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Address: 57, rue Cuvier, 75005 Paris, France
Phone Number: +33 1 40 79 37 94
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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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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New York City, New York
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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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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Thessaloniki, Greece
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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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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

This would be a great place to visit, due to the quirky old enclosures and features, if it wasn't for the fact they still keep animals. I thought the conditions were appalling, especially in such a developed wealthy country as France. Such a shame because everything else in the area and Jardin des Plantes is so lovely - the shabbiness... More 

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Church Stretton, United Kingdom
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4 attraction reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

We went to the zoo for the day......it is pretty much full of various different types of goats and goat like animals, with a few birds, monkeys and leopards thrown in. Most of the animals look unhappy and are unrestful and when you look closely at the enclosures its no wonder. I understand that its hard to have big enclosures... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

... and found it charming, if a little cramped for the animals on display. However, seeing Clouded Leopards and Prezewalski Horses amongst some notable others was quite something; the enclosures may have been small but the beasts looked very well kept. My children were entranced by all they saw - we had just landed in Paris from New Zealand! -... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

It was €13 for an adult we missed out all the usual animals such as yaks and camels. Saw the monkeys who were cute, also saw a very sad and bored looking orangutan. Enclosures are all very old and as my husband pointed out hardly any safety glass on the enclosures. Good for something to do if you've had enough... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Our guide book (published May 2014) said it was 8 euros for entry - but it cost 13. Cashier would not give my son discounted ticket for under 26's - he is clearly under 26 but perhaps she has to have ID for everyone). Very small zoo with some sad animals in confined spaces. Good location.

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