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Menagerie du Jardin des Plantes

57, rue Cuvier, 75005 Paris, France (Panthéon)
+33 1 40 79 37 94
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Ranked #266 of 762 Attractions in Paris
Type: Zoos, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Description: A small zoo located within the Jardin des Plantes.
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Hervey Bay, Australia
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108 reviews 108 reviews
85 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 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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London
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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34 reviews 34 reviews
21 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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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47 reviews 47 reviews
17 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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Tilburg, The Netherlands
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15 reviews 15 reviews
15 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

The third oldest zoo in the world, the Ménagerie du Plantes has preserved a lot of its history. Instead of demolishing old enclosures and building new ones, this zoo got rid of its big species like bears and elephants, and made the enclosures suited for smaller species. You might call the zoo ''ugly'' as it has many old enclosures. But... More

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London
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254 reviews 254 reviews
63 attraction reviews
139 helpful votes 139 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

This is a small zoo in Jardin des Plantes- It is one of the oldest in the world and is full of character and elegance. It has been modernised over the years (I first visited when I was a child about 30 years ago... The smelly crocodile house has gone), but is still able to hold a special kind of... More

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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302 attraction reviews
610 helpful votes 610 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Intersting range of animals on show. Quite a small little zoo but quite a mix of animals. We enjoyed the reptile house. The crocodile kept my 4 year old amused for some time. The monkeys maybe weren't in the most spacious enclosures, but plenty of enrichment for climbing. Mostly smaller animals being housed.

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92 reviews 92 reviews
64 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014 via mobile

This zoo is one of the oldest in Europe. it does have a nice atmosphere and is filled with old buildings. The animals are well looked after and have produced offapring. Still some of the exhibita made me feel very sad, the monkey house in particular. Especially the orang utans, animals that love to climb were condemned to a life... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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78 reviews 78 reviews
11 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

I read a couple of reviews in guide books and on-line and one called the zoo outdated which I guess is about the same as calling Notre Dame old-fashioned. This was the perfect size zoo for our 3 and 5 year olds and as you walked the grounds you could feel the history of the zoo. They have a descent... More

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