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La Ménagerie, Zoo in Jardin des Plantes

La Ménagerie, Zoo in Jardin des Plantes
Rue Cuvier, Rue Buffon, Rue Geoffroy-Saint-Hilaire, Place Valhubert
75005 Paris
Tel: 33 (0) 1 40 79 37 94

Access: Metros L5: Austerlitz; L7: Censier Daubenton; L10: Jussieu ou Austerlitz & RER C


La Ménagerie is a zoo in Jardin des Plantes in the 5th arrondissement of Paris. This zoo is an unexpected hidden treasure right in the heart of the French capital, unknown to most visitors who are usually attracted to other spectacular Parisian monuments and cultural sights. For those who are interested in visiting animals, biodiversity, the environment and conservation of animal species, La Ménagerie is the perfect place to be.

La Ménagerie was built in 1794 by Bernardin de Saint-Pierre, a professor in zoology at the National Museum of Natural History in Paris. With over 5,5 hectars of land and vegetation, La Ménagerie is home to over 1,800 animals and 400 trees. Animals such as orang-utans, pandas, birds, crocodiles, insects and spiders live together in various enclosures like the Vivarium, Cat House and the Monkey House.

Over one-third of the animal population in this city zoo is close to extinction. La Ménagerie is therefore not only a zoo for animals, exotic or otherwise, but also a center of conservation efforts by way of reproduction and reintroduction into the wild. Some threatened species like orang-utans and Przewalski horses are protected and nurtured for reproduction programs at the European level. Adaptation programs have been created to enable these endangered species to potentially survive in their natural habitat in the future. La Ménagerie promotes environmental education and has created 12 educational spaces throughout the zoo for visitors to learn more about the threats faced by animals and how to prevent them by instilling eco-friendly behaviour.

La Ménagerie is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day, including public holidays and weekends*. Discover wild and exotic animals right in the heart of the city of Paris! Heart of Paris Hotels welcomes you to stay at one of its hotels in the 5th arrondissement, close to La Ménagerie and other major attractions in Paris.

*Opening hours, program and entrance fee are susceptible to change.

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