Menagerie Zoo Historique de Paris in Jardin des Plantes
Opened back in the 1700s, the Menageries is a zoo in the heart of Paris, which is located within the Jardin des Plantes and has approximately 1800 different animals that includes mammals, birds, amphibians, insects, snakes, crocodiles, turtles and much more.
A bit of history..
A botanical garden was first laid out in Paris in the early part of the 1600s, which was during the reign of King Louis XIII by his physician, and becoming known as The Jardin des Plantes, this expanded through the decades to incorporate more and more different species of plants, especially those that had medicinal aspects.
Becoming a public garden as well, this was greatly expanded during the 1700s and a maze or labyrinth was incorporated by the curator Comte de Buffon, and then in the latter part of the 1700s the Royal Menagerie was moved from the gardens of the Chateau Versailles and was officially opened at the Jardin des Plantes in 1794.
During the early part of the 1800s buildings such as the bear pits and the rotunda were added, then a few decades later the repite hall and aviary were added and all of these have now been classified as historical monuments in Paris.
And in fact, the whole garden is classed as a historical landmark in Paris along with its labyrinth and the impressive buildings that are home to the Natural History Museum, the Grand gallery of Evolution and the Galleries of Anatomy and Paleontology.
There are also the art deco styled buildings that were added to the Menagerie Zoo Historique de Paris between World War I and World War II, including a Vivarium in 1926 and one for big cats in 1937.
About the Menagerie Zoo de Paris
There are around 80 members of staff including trainers and veterinarians who look after the animals at the Menagerie Zoo de Paris and maintenance of their surroundings to provide the best possible habitat and conditions in captivity.
The Menagerie has expanded substantially over the years, and there are now around 1800 different animals you can discover, with animals from different continents and endangered species, all within easy reach in the heart of the city.
Also being one of the oldest zoos in the world, you will be able to see well over 300 different birds, around 200 turtles, crocodiles lizards and snakes, plus there are about 140 amphibians, over 200 mammals and around 900 insects, crustaceans and spiders.
And the Menagerie Zoo Historique de Paris is dedicated to small and medium sized animals, so you can get to see endangered species such as cranes, snow leopards, orangutangs, pandas, white neck turtles and many other animals.
Visiting the Menagerie in Paris
You will find that the Menagerie Zoo de Paris located within the Jardin des Plantes on the left bank of the River Seine in the 5th Arrondissment and is open daily from 9am through to 6pm from around mid March.
The full price of entry is €13 as of 2014, however a discounted rate of only €9 is available for children between the ages of 4 and 16, and it is free for children under the age of 4. Plus you may be pleased to know that there are toilets and even picnic tables available so that you can fully enjoy a family day out.
Yet we would like to point out that last entry is a minimum of 30 minutes prior to this zoo closing for the day, but if you have a full price ticket, you can also get a discount to other tourist attractions in the Jardin des Plantes, which is valid for around a month after your visit.
Now as for getting to the Menagerie Zoo, there are numerous different means of public transport in Paris that will get you close by, including the Batobus water bus shuttle service that has a docking station on the River Seine, or alternatively, if you prefer your own schedule and are fit enough, then the Velib self service bike system could be your answer, as there is a Velib station just outside.
The Gare d’Austerlitz train station is also within walking distance and serves the RER via line C along with the Metro lines 5 and 10, plus there is the Metro station called the Censier Daubenton stop serving line 7, or you have bus numbers 24, 57, 63, 89 and 91, not forgetting the tours in Paris, such as the l’OpenTour bus tours.
Related attractions in Jardin des Plantes
- Jardin des Plantes
- La Baleine restaurant
- The Grande Galerie de l’Evolution Museum
- Galeries d'Anatomie Comparee et de Paleontologie
- Les Grandes Serres
- Cabinet d’Histoire du Jardin des Plantes
- The Grand Amphitheatre
- Galerie de Mineralogie et de Geologie
Related photo images
- Photos of Jardin des Plantes
- Photos of Galerie de Mineralogie et de Geologie
Address and Contact Details
Menagerie Zoo Historique de Paris
57 Rue Cuvier
Ile de France
Tel: +33 (0) 1 40 79 56 01 or +33 (0) 1 40 79 54 79
Tourist attractions close by
- Place Valhubert
- River Seine
- Jardin Tino Rossi
- Pont d’Austerlitz bridge
- Pont Sully
- Square Barye
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