Ménagerie, le zoo du Jardin des Plantes - Fauverie, Paris 2010.

Ménagerie, the zoo of the garden of plants

Part of the Natural History Museum, and located inside the dreamy Jardin des Plantes, this zoo is one of the oldest in the world. Don’t miss this walk on the wild side in the heart of Paris.

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The Ménagerie du Jardin des Plantes opened in 1794. Over more than two centuries, it has been home to many species, including celebrated longstanding residents like Zarafa the giraffe in the 19th century, and today, Nénette, the female orangutan. This long history is visible in its buildings, listed historic monuments that provide part of the charm of your visit.

The zoo is home to a highly diverse group of 1,800 occupants, including mammals, birds, tortoises, crocodiles, lizards, snakes, amphibians, insects, crustaceans and arachnids. Small and medium-sized animals, best suited to the dimensions of the site, predominate. A conservation space for threatened species and a renowned centre of research, the menagerie is also home to many endangered animals.

After your visit, wander along the alleys of the beautiful Jardin des Plantes or visit a tropical forest – whatever the season – inside the garden’s extraordinary 17th-century greenhouses, the Grandes Serres.

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Community facilities

Access and contact

57 rue Cuvier
75005 Paris 5ème

Days and opening hours

All year round between 9 am and 6 pm.


  • Adult: 13 € Child: 10 €.
    Free entry for children < 3 years, disabled people and accompanying persons.


  • Picnic area


  • Educational visits
  • Shop
  • Restaurant
  • Fast food
  • Leisure Center


  • Activity


Spoken languages

  • French

Guided tour languages

  • French

Documentation languages (home)

  • French

Bulletin board languages

  • French

Single services tour

  • Unguided individual tours available permanently
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  • Hearing disability
  • Mental disability
  • Visual disability
  • Accessible for wheelchairs with assistance
  • WC + grab handle + adequate space to move
  • Reception staff sensitized to the reception of people with disabilities

57 rue Cuvier
75005 Paris 5ème

  • Copyright image:
  • MNHN - François Grandin