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Zoo Bois de Vincennes, Paris

Address 53, AVENUE DE SAINT-MAURICE – 75012
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This critique last updated:  Jan 2008

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This review submitted by Neils Johs. Legarth Iversen January 2001
The French Capital has got two zoos, though only the place in the Bois the Vincennes carries the name (i.e. Zoo de Paris), – the other close to the Gare d'Austerlitz has always been called Ménagerie. I remember that when I first visited Paris I spent almost all my time close to the Seine. Later I included more of the central parts of Paris in my explorations, but it take several visits before I got out to the Bois de Vincennes, which is a large wooden area in the eastern parts of Paris. Out here you find a castle, a fine botanical garden (“Parque Floral”), a lake with boats and other sports… and then of course also the zoo. It occupies a triangular area of modest size (15 ha), and you can – at least in summer – enter from all three corners. Assuming you arrive from the Northwest (which will be the case if you come from metro Porte Dorée) you pass between some hoofed animals to get to the sacred spot where the giant panda can be venerated. Continue to the giraffe and turn left; you are now heading towards a modest house containing one of the rarest residents in the zoo, namely the spooky aye-aye from Madagascar, – I think the number of zoos in the world that show this animal can be counted on one hand. The zoo also has a good collection of lemurs. If you walk back to the giraffe (or rather to the sea lions) and continue counterclockwise along the perimeter (though to the left around the elephants), you will pass just about every other exhibit in the zoo. At one point you pass a very dramatic statue of a woolly mammoth, – what a pity that we can see those alive in our zoos! At another spot towards the east there is an artificial mountain, but otherwise it is mostly flat terrain. This 'mountain' is inhabited by mouflons, markhors and vultures.
Strangely enough this zoo, which is considered the number one zoo in France, has not got a proper home page, – the nearest thing to that kind of thing is the single page at http://www.mnhn.fr/mnhn/sites/parczoo.html



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