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 - 17:00
Tomorrow:  09:00 - 17:00
Friday:  09:00 - 17:00
Saturday:  09:00 - 17:00
Sunday:  09:00 - 17:00
Monday:  09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday:  09:00 - 17:00
  • 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
Additional info

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
Ratings & reviews
Aug 28, 2019
Nice zoo
Aug 15, 2019
really nice little zoo, pretty inexpensive too
Jul 11, 2019
Génial !

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