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Menagerie du Jardin des Plantes

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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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This was an ok zoo. As previous reviews mention, some of the exhibits are not models of animal comfort, but the vast majority of the exhibits are consistent with what we've seen... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
John H
Hanahan, SC
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have been here before but it is well worth another visit. There is lots to see and the zoo is beautifully laid out with trees and parks. There are cafes dotted around and indoor exhibits if the weather isn't great. We particularly enjoyed the monkey house!

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Hanahan, SC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was an ok zoo. As previous reviews mention, some of the exhibits are not models of animal comfort, but the vast majority of the exhibits are consistent with what we've seen at other zoos. Some of the exhibits cages are made of wood, and probably should be in a Museum of Old Zoo Stuff. Primate enclosure seemed reasonable. The... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2016

They say it was created in 1794. At that time the comfort of animals was disregarded and now this site should be closed and the animals relocated ind decent reserves. What are panthers, orang-outans, snow leopards doing confined in the centre of Paris. They pretend that they protect endangered species and reintroduce them in their natural This is a sham... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2016

It's a good idea to buy the combined ticket for the two zoos in Paris. This is one of the oldest zoos in the world and it is located inside the historical botanical gardens. Lots of different animals in picturesque surroundings - we really enjoyed our visit.

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Toronto, Canada
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2016

We were excited to visit and were truly disappointed. Firstly, it was not inexpensive to visit. 13 Euros for an adult, and 9 for children over age 4. (In a country when most things for my 5 year old have been free.) We were not expecting a large zoo, and it is a decent size with a variety of animals... More 

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sacramento, california
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2016

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 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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County Durham, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles 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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