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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 #243 of 735 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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Nantes, France
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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34 reviews 34 reviews
16 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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
15 reviews 15 reviews
15 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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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Top Contributor
244 reviews 244 reviews
59 attraction reviews
129 helpful votes 129 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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352 reviews 352 reviews
271 attraction reviews
582 helpful votes 582 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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Top Contributor
92 reviews 92 reviews
64 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 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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73 reviews 73 reviews
9 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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Melbourne, Australia
18 reviews 18 reviews
13 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

Every day we tried to find something new to do with our two small children that would appeal to both adult, and not bore them silly. We love how Parisian gardens often held other secrets, and this Zoo was no exception! The structure was fascinating and we saw animals we don't normally find in Australian zoos .. such as the... More

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Toronto, Canada
11 reviews 11 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

This lovely zoo was a great visit. It was an easy walk around. It was interesting to find out this zoo has been around for over 200 years. The animals looked like they were healthy and happy, if that is possible to know for certain.

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Tromso, Norway
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71 reviews 71 reviews
41 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

We went to see, among other things, the red pandas. There were immensly cute and looked like clumsy red cats. many other nice animals were present and the whole thing really is beautifully made. We recommend, especially if you like fluffy animals.

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