife, Luc Hoffmann opened its wetland research centre in 1954.
At the time, only he grasped the scale of the threat facing the Camargue from wetland drainage, development, tourism and egg-harvesting.