Menagerie du Jardin de Plantes, Paris

We were on our way to Jardin de Plantes the botanical gardens, but our ultimate destination this day was the Mosque de Paris for lunch in its restaurant.  We made this unscheduled stopover.

It was a couple of hours well spent and we saw species we have not seen in any other zoos, the white snow leopard for instance. There were three and all wide awake roaming around the enclosure, all the better for us to see what an enormously long and thick tails they have, has not to mention the sensational and glamorous coat.

This bird was wearing an exotic hat, my friend Mary Dickinson who loves hats would be inspired if she was here. We also spent much time admiring the many species of owls that were wide awake for a change and they met our gaze equally with their penetrating stares.

Most visitors here would be French people and of course small children but we regressed for a time and loved it. This zoo is well regarded for its research and since most zoos are on the outskirts or in regional towns it was a novelty to be able to walk there easily from our apartment.

The monkey families had interconnecting suites that led indoor and outdoor, so some variety for their environments, not ideal for their investigative spirit but quite spacious in terms of exercise.

This yak needed company, he came right over for a look and made a horrific deep growling sound.

First time I have ever seen one. He has serious dreadlocks.

Last pic is of the bronze outside the reptile enclosure, it is quite exquisite.

Ok that’s it…. I am not going to bore you with the rest of my menagerie photos I just want to share the possibility that you may like to take it in when next in Paris.


  1. #1 by Celia @ Fig Jam and Lime Cordial on October 4, 2010 - 12:08 am

    You couldn’t bore me with these photos, Roz, please post more! I’m amazed at the wildlife – all animals I’ve never seen before except on television. How magnificent is that snow leopard! And the flamingos are sooo pink! Thanks for taking pics for us…

  2. #2 by australiss on October 4, 2010 - 11:35 am

    I love the photos -not boring at all. I also love the sculpture.

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