330 rue de Vaugirard, Paris, FR, 75015
- Phone: (33) 1 48 28 0374
- Fax: (33) 1 48 28 7517
La Ménagerie du Jardin des Plantes
Mo to Su from 09:00 AM to 05:30 PMLa Ménagerie du Jardin des Plantes comprises the Jardin Des Plants' zoological display area, continually operating since its construction in 1794. The lengthy history of one of the world's oldest zoos is reflected in the architectural styles of animal enclosures. Small log cabins are still used to house the more diminutive animal displays while newer additions such as the aviary (inspired by Marie Antoinette's farm displays and constructed 1888) and the vivarium (1926) trace a legacy from Beaux Arts to deco. The sheer amount of animals on display here, clocking in around 1800, is impressive enough, only augmented by the fact that 30 percent of the menagerie consists of near-extinct species. A site of inspiration and conservation, this zoological treasure relies on ticket sales to help acclimate endangered animals and return them to their natural habitats.