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Menagerie du Jardin des Plantes

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Address: 57, rue Cuvier, 75005 Paris, France
Phone Number: +33 1 40 79 37 94
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Activities: City walk sightseeing
Description: A small zoo located within the Jardin des Plantes.

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La Ménagerie du Jardin des Plantes was inaugurated in 1794 and is one of the oldest zoos still open to the public in the world. I read that in Europe only the Schönbrunn Zoo in... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

We were visiting the Jardin des Plantes and decided to also go into the zoo. What a delightful place. It is quiet and away from the crowds and sounds of Paris while being right in the middle of it. It is an older zoo but they are trying to improve the enclosures to make them better places for the animals.... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

These are animals and not toys. Maybe some of the animals are cute, but the cages are poorly maintained and these animals may not be happy.

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Derby
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

A charming little zoo that we stumbled upon by accident. some of the enclosures are very old and do need some work doing to them. Overall a very peaceful visit. The red pandas were particularly engaging.

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Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

A very old zoo with some very antiquated enclosures but it does have some charm. First time I've ever seen binturongs and the red pandas were entertaining. It is a small place and unless one walks very slowly it's a two hour visit at the most.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Looking through the eyes of an adult, the ‘Menagerie du Jardin des Plantes’ is a below-average city zoo with few remarkeble animals in poorly maintained cages (and too many times just empty ones). Also not really cheap, when compared to other zoos in Europe. But, when travelling with kids, even a below-average zoo can be a relaxing alternative to the... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

The gardens are very large and I'm sure in the summer are very nice. However the zoo was very poor. It needs a major reconstruction. The big cats although very healthy looking and obviously well looked after are in cages which are not suitable for these animals, there is not enough room for the cats to roam, they were pacing... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

You might recognize the tiger''s cage from the Madeline books of Bemelmann. It's a old and charming zoo that is perfect for a casual stroll with a child. The charm might even appeal to older children. In fact, the whole parc is very low key and is energizing. I suggest you consider arriving or leaving by the Batobus which is... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

I understand that some of the older structures are probably listed/protected and therefore difficult or maybe even impossible to modify or upgrade, but many of the enclosures need refurbishing. Quite a few of the animals showed signs of stereotyping and there seemed to be a lack of basic stimuli in many enclosures. I think a fair bit of time and... More 

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Paris, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

La Ménagerie du Jardin des Plantes was inaugurated in 1794 and is one of the oldest zoos still open to the public in the world. I read that in Europe only the Schönbrunn Zoo in Vienna, Austria, is older as it was founded in 1752. It is surprising to see a zoo in the centre of Paris (5th arrondissement) but... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

It is a nice place inside the city that makes you feel like in countryside. It' s fun for the kids.. It has some very strange animals..you can also combine it with the museum of Natural history and the museum of Dinosaurs..Or you can just go for a walk in the park between them..

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Address: Address: 57, rue Cuvier, 75005 Paris, France
Phone Number: +33 1 40 79 37 94
Location: Europe  >  France  >  Ile-de-France  >  Paris>  > Quartier Latin

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