Parc Zoologique de Paris (Zoological Park of Paris)
From the Patagonian pampas to the dry forests of Madagascar, discover a zoo which has been completely transformed and become immersed in the animals’ natural habitats.
Le Parc Zoolologique de Paris, un monde à explorer
As soon as you walk through the entrance to the Parc, you are completely immersed. You enter an area colonised by a jungle of climbing plants. A powerful reminder that Man, animals and plants all share the same planet! Introductions over, follow the golden thread. The main trail takes you through the Zoo’s five biozones, with paths leading off it to reveal the behind-the-scenes areas such as the veterinary clinic and the kitchen. So, are you ready for adventure?
From the Far South to the Tropics
Let’s start off with Patagonia, with its pampas, rocky coastline and Andean forest. Don’t miss the South American sea-lions basking on the rocks near the Humboldt penguins. And then you find yourself already in the Sahel-Sudan region, with its savannas and delta. Here lions lie on the rocks warming themselves while giraffes quench their thirst in the company of the Greater Kudu and ostriches.
Europe, Guyana and Madagascar
You see Europe with its conifer forest, scrubland, marshland and cold mountains. You simply have to stop at the vivarium, a new feature located under the Great Rock where you will discover the reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates which help make up the incredible wealth of European wildlife! Just a few steps further and the Amazon-Guyana biozone comes into view with its equatorial plant life, creeks and rivers. Tapirs, jaguars and bush dogs love roaming around here. Last port of call, Madagascar. Here the tropical rainforest is populated with lemurs and colourful birds such as the Madagascar Crested Ibis, while the tropical dry forest is home to the fossa, the largest carnivore on the island.
Mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates. Nearly 180 species and over a thousand animals await to take you on a round-the-world tour of biodiversity. They have been selected extremely carefully according to conservation criteria as well as their potential appeal and educational and scientific value. As a result, you will find iconic animals such as giraffes and wolves, and some which are less well-known like wolverines and manatees. Almost 50 of the species on display, such as the European otter, the griffon vulture, the manatee, the titi, the fossa, the crowned sifaka, the giraffe and the oryx are the subjects of national action plans, European breeding programmes or international conservation programmes.
Fun and educational
To make the most of your visit, get completely involved in the various activities and events bringing you closer to the zoo and its animals. As you leave each biozone, there is an exploration stand waiting for you. Why not also stop at the meeting points with the teams, at feeding times or during medical training, for example? Watch the staff as they go about their work through glass walls and find out about professions such as zoo-keeper, vet or ethologist… Take part in a themed guided tour or a family discovery workshop…
A never-ending story
The Zoo was built for the 1931 Colonial Exhibition in Paris and showed the public exotic animals in a “natural” setting. It was a tremendous success, but as time passed, the buildings became dilapidated. In the 2000s, the 900 or so residents were re-homed in other European zoos. Only a few lemurs and the 16 giraffes remained. After being closed for over 5 years and 27 months of renovation works, a zoo of the 3rd millenium reopened its gates. Make a commitment like the zoo to protecting biodiversity!