Paris Zoo (Parc Zoologique de Paris)

The Paris Zoo is vastly improved after 6 years of renovations

A young giraffe welcomes visitors to Parc Zoologique de Vincennes
A young giraffe welcomes visitors to Parc Zoologique de Vincennes cc licensed photo by spacejulien

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.

Nearby attractions: Bois de Vincennes, Château de Vincennes and Palais de la Porte Doree - (Tropical Aquarium)

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Yes

Currently Closed

Hours This Week:
  • Monday: 9:30 AM – 8:30 PM
  • Tuesday: 9:30 AM – 8:30 PM
  • Wednesday: 9:30 AM – 8:30 PM
  • Thursday: 9:30 AM – 8:30 PM
  • Friday: 9:30 AM – 8:30 PM
  • Saturday: 9:30 AM – 8:30 PM
  • Sunday: 9:30 AM – 8:30 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
M1Saint-Mandé‎16 minutes
M8Porte Dorée12 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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Rated 3.9 out of 5Parc Zoologique de Paris Star Rating

5 Star Rating I loved this zoo! You have the opportunity to get up close to many different and big animals. Most zoos you look at the big animals (especially the cats) from quite a distance. But here they are not far away. I love the fact that they offer many different viewing angles to see the animals. You are almost always guaranteed to see them. The one downside is that the only true picnic area is at the beginning. So if you are on the opposite side of where that is you have to walk a ways to get there and then walk a ways back to start where you left off.

Kris Kunde - 14 days ago

5 Star Rating I'm from SoCal, USA, so I'm used to zoos like the San Diego Zoo, and I have to say I'm impressed by this zoo. It has a good selection of animals which often share large enclosures, which makes it easy to see natural behaviors as well as gives them enough space. The trails are nice and flat. Food is better than average for zoo food. I definitely suggest going here if you have the time.

Bell Griffith - 17 days ago

3 Star Rating The zoo is well maintained, the big glass walls that offer Lookout on many of the animals are amazing. Especially the one with water and sea lions behind it is impressive. But the landscape architecture and my overall impression is of a very tame and non adventurous park. Very much a family type park, there is a grassy picknick area inside. Don't miss the black Jaguar, it's a magnificent beast...

Mark V - 21 days ago

5 Star Rating Zoo has many different species of animals and fishes which we had never seen before. Animals are kept in tidy conditions. There is an area which is maintained like a tropical forest and many colorful birds are roaming free there. There is a cage through which you can pass through and different kinds of birds are there inside flying around. Seals and penguins are kept in a large water reservoir.

khuri pasha - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating 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 - 2 months ago


Check out the cute and exotic critters in this HD video of the newly refurbished Paris Zoo

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