Jardin des Plantes … When a zoo is a menagerie …

I love zoos. Therefore, I often go walk around in Paris’s two zoos –  Vincennes Zoo and the Jardin des Plantes Zoo. I even have an annual pass for the Vincennes one. You can read what I wrote about the Vincennes Zoo here  The Jardin des Plantes Zoo is different. It is smaller. Very much […]

Jardin des Plantes’ Pink Flamingoes (cc Mailyn Z. Tomlins)

I love zoos.

Therefore, I often go walk around in Paris’s two zoos –  Vincennes Zoo and the Jardin des Plantes Zoo. I even have an annual pass for the Vincennes one.

You can read what I wrote about the Vincennes Zoo here 

The Jardin des Plantes Zoo is different. It is smaller. Very much smaller. This is probably why it is called here in Paris ‘La Ménagerie, Le Zoo du Jardin des Plantes’.

Zoo and Ménagerie : small zoo, in other words.

So, le voilà.

All the same I always spend a couple of very pleasant hours here with the animals. My favourite is the Panther who hails from Northern China. He can live to 27 years. Somehow I do not think that this beautiful creature would like being locked up in this enclosure for 27 years.

Jardin des Plantes’ Panther (cc Marilyn Z. Tomlins)

Another favourite of mine is the Southern Cassoway bird. In French: Casoar a Casque. He is quite majestic, but took no notice of me.

Jardin des Plantes’ Cassoway Bird (cc Marilyn Z.Tomlins)

The Ménagerie is in Paris’s 5th arrondissement (district) and as its name implies it is in Paris’s ‘Jardin des Plantes’ park.  The Gare d’Austerlitz is right next to the park, but not to worry, the park is peaceful and no railroad noises will disturb you.

I am sure you will enjoy your visit to the Ménagerie – oh, let’s call it a zoo!

Jardin des Plantes’ Przewalski Horses (cc Marilyn Z.Tomlins)

Jardin des Plantes’ Wallabies (cc Marilyn Z. Tomlins)

And here is the park 

Jardin des Plantes (cc Marilyn Z.Tomlins)

 

 

 

Marilyn Z. Tomlins

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