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Ménagerie, the zoo of the Jardin des Plantes: the oldest zoo in Paris

Published on 13 April 2011 By My B.
la ménagerie du jardin des plantes, zoo à paris

Practical information


Jardin des Plantes
75005 Paris 5

Free (- de 4 ans)
11 euros (plein tarif)
9 euros (tarif réduit et enfants)

The Ménagerie, the zoo of the Jardin des Plantes is not only the oldest zoo in Paris but also the oldest zoo in the world that remains in its original condition. Make the best of this sunny weather to take your children visit this zoological garden that is worth the trip. Within walking distance from the Seine, these 55,000-square meters of greenery are inhabited by a thousand animals, the zoo of the Jardin des Plantes will please children and adults.

The Ménagerie, the zoo of the Jardin des Plantes is not only a walking space but a historical space. Maybe you do not know that but the Ménagerie is the oldest zoo in the world that still remains in its original condition. During your visit, you will be surprised to see how well the zoo’s structures blend into the natural animal atmosphere. Wonderful structures in accordance with animals' environment offer a genuine Parisian charm that never gets old.

The Park covers about 5.5 hectares and houses not less than:

  • 210 mammals including 50 species
  • 320 birds including 80 species
  • 200 reptiles including 40 species
  • 150 amphibians including 10 species
  • 1,100 invertebrates including 10 species


The zoo is located in the very heart of Paris. Kids are always mesmerized. In addition to outdoor areas where birds, farm animals and other mammals can be found, several indoor areas are to be visited, including:

  • the vivarium: insects, amphibians and all kinds of reptiles
  • the big cat house: tigers, panthers…
  • the reptile house: crocodiles, giant turtles…
  • the monkey house: monkeys (with special mention for the small monkey in its playground area).


If you decide to spend the day in the Ménagerie, be sure to remember that there are picnic tables in the heart of the zoological garden. An original idea for a family picnic that will please children for sure.

In short, this nature discovery-visit will take you to another world.

Practical information:
Official website: Ménagerie, the zoo of the Jardin des Plantes
Opening times: open daily
Winter: from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or until 5:30 p.m.
Summer: from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sundays and public holidays until 6:30 p.m.

Rates:

  • Adults: €11
  • Children (4-16 y.o.) and reduced rate: €9
  • Free for children under 4 

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