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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
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Description: A small zoo located within the Jardin des Plantes.

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A couple of ok enclosures but pretty tired & run down

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... read more

2 of 5 starsReviewed February 20, 2015
Canterbury, United Kingdom
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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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123 reviews 123 reviews
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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
3 reviews 3 reviews
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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Fort William, Scotland, United Kingdom
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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Hervey Bay, Australia
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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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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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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Nantes, France
4 reviews 4 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

I did not enjoy the visit to this Zoo: Yes, it is very pretty with its old enclosures and building BUT they are very small and the animals did not look very happy. The building are also in bad condition and the toilets were just disgusting. One of the building was closed completely (Rotonde). I found the information boards about... More 

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

This has got to be one of the best family days out, a museum for the grown ups or extremely inquisitive children and a zoo for the little ones and even for the grown ups. I went with some friends after our visit to the museum. At first we were so surprised to see different animals in the same enclosure,... More 

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