Meeting with the healers from the menagerie of the Jardin des Plantes in Paris

The healers from the oldest zoo in Paris takes you and your children to meet the animals and discover their jobs. Feeding, care and animals’ daily life are provided with turtles, pandas and orangutans.

Healers from the Menagerie tell about their experience, their jobs with animals, they speak about the social behavior, the differences between natural and closed environment, feeding and care. The public discovers the daily life and history of orangutans and small pandas.

Excluding school holidays: on Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.
During the Toussaint Holidays (from October 21 to November 5): every day

  • Aldabra giant tortoise (depending on good weather conditions) – 11:30 a.m.
  • Orangutans – 2:45 p.m.
  • Malayan tapir – 3:30 p.m.
  • Red pandas – 4:15 p.m.

Feeding the big cats at the “Fauverie”

  • From September 1 to October 15: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays at 5:30 p.m. and Sundays at 6 p.m.
  • From October 16 to 29: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 5:30 p.m.
  • From October 30 to December 31: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 4:30 p.m.

You should know that the Ménagerie du Jardin des Plantes is the world’s oldest zoo that is still in its original aspect. The park covers 5.5 acres and houses at least 270 mammals of 50 species, 330 birds of 80 species, 200 reptiles of 40 species, 200 amphibians of 10 species and 1,200 invertebrates of 10 species, the whole in the heart of Paris.

Practical information:
Official website: Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle
Free for visitors equipped with an entrance ticket to the Menagerie
Zoo de la Ménagerie

Accessible to motor disabled visitors

Julie M.
Last updated on 12 September 2017

Practical information

Opening Time
From 1 September 2017 to 31 December 2017



    Jardin des Plantes
    75005 Paris 5


    Official website

    More information
    Animation gratuite dans le cadre de la visite de la Ménagerie
    Tarif plein : 13 €
    Tarif réduit : 9 €

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