The Parc Zoologique de Paris – Zoo de Vincennes

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Published by Julie M., My B., Laurent P. · Photos by My B. · Published on 11 April 2022 at 17h09
The Zoo de Vincennes, also called Parc de Zoologique de Paris invites you to enjoy an open-air walk. Let's (re)discover this magnificent zoo and its lodgers safely.

The Parc Zoologique de Paris commonly called the Zoo de Vincennes, has reopened after two months of lockdown. Enjoy the famous Parisian zoo. The museum's staff is working together to make sure you visit is as safe as could be with the necessary health measures as soon as the government allows zoos to reopen. 

It is time to rediscover the Zoo de Vincennes. Since its reopening in 2014, the place has been completely transformed both in the landscape approach than in the zoological approach in order to protect and conserve animal species.

The zoo is the only zoo is the world to have been entirely rebuilt and it offers a course through 5 biozones:

  • Patagonia – 16,570 square meters unveiling:
    3 zones: The Pampas, the rocky coasts and the Andean forest.
    7 species including sea-lions, Humboldt penguins and mountain lions.

  • Sahel-Sudan – 45,215 square meters with:
    4 zones: the wooded savannah, the shrublands, the open grasslands and the delta.
    44 species including West African giraffes, white rhinoceroses, ostriches, Guinean baboons, scimitar-horned oryxes, greater kudus, addaxes, Marabou storks.

  • Europe – 10,800 square meters with:
    4 zones: the conifer forest and within the vivarium: marshlands, scrublands and mountainous terrains.
    28 species including Iberian wolves, Eurasian lynxes, raptors, cinereous vultures and several amphibians…

  • Guiana – 12,530 square meters with:
    3 zones: the tropical forest, the creek and the river
    67 species including small primates, dwarf caimans, manatees, hyacinth macaws, anacondas…

  • Madagascar – 9,655 square meters with:
    2 zones: the tropical rainforest and the tropical dry forest.
    30 species including lemurs, fossas, radiated tortoises and grey-headed lovebirds.


The whole park covers 14.5 hectares and a 4-km itinerary. The tour has been thought up like a long stroll, the visitor discovers over 1000 animals in a “reconstituted” natural environment and is then immersed in the same environment. 

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In this legendary place, the Muséeum national d’Histoire naturelle invents the 21st century zoo. The new zoo is open to all of you and provides a high-performance equipment enabling it to play an essential role in being a walking space for everyone, a place of knowledge sharing, a place of pedagogic innovation, as well as a scientific research center.

The new Zoo de Vincennes offers you:

A place of learning:
The Parc Zoologique plays an instructive role, raising awareness about the environment, the biology of species and the conservation of biodiversity. A 4-km visit tour invites visitors to discover 5 biozones: Sahel-Sudan, Patagonia, Europe, Amazon-Guyana, Madagascar and to observe animals in their environment so that they can understand their behavior better. Architectural equipment thanks to their unobtrusiveness and the reconstitution of the floras from the different biozones contribute to offer an immersive visit.

Animal welfare:
Mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fishes and invertebrates: about 180 species and over one thousand animals allow a trip to the heart of the animal biodiversity. To choose the species represented at the zoo, several criteria have been determining: promoting mixed ecosystems, animal welfare concerns and fulfilment of the missions the zoo goes along with.

Spectacular landscapes:
The zoo’s Great Rock remains. The park’s legendary feature that has been standing since 1934 (65-meter high, 354 steps), entirely restored in 1997 is highlighted and now houses a vivarium presenting the European fauna. Two new structures are now major poles of attraction: the Great Aviary housing many bird species including a hundred free-flying flamingos and the Great Glasshouse. Under a glass roof (100-m long, 40-m wide and 16-m high), a humid and tropical climate has been recreated to host an extraordinary fauna: small insects, amphibians, monkeys, manatees, birds…

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The Zoo de Vincennes is a shared story and the will to make everybody take part in preserving threatened species and animal welfare. In addition to the collaboration to numerous international species conservation programs, the Muséeum has launched in November an animal sponsorship program.

So, it is now possible to choose via the set-up website an animal and contribute to its conservation and welfare after donating at least €20. According to the amount of the donation, you can be a sponsor or a patron, you can also benefit from an entry, a yearly-subscription or exclusive invitations. You should also know that if you live in France and pay taxes, you can have it tax-deductible, so, what are you waiting for?

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In order to solve parking issues around the new Paris zoological garden and to prevent pollution because of wild car park, several competing companies providing parking lots have agreed to work together to offer visitors discount parking tickets. The only condition is to book your ticket online.

Avoid traffic jam by using intermodal connections: leave your car at the Grands Moulins parking lot or at the Tolbiac-Bibliothèque parking lot, walk 500-m on the Avenue de France to reach the tram station “Avenue de France”. Use the tramway T3a towards “Porte de Vincennes”, after 3 stops you will reach “Porte Dorée”: you will then have to walk for 3 minutes to reach the zoo.

Discover two other parking lots: Vincent Auriol-Bibliothèque and Quai d’Austerlitz located a few minutes away from the Quai de la Gare station: use the metro 6 (towards Nation) and get off at Daumesnil and get on the metro 8 (towards Créteil) to get off at Porte Dorée.

From the other side of the Seine river, you will find the Bercy parking lot, located just a 5-minute walk from the Bercy metro: use the metro 6 (towards Nation) until Daumesnil and the metro line 8 (towards Créteil) until Porte Dorée.

You can also use the Erard-2 parking lot or the Garage du Faubourg that are next to the Reuilly-Diderot metro and bus stop: use the metro line 8 towards Créteil and get off at Porte Dorée (5 minutes away from the Zoo entry) or the Bus 46 towards Château de Vincennes and get off at Parc Zoologique.

Think about booking your tickets online prior to your visit!

Practical information

Dates and Opening Time
Starts 19 May 2021



    Avenue Daumesnil
    75012 Paris 12

    Métro Porte Dorée

    - 3 ans: Free
    enfants: €15
    13-25 ans: €17
    adultes: €20

    Official website


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