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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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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
Paris, France
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Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015 NEW

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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The Netherlands
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
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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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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8 attraction reviews
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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Fort William, Scotland, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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
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4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
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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