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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

Last admission: 1 hour before closing
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Provider: Tiqets International B.V.
Registered address: James Wattstraat 77-P, 1097 DL, Amsterdam, NL
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Important information

Under-13s must be accompanied by an adult; 1 adult for at most 6 children.

Highlights & Description

  • 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!

Please show your Tiqets' smartphone ticket at the entrance.

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
Sunday 09:30 - 19:30
Monday 09:30 - 19:30
Tuesday 09:30 - 18:00
Wednesday 09:30 - 18:00
Thursday 09:30 - 18:00
Friday 09:30 - 18:00
Saturday 09:30 - 19:30
Ménagerie du Jardin des Plantes
2 Place Valhubert, 75005, Paris
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  • Cancellation is possible until 23:59 on the day before your visit.
  • Rescheduling is possible until 23:59 on the day before your visit.

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Anonymous
13 May 2024
Excellent
Bought the tickets whilst queuing in the no « ticket line ». Was great to be able skip the queue with a young toddler, even though I had not prepared in advance
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Sophie,  United Kingdom United Kingdom
07 Apr 2024
Excellent
Lovely and unique experience, great as a family of young children.
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Del,  United Kingdom United Kingdom
28 Jan 2024
Good
A lovely little zoo that is worth the entry price. Some of the enclosures are a little out of date, particularly for the oran-u-tans, the big cats and the birds, not allowing a great deal of...
A lovely little zoo that is worth the entry price. Some of the enclosures are a little out of date, particularly for the oran-u-tans, the big cats and the birds, not allowing a great deal of freedom, but on the whole some beautiful creatures in very pleasant surroundings.
Ménagerie, Zoo of the Jardin des plantes: Skip The Line

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