Parc Zoologique

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Nestled in the heart of the city - or if not quite the heart, the outskirts of the 12th arrondissement - Le Parc Zoologique de Paris, also affectionately known as the Paris Zoo, is a place where even the most dedicated city dweller can connect with nature without having to don hiking boots or rub insect repellent. This urban oasis, stretching over 14.5 hectares of the Bois de Vincennes, is not your average backyard garden but a home to over 2,000 animals, representing about 180 species. And no, they haven’t figured out how to use the Paris Metro.

The Paris Zoo, reborn in 2014 after a two-year facelift, is now a beacon of modern zoo-keeping, focusing on conservation, education, and ensuring the animals have more legroom than your average economy class flight. The park is cleverly divided into five 'biozones' – simulating different global ecosystems, from the Sahel-Sudan plain to the Patagonia landscape. It's quite the global tour without the jet lag. Visitors have the chance to walk through these biozones, each offering a unique window into different worlds, marvelling at the likes of lumbering rhinos, secretive jaguars, and perhaps the biggest show-offs, the giraffes, who can't seem to resist showing off their impressive height.

But the Paris Zoo is more than just an animal exhibit. It's a place where conservation and education go hand in hand, inspiring visitors to learn about the importance of biodiversity and their role in protecting it. From interactive exhibits on climate change to behind-the-scenes tours, there are plenty of opportunities for both kids and adults alike to discover the fascinating world of our animal companions and their habitats.

And let's not forget about the zoo's newest addition – a state-of-the-art greenhouse filled with over 6,000 plants, showcasing the importance of plant life in sustaining animal populations. As you wander through this lush oasis, you can't help but feel a sense of tranquility and appreciation for the natural world. Also, where else can you see lions and giraffes with the Eiffel Tower as their backdrop? Now that's a photo opportunity worth bragging about!


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Open 09:30 - 18:00.


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