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Address: 57, rue Cuvier, 75005 Paris, France
Phone Number: +33 1 40 79 37 94
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A small zoo located within the Jardin des Plantes.

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Quaint Victorian zoo in the heart of Paris

Went here specifically to see the orangutans. Many of the buildings and enclosures are decidedly Victorian in their design, but it seemed to us like the keepers took good care of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 4, 2016
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London, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

Went here specifically to see the orangutans. Many of the buildings and enclosures are decidedly Victorian in their design, but it seemed to us like the keepers took good care of the animals. I would recommend spending time observing the orangutans who are incredibly intelligent. We observed Nénette, the star of the exhibit and of an eponymous documentary, washing the... More 

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015 via mobile

A lovely place to spend a few hours. This is an old collection of animals but well worth a visit. The kids will love it. The nearest metros are Jussieu and Gare d'Austerlitz.

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Island of Malta, Malta
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

This is a truly beautiful garden, where access is free but you have to pay to visit the menagerie (small zoo) and greenhouses. We did, and it was worth it, especially the menagerie. A lot of photo opportunities! This is a very old garden and zoo, and you can tell from the size of the trees. An oasis of peace... More 

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Branford, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015

One of my favorite places in Paris... the natural history museum is a must, especially the evolution of the animals exhibit! The zoo was definitely more run down since I last visited, but still small and lovely.

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Glomfjord, Norway
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

The zoo is ok, but not more, it is an average zoo. If you combine it with the botanic garden it is worth a visit.

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No Name Key, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

We were expecting a small collection, as the name is Le menagerie - but were very impressed with the number of exhibits & the information presented. Absolutely loved the orangutans - we watched one build a hammock with her sheet by tying it to the roof & then she got in it & swung. It was amazing! We loved seeing... More 

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Thank Erigann
Galway, Ireland
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Absolutely appalling conditions , animals going mental in small enclosures. I was traumatised as was my son the worst place i have ever seen in my life

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Thank Mcuna
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 via mobile

Charming little place and it was greatly appreciated to be away from the crowds. The animals were mostly well-kept and seemed lively enough, and we manages to get good views of most. I say 'some' of the animals are well kept because I was surprised to see not only the housing for some was a mess, but a few of... More 

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Bergen, Norway
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015 via mobile

This place is tired and overgrown by plants. It's in desperate need of refurbishment. Some of the animals seem to not get the care they need, and the whole place is quite sad. A total renewal, or shut it down!

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

This is a decent zoo in the heart of Paris. You will find many smaller animals here, since the big ones are now at the new Paris Zoo near the Bois de Vincennes. It's a bit too expensive for its size and the variety of the exhibits of inside, but little visitors would certainly enjoy it.

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