Tickets for Ménagerie, Zoo of the Jardin des Plantes: Skip The Line

Meet a cast of endangered species in one of the oldest zoos in the world

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Opening hours
Today:  09:00 - 18:00
Tomorrow:  09:00 - 18:00
Wednesday:  09:00 - 18:00
Thursday:  09:00 - 18:00
Friday:  09:00 - 18:00
Saturday:  09:00 - 18:00
Sunday:  09:00 - 18:00
  • Meet the menagerie's 1,200 occupants, including 200 tortoises, crocodiles, lizards, and snakes
  • Take the urban biodiversity trail and learn about some of the threats facing biodiversity
  • Witness some of the oldest zoo buildings in the world, from the Bear Pit to the Big Cat House

Flinging open its doors back in 1794, the Ménagerie is one of the oldest zoos in the world! Enter a melting pot of animal-awesomeness, including orangutans, lizards, snakes and more. A fun follow-up to the usual city sights of Paris.

Red pandas, Przewalski horses, Amur and clouded leopards, primates, birds, reptiles and amphibians are all born right here in the center of Paris at the Ménagerie du Jardin des Plantes.

Get up close to endangered species (some of which you might not even have heard of!) and look out for special ‘meet the keepers’ events, designed to raise awareness of the threats to our planet's biodiversity.

Find out about breeding programmes for endangered species, and check out those gorgeous Ménagerie buildings, built in the 19th century. There's the Bear Pit (1805), the Rotonde (1802-1812), the Reptile House (1870), and the Great Aviary (1888).

It's eye-opening and ancient, but mostly it's family fun!

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Ménagerie du Jardin des Plantes
2 Place Valhubert, 75005, Paris
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Meet the Keepers events (in French):

  • Every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday and every day during school holidays
  • Free with your ticket
  • Duration: about 15 minutes
  • The keeper will share interesting facts about the animals
  • Turtle: 11:30. Orangutan: 14:45. Tapir: 15:30. Red panda: 16:15
May 18, 2019
Dec 1, 2018
Small zoo in the middle of Paris. Not too many animals but their monkeys and Big Cats are quite nice
Jun 13, 2019
Très bonne visite. Beaucoup d'animaux avec en plus les explications des soigneurs
Jun 10, 2019
Tout est bien géré, les animaux paraissent heureux, je prends un abonnement à l année c 'est 35 euros..j adore je vais y passer des journées.
Jun 3, 2019
Très bonne journée passé a l animalerie et sans attente
Jun 1, 2019
Réservation très efficace.
Sortie très agréable avec beaucoup d’espaces arborés et de merveilleux animaux bien inconnus pour la plupart.
May 26, 2019
Ma fille et moi avons passé toute notre journée, nous avons adoré.
Apr 29, 2019
Très belle visite, très, intéressante même si l'on ne peut voir certains animaux et des serpents. Seul bémol, il faut payer en plus pour les serres. Le restaurant est très bon, personnel aimable et souriant.
Apr 27, 2019
Rien a dire , parfait 😀
Apr 23, 2019
Il y’avait pas mal d’animaux qui n’étaient pas là je ne parlent pas de ceux qui se cachaient ce qui est naturel et amusant. Et le fait qu’il n’y juste un point restauration où il ne restait pratiquement plus rien mais personnel très sympathique. Hormis cela c’est très bel espace pour les animaux qui sont bien soignés.

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