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Address: 57, rue Cuvier, 75005 Paris, France
Phone Number: +33 1 40 79 37 94

A small zoo located within the Jardin des Plantes.

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Stunning animals!

Though the menagerie is rather small, the animals inside are amazing! Beautiful, well cared for, lovely environments for each type. The surrounding jardin is a beautiful place... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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sacramento, california
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Though the menagerie is rather small, the animals inside are amazing! Beautiful, well cared for, lovely environments for each type. The surrounding jardin is a beautiful place in its own right, and the addition of the zoo makes it a must-visit site.

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Viken, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016 via mobile

I absolutely loved this zoo! They had many different species that I have never encountered before, and some I were not aware existed! If you're after watching common zoo animals like lions and zebras, you're better of finding a larger zoo. However, if you enjoy seeing wonderful, uncommon animals this place is like heaven on earth. At the time of... More 

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Paris, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2016 via mobile

This is one of the oldest zoos in the world- from 1794. Originally it hosted elephants, giraffes, lions etc. but it is now specializing in small and medium sized endangered species. With this background in mind, it is a great little zoo, full of historic buildings and set within beautiful Jardin des Plantes. Great for kids. If you want to... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2016

This was my second visit to the menagerie. I took my small nephew in 2014 and realised that it would appeal to all ages, and so took adult friends this time. A visit to Jardin des Plantes is a treat in itself; it's a stone's throw from the Notre Dame (walk through the fascinating sculpture park on the Seine on... More 

Thank Marc C
County Durham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

This is a small, very old, zoo. They had, no doubt, tried to provide interesting enclosures for the animals but the cages were so small. We were very disappointed and I didn't like to see animals in Victorian-sized enclosures. As for the cats we never saw any, either from the outside or the inside of the building. There must be... More 

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2016

Elephants, lions, rhinoceros, giraffes, crocodiles … Paris offers visitors the opportunity to see all sorts of animals. Go along for some animal encounters that are sure to delight the kids! After closing in 2008, the famous Zoo de Vincennes (renamed Parc Zoologique de Paris) reopened in 2014. The new park offers an itinerary that crosses five geographic areas, called ‘biozones’,... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 29, 2016

The zoo is surprisingly large and a lot of the enclosures do have a Victorian feel to them. But don't let that put you off, the zoo is home to a lot of small animals, deer, goat and cattle from all over the world. The monkeys too are of the small variety and seem very active in their enclosures. Most... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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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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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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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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