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Menagerie du Jardin des Plantes

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Address: 57 rue Cuvier, 75005 Paris, France
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A small zoo located within the Jardin des Plantes.

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Charming

A charming little zoo that we stumbled upon by accident. some of the enclosures are very old and do need some work doing to them. Overall a very peaceful visit. The red pandas... read more

Reviewed 11 June 2015
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Paris, France
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2,060 reviews
1,580 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 876 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 June 2015

These are animals and not toys. Maybe some of the animals are cute, but the cages are poorly maintained and these animals may not be happy.

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Derby
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35 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 June 2015

A charming little zoo that we stumbled upon by accident. some of the enclosures are very old and do need some work doing to them. Overall a very peaceful visit. The red pandas were particularly engaging.

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1 Thank katek1234
Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 June 2015

A very old zoo with some very antiquated enclosures but it does have some charm. First time I've ever seen binturongs and the red pandas were entertaining. It is a small place and unless one walks very slowly it's a two hour visit at the most.

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The Netherlands
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108 reviews
70 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 May 2015

Looking through the eyes of an adult, the ‘Menagerie du Jardin des Plantes’ is a below-average city zoo with few remarkeble animals in poorly maintained cages (and too many times just empty ones). Also not really cheap, when compared to other zoos in Europe. But, when travelling with kids, even a below-average zoo can be a relaxing alternative to the... More 

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Surrey
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35 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 April 2015

The gardens are very large and I'm sure in the summer are very nice. However the zoo was very poor. It needs a major reconstruction. The big cats although very healthy looking and obviously well looked after are in cages which are not suitable for these animals, there is not enough room for the cats to roam, they were pacing... More 

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2015

You might recognize the tiger''s cage from the Madeline books of Bemelmann. It's a old and charming zoo that is perfect for a casual stroll with a child. The charm might even appeal to older children. In fact, the whole parc is very low key and is energizing. I suggest you consider arriving or leaving by the Batobus which is... More 

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2015

I understand that some of the older structures are probably listed/protected and therefore difficult or maybe even impossible to modify or upgrade, but many of the enclosures need refurbishing. Quite a few of the animals showed signs of stereotyping and there seemed to be a lack of basic stimuli in many enclosures. I think a fair bit of time and... More 

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2 Thank MarkFromTheZoo
Paris, France
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283 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 257 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2015

La Ménagerie du Jardin des Plantes was inaugurated in 1794 and is one of the oldest zoos still open to the public in the world. I read that in Europe only the Schönbrunn Zoo in Vienna, Austria, is older as it was founded in 1752. It is surprising to see a zoo in the centre of Paris (5th arrondissement) but... More 

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Paris, France
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28 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 January 2015

It is a nice place inside the city that makes you feel like in countryside. It' s fun for the kids.. It has some very strange animals..you can also combine it with the museum of Natural history and the museum of Dinosaurs..Or you can just go for a walk in the park between them..

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Fort William, Scotland, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 December 2014

This would be a great place to visit, due to the quirky old enclosures and features, if it wasn't for the fact they still keep animals. I thought the conditions were appalling, especially in such a developed wealthy country as France. Such a shame because everything else in the area and Jardin des Plantes is so lovely - the shabbiness... More 

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