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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 #235 of 691 attractions in Paris
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Zoos, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Description: A small zoo located within the Jardin des Plantes.
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203 reviews 203 reviews
50 attraction reviews
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

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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245 attraction reviews
560 helpful votes 560 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

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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76 reviews 76 reviews
55 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 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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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I read a couple of reviews in guide books and on-line and one called the zoo outdated which I guess is about the same as calling Notre Dame old-fashioned.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
14 reviews 14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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
18 helpful votes 18 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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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

My family just returned from Paris with 2 teenagers, and we all loved the menagerie. There are many exotic animals and reptiles that we don't see here in the US. The architecture style of the cages were fun and interesting to compare to US zoo's. The Gardens and greenhouses were beautiful, the natural museum was interesting as well. The history... More

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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155 reviews 155 reviews
42 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

In my point of view, this is a very limited zoo. It is only good if you are seeing other attractions inside the Jardin des Plantes. I would not recommend anyone to go there only to check the zoo out...

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36 reviews 36 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

The zoo is located in the Jardin des Plantes and charges admission. It's a great spot to spend an afternoon, especially with kids. Our one-year-old daughter was in awe. There is a great diversity of animals, and many are located in fenced enclosures rather than cages, so you can often get excellent views (and photos). The grounds of the zoo... More

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