For those who love animals and care about the environment the Paris Zoo is a wonderful place to visit. There is so much to see and do that one should expect to spend at least half a day there. The idea of the zoo started in 1931 when exotic animals were put on display in a temporary zoo during an exhibition. It was such a success that over five million people excitedly came to gawk at the animals between May-November. This obvious demanding interest started the idea of setting up a permanent zoo. So, in 1934, the Paris Zoo got its start.
The zoo's features and facilities begun to quickly deteriorate in the early 1980s and a renovation plan became a pressing need. Many of the features had to eventually be closed off to visitors at the zoo and animals were relocated as the zoo's enclosures and facilities could no longer accommodate them. In November 30th 2008 the zoo closed its doors to the public for major renovations. The zoo was reopened April 12 2014 after being closed for nearly six years.
Now the zoo has wonderful new buildings with the best conditions and comfort to accommodate 1000 animals. There are 180 different species from five different regions of the world and sixteen natural environments. It took animal scientists several years of studying animal welfare to know what animals they could successfully house in the zoo before it opened. The Paris Zoo is the only zoo in the world to be completely be renovated.
Today you can enjoy watching the happy animals that benefited from all that hard research and physical work by strolling along the completely updated pathway with its nearly one hundred benches to sit down and rest on.
The Zoo has something for everyone. You can sign up for one of the paid guided tours where there is an educational theme that teaches the importance of water for our environment to life plus learn about the park and the many animals and other living creatures. You can also arrange to go to the zoo before opening and help feed the giraffes their breakfast or watch the feeding of the lions, plus other animals.
The Zoo has two picnic areas for those who like to bring their own lunch or some restaurants for those who would rather not.
There is a gift shop for the whole family to appreciate and bring home special souvenirs including educational books and toys for the younger ones in the group.
The Paris Zoo has wheelchair loans and is completely wheelchair accessible plus they do accommodate other disabilities such as hearing and vision impairments as they highly want to promote access for everyone to enjoy their experience.
Facts For Your VisitFee: Yes
Open NowHours This Week:
- Monday: 9:30 AM – 7:30 PM
- Tuesday: 9:30 AM – 7:30 PM
- Wednesday: 9:30 AM – 7:30 PM
- Thursday: 9:30 AM – 7:30 PM
- Friday: 9:30 AM – 7:30 PM
- Saturday: 9:30 AM – 7:30 PM
- Sunday: 9:30 AM – 7:30 PM
Address: Avenue Daumesnil, 75012 Paris, France
Phone: 0 811 22 41 22
Official Website: Paris Zoo (Parc Zoologique de Paris)
|Metro / RER Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|M8||Porte Dorée||12 minutes|
How to get to Paris Zoo (Parc Zoologique de Paris) by Metro / RER
By Metro: From Metro Line 1 exit at Saint-Mandé Station and walk straight south along Avenue du General de Gaulle.
From Metro Line 8 exit at Porte Dorée Station via Boulevard Poniatowsky and walk southeast along Edourd Renard Place and continue on Avenue Daumesnil to the zoo entrance.
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Ratedout of 5
Was really surprised at how good the zoo was, especially after reading so many negative reviews about the place. It was very clean and tidy, the animal enclosures were all well maintained and looked fairly spacious. There were plenty of different species to check out on a long walk around the zoo. You can easily spend a few hours here. The layout of the zoo is very good, you get a map at the entrance and can plan a route around that involves next to no backtracking and still see everything. Lastly, food and drink were very reasonably priced considering most zoos charge a premium. At least in my experience.
Jayour Morgan - 15 days ago
I was so impressed by the Paris ZOO, there's a really amazing little restaurant inside where a man who only spoke French managed to break the language barrier and make it my favourite places to eat in Paris
Sean Carlin - 2 months ago
Large new zoo open after a long renovation period. Zoo is built around a great rock, a pretend mountain containing a large aviary. No great apes or elephants in the zoo. Large tropical house with manatees and monkeys.Large enclosures for rhinos, lions and giraffes. Nice exhibits for penguins and sealion. Not many animals compared to other zoo's.
Trevor Bowyer - 4 months ago
Although the zoo isn't huge it is well set out and easy to get round. I loved seeing the penguins! Well worth a look.
j farrell - 7 months ago