What is the link between Paris Zoo (Parc zoologique de Paris) and the National Museum of Natural History (Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle)?
The Museum encompasses 12 sites spread across France, including Paris Zoo (Parc zoologique de Paris), the Botanical Gardens (Jardin des Plantes) and the Museum of Mankind (Musée de l'Homme) in Paris.
A number of areas in the Botanical Gardens can be visited by the public, including the Evolution Gallery (Grande Galerie de l’Évolution), the Children’s Gallery (Galerie des Enfants), the Comparative Anatomy and Paleontology Galleries (Galeries d’Anatomie comparée et de Paléontologie), the Geology and Minerology Gallery (Galerie de Géologie et de Minéralogie), the Botanical Gardens’ Greenhouses (Grandes Serres du Jardin des Plantes) and the Ménagerie (the Botanical Gardens’ Historical zoo).
Two venues, the Museum’s Amphitheatre and the Evolution Gallery’s Auditorium, also host events as part of a free cultural programme.
If you would like to learn more about the Museum (such as its history, its work and its sites), please visit the Museum website at www.mnhn.fr.
How many species is Paris Zoo home to?
Paris Zoo is home to more than 3,000 animals and 255 different animal species.
Are Vincennes Zoo and Paris Zoo one and the same place?
As it is located at the edge of Vincennes Woods (Bois de Vincennes), Paris Zoo has commonly been referred to as “Vincennes Zoo” since it was opened. The Zoo, located in Paris’ 12th arrondissement, in an area of land provided by the City Hall, has always used "Paris Zoo" as its official name since it was founded in 1934.
Paris Zoo should not be confused with the Ménagerie, the zoo in the Botanical Gardens, which is also located in the capital and is also a National Museum of Natural History site.
Paris Zoo is a national museum of natural history site; what is the National Museum of Natural History?
The National Museum of Natural History is a cultural, scientific and professional public body. It is managed both by the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research and the French Ministry of Ecological Transition.
The Museum covers geoscience, life science and the human sciences in its five major areas of work: preserving and expanding its collections, research, higher education, expertise and sharing scientific knowledge.
If you would like to learn more about the Museum (such as its history, its work and its sites), please take a look at the “About the Museum” section at www.mnhn.fr/en/about-museum.
What is a typical day like at the zoo?
At the Paris zoo, go on a world tour on animal biodiversity. Come and meet hundreds of species and discover their original environment within our five zones. Walk around Patagonia and the African plain, visit Europe or make your way through the tropical forest and our greenhouse.
Demonstrations are given every day during your visit for moments of interaction and learning. Attend informative sessions and commented feedings, led by our scientific mediators and zookeepers (get the schedule on site). Follow a path around the zoo with varied activities based on our season specific themes. Reimagine the zoo through our exclusive events, exhibitions and games suitable for all ages.
To find out about all the zoo's activities, we invite you to visit our website regularly at https://www.parczoologiquedeparis.fr/fr/agenda/recherche as well as our programme for our seasonal events.
What are Paris Zoo’s opening hours? Which days is it open?
IT IS OPEN ALL YEAR ROUND, INCLUDING NATIONAL HOLIDAYS.
Paris Zoo’s opening hours vary depending on the season: if you would like to learn more, please take a look at the "Opening hours" page.
The ticket offices close one hour before the Zoo closes.
Which is the best day to visit the Zoo?
If the Zoo is very busy, particularly during the summer months, we would recommend visiting the Zoo in the morning before 11:00 am or in late afternoon after 4:00 pm.
How can i avoid queuing at the ticket offices?
You can buy queue-jump tickets from the Paris Zoo’s website at https://billetterie.mnhn.fr/fr_FR/parc-zoologique-de-paris
"Free tickets” are not available on the website. Visitors can only get a free ticket at the Zoo itself from the ticket office, on the day of their visit, so that the supporting documents required can be checked.
How long do i need in order to visit the Zoo?
The visitor route is 4 km long. The estimated visit time is between 3 and 4 hours (or half a day).
Is the Zoo open every day?
The Paris Zoo is open every day, including national holidays, except for 3 weeks in January (even on weekends) for its annual winter closure.
For more details, please take a look at the "Opening hours" page.
Are tickets purchased from a works council or reseller extended?
After the closure due to the pandemic, tickets purchased from a works council or a reseller have been extended.
In order to know the expiry date of your work council /reseller ticket, take your ticket and its date of issue. Hereafter, you will find the details of the extensions :
|Issue date of the work council/reseller ticket
|Between 15/03/2018 et le 30/06/2018
|Between 01/07/2018 et le 31/01/2019
|Between 01/02/2019 et le 31/03/2020
|Extension of 321 days
|Extension of 201 days
Where can I buy my tickets?
Booking as a group allows reduced admission prices compared to individual admission prices.
Groups with 20 people or more must book.
For more information and in order to make a booking, please contact our booking service via email at resamuseum [@] mnhn.fr. We recommend you to send your booking request about a month before your visit.
In order to guarantee you a pleasant visit in a safe environment:
- Maintain a distance of 1.5 meters minimum between you and other visitors and the zoo staff
- Wash your hands regularly
- Mask-wearing is no longer mandatory for both indoor and outdoor spaces
- Hand sanitiser dispensers are available along the way
- A Covid 19 health pass is not required at present
- Cleaning is reinforced throughout the zoo
Where can I buy food at the Zoo?
Our restaurants : Monument café Zoo de Paris and « Le Zarafa »
Our take-away kiosks : Rosie, Twiggy, Zakko.
Find out more on our "Services" page .
Is there a souvenir shop?
Our online shop offers a variety of souvenirs and gift ideas.
Find out more on our Services page.
For any questions, please contact us here.
Do i need to reserve a time slot for my visit?
For non-group visits, the reservation of a time slot is not required. Feel free to come at any day and time during our opening hours. To avoid queuing, you can get a ticket online here.
How much does an entry ticket for paris zoo cost? Where can you buy one?
You can buy tickets online in advance or at the Zoo on the day of your visit.
Reduced prices and free admission are available to visitors at the ticket offices if they present specific supporting documents, which are listed on the “Admission Prices” page.
1-day Entrance Ticket :
- Adult price (from 13 years old and up): €22
- Reduced adult price (from 13 years old and up): €17
- Children (3 - 12 years old): €17
Family Ticket :
-2 adults above 18 years old
-2 children from 3 to 12 years old with justification or photo I.D
Free entrance for children under 3 years old.
Check with your works committee for special admission prices.
Can i buy entry tickets for Paris Zoo with french holiday vouchers or culture vouchers?
We accept French holiday vouchers for buying entry tickets for Paris Zoo. French culture vouchers are not currently being accepted.
Please find all pricing information in the “Admission Prices” section.
Does Paris Zoo offer group admission prices?
If you book as a group, you can enjoy reduced admission prices compared to individual admission prices. Groups with 20 people or more must book.
For more information and in order to make a booking, please contact our booking service via email at resamuseum [@] mnhn.fr. We recommend you to send your booking request about a month before your visit.
For school and afterschool groups: please find the various packages and admission prices (such as self-guided tours or activities/full or reduced admission price) in the “School” section.
For other groups, the price is applied for groups of 20 people and up (paid tickets), with the following discounts (free admission for 1 person accompanying the group):
- Adults (from 13 years old and up): €15;
- Children (3-12 years old): €11,25;
- Free for children under 3 years old.
Please find all of the relevant information in the “Group” section.
In the case of a spontaneous presentation, the reception of a group cannot be guaranteed.
Are tickets bought online non-transferable?
On our online ticket office, the person making the purchase must provide their name, but this does not make tickets non-transferable. Therefore, you will be able to give them to another person.
How much does an annual pass for Paris Zoo cost? How do i get one?
The Annual Museum Pass is sold only on site. This subscription provides unlimited access to the Paris Zoological Park and 12 other sites of the National Museum of Natural History.
Adult (from 13 years old): €65
Child (3-12 years): €35
Find more information on the annual pass
Is the annual pass non-transferable?
The annual pass is effectively non-transferable.
Are Annual passes extended?
After the closure due to the pandemic, all annual passes are extended.
In order to know the expiry date of your pass, please take your annual pass with you and check the date of issue on the back. Hereafter, you will find the details of the extensions :
|Date of issue of the pass
|Between 01/07/2019 and 31/12/2019
|Between 01/01/2020 and 15/03/2020
|Between 01/06/2020 and 30/06/2020
|Between 01/07/2020 and 28/10/2020
In summer, the last admission is at 7:30 pm, including for visitors with tickets and passes.
Can i buy entry tickets in advance?
Yes, you can buy your tickets in advance on the Zoo’s website. This ticket gives you access to the Zoo without having to queue.
Who can get reduced admission prices and free admission?
You can only get reduced admission prices and free admission when you present a supporting document!
The following individuals will get reduced admission prices:
- Education Pass holders;
- visitors with a full-price adult ticket for the Botanical Gardens, Museum of Mankind or Paris Zoo that is less than 3 months old;
- jobseekers who are able to present a valid certificate from the French Unemployment Office (Pôle emploi) or a certificate issued less than 6 months ago, and a piece of photo ID;
- everyone paying full price in a non-school and non-equivalent group of 20 people and up (one free ticket is offered after 20 people have paid).
Free admission is granted to:
- children under 3 years old who are able to present a piece of photo ID or family record book;
- visitors with disabilities and their companion who are able to present a valid supporting document issued by French Regional Centres for Individuals with Disabilities (Maisons Départementales des Personnes Handicapées - MDPH);
- recipients of French social welfare benefits, as well as their dependents listed on the certificate, who are able to present a certificate issued less than 6 months ago, along with a piece of photo ID (tax credits (RSA), special welfare benefits (ASS), transitional welfare benefits (ATS), adult disability benefits (AAH), additional disability benefits (ASI), widowhood benefits (AV), welfare benefits for elderly people (ASPA) and material-need benefits (RSO), as per the list from the French Ministry of Health and Welfare, valid in October 2017);
- museum staff (an adult and their accompanying children) who are able to present the MultiPass Museum card;
- museum students who are able to present a valid card and a piece of photo ID;
- people with a valid ICOM/ICOMOS card who are able to present a valid identity card;
- teachers preparing a self-guided tour who are able to present a supporting document from their school, or teachers preparing for a guided tour or workshop who are able to present confirmation of their booking;
- French or foreign journalists who are able to present a professional pass (with validity date);
- French military personnel with a guardsman card (carte sentinelle);
- 1 extra person in groups of at least 20 people (all admission prices, excluding free admissions), with a limit of one person per group (such as a driver).
- groups training for the Regional Office for Water and Forest Management (DIREF), accompanied by a member of Museum staff.
- staff from bodies which are members of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA), the French Zoo Association (AFDPZ) and the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) who are able to present a valid supporting document and a piece of ID.
All visitors, including those granted free admission must have an entry ticket. Visitors can only get a free ticket from the ticket office at the Zoo itself, on the day of their visit, once they have presented supporting documents.
I am entitled to free admission. Do i have to go to the ticket office?
Yes, “free tickets” are not available on the website. Visitors can only get a free ticket from the ticket office at the Zoo itself, on the day of their visit, so that the supporting documents required can be checked.
You can take a look at the list of supporting documents that can be presented on the “Admission Prices” page.
Which payment methods are accepted at the ticket office?
We accept payments by bank card (American Express included), cash, cheque and French holiday vouchers.
Can you extend the validity date for a ticket?
Unfortunately, our system technically does not allow us to extend the validity of tickets issued. For reference, tickets bought at the Zoo are valid on the day that they are purchased, tickets bought on our website are valid until their indicated expiration date and works committee tickets are valid for 2 years.
How do i book breakfast with the giraffes?
Before the zoo opens, you can enjoy a special breakfast featuring the first giraffe feeding session of the day, overseen by the zookeepers and the zoo’s mediators. Please note that all activities are conducted in French only.
How do i book an “Apprentice zookeeper” ticket for the manatees, lemurs or birds in the African Aviary?
Set foot into the daily life of our zookeepers, and discover fascinating worlds through a premium backstage visit of some species’ enclosures. Please note that all activities are conducted in French only.
How do I book a discovery tour of the parc, or a birthday party ?
All activities are conducted in French only.
Reservation and information by e-mail at resamuseum[@]mnhn.fr
We recommend that you send your reservation request about a month before the desired date.
How do i buy tickets in large numbers?
How do i get to paris zoo on public transport?
Paris Zoo is located at the junction between Avenue Daumesnil and Route de la Ceinture du Lac, 75012 Paris. In order to get to the Zoo on public transport, you can use:
- the metro: a number of stations and metro lines serve Paris Zoo:
• line 8: Porte Dorée station - less than 7 minutes on foot to the Zoo’s entrance,
• line 1: Saint-Mandé station, and then bus 86 or 325 (heading towards Saint-Mandé Demi-Lune Parc Zoologique and heading towards Bibliothèque François Mitterand),
• line 1: Château de Vincennes station, and then bus 46 (heading towards Gare du Nord);
- buses: 46, 86 and 325, getting off at the “Parc zoologique” stop;
- the tram: line T3a, getting off at the “Porte Dorée” stop.
There are vélib' docking points and autolib' parking facilities near the Zoo’s entrance on Avenue Daumesnil.
Is there a left-luggage office?
There are no left-luggage offices for visitors to use, following government decisions around security (the Vigipirate Bombing Plan), which has been increased for public buildings.
How do i get to the zoo by car?
There are no car parks near Paris Zoo. In the interests of sustainable development and convenience, we would recommend that our visitors use public transport.
However, the Zoo has negotiated discounted rates in car parks near the Zoo with its partners, in order to make it easier and cheaper for motorists to get here. In order to book your space in advance and get the discounted rates, please go to the booking portal at parkingsdeparis.com/en.
Please note: the reduced parking rates are only available online.
There are three disabled parking spaces available near the entrance on Avenue Daumesnil.
For groups of visitors, there are three coach drop-off spaces near the entrance on Avenue Daumesnil. There are coach parking spaces available in the “Cours des Maréchaux” car park (near to Vincennes Castle) or in Bercy. In order to book your space or for any other additional information, please visit the passautocar.paris.fr/en website.
For more information on public transport, feel free to take a look at the “Getting Here” page.
Where to get food at the zoo?
Various food & drink options are available on site.
Our restaurants :
- Monument café Zoo de Paris, by the courtyard at the entrance of the zoo
- The Zarafa, located in front of the giraffes
Our take-away kiosks (European and African biozones) :
Our drink and snack machines.
To learn more, take a look at the Services page.
Can I have a picnic at the Zoo?
There are two picnic areas equipped with tables, benches and drinking-water fountains at the Zoo, where you can rest and have something to eat.
They both appear on maps available at the Zoo’s entrance.
Please do not bring sharp objects (knives) with you, as they are not allowed at the Zoo.
What can be bought at the Zoo’s shop?
Paris Zoo’s shop boasts a unique collection of products for all ages, including educational books and toys for little ones and souvenirs for the whole family. Our shop is open every day and our team will be delighted to welcome you and assist you.
Strollers, binoculars, wheelchairs hire & phone application
Wheelchairs can be borrowed free of charge on site, upon request. In addition, visitors must provide an identity document as a deposit.
The renting of pushchairs (5€) and binoculars (2€) is back and available at the cashier office of the park. Visitors must also provide an identity document as a deposit.
Rental equipment must be returned 30 minutes before closing.
Moreover, a free App for mobile phones is available for download. Content is available in multiple languages and allows you an audio-described tour
What birthday party options are available at the Zoo?
If your child would like to celebrate their birthday at Paris Zoo, we can provide an entertainer to host their celebration. Please choose one of three activities that we can put on for their event:
- Grand Voyage (4-6 years old);
- Superhero (7-11 years old);
- Trainee Naturalist (7-11 years old).
You will have a memorable day, with activities to help you learn about the animals, snacks and (free-roaming) access to the Zoo.
If you would like to make a booking, please get in touch with the Zoo’s booking department by email at resa.pzp[@]mnhn.fr . We recommend that you send your reservation request about a month before the desired date.
The activity is conducted in French only.
If you would like more information, please go to the “Birthday Party Events” page.
Are visitors with disabilities and their companions entitled to free admission?
Yes, visitors with disabilities and their companions who are able to present a valid supporting document (on the day of the visit) issued by French Regional Centres for Individuals with Disabilities may enter the Zoo free of charge.
Is the Zoo accessible to visitors with disabilities?
Visitors with reduced mobility, deaf and hearing-impaired visitors, visitors with intellectual disabilities and blind and partially sighted visitors can access Paris Zoo independently. However, we would recommend that they are accompanied.
For individuals with reduced mobility, Paris Zoo has 3 disabled parking spaces: two spaces located on Avenue Daumesnil and one space located on Route de Ceinture du Lac Daumesnil.
If you would like more information, please take a look at the following sections:
Wheelchairs can be borrowed on site, free of charge, and upon request. In addition, visitors must provide an identity document as a deposit.
How do i sponsor an animal?
In order to sponsor an animal at Paris Zoo, go to the “Sponsorship” section, then “See all animals available to sponsor” and choose the animal that you would like to sponsor.
Once you are on the page for the animal that you would like to sponsor, select the sponsorship form at the bottom of the page and then click on “Confirm my sponsorship”. Then go to the Sponsor Area on the left-hand side of the page in order to finalise your application.
You can also sponsor an animal by sending a cheque by post, along with the completed sponsorship form.
What does it mean to sponsor an animal?
By sponsoring the animals, in-situ and ex-situ conservation work can be undertaken. The National Museum of Natural History, through Paris Zoo, invests in a number conservation and protection programmes for various species. Sponsorship helps to finance more than thirty animal protection and conservation operations in a number of countries, such as Madagascar, French Guiana, France and Chile. You can find more information about initiatives funded by sponsorship in the “Sponsorship” section.
As a sponsor, you will regularly receive updates about the animal that you are sponsoring. The benefits are detailed in the “Sponsorship” section.
How is my money going to be used?
Thanks to your sponsorship, a number of measures to conserve and protect species can be undertaken in a very wide range of complementary areas of activity, such as inventorying and surveying animal populations, managing and studying populations in-situ and ex-situ, reintroducing species into their natural habitat, awareness-raising and education, genetics, research and veterinary medicine.
Thanks to the donations from our sponsors, Paris Zoo has been able to improve the wellbeing of its animals, as well as support the development of awareness-raising measures on European otters, of a project to reintroduce manatees into their natural habitat and of research and veterinary science, as well as so much more.
If you would like more information, please go to the “Sponsorship” page.
Can schools sponsor an animal?
Yes, schools can take part in the animal sponsorship programme.
Do you take in animals?
On health grounds and for space reasons, we do not take in animals at the Zoo.
Is it possible to feed the animals and pet them?
You are not allowed to feed the animals. The creatures at our Zoo are wild animals and visitors are therefore not allowed to feed them. They follow a species-specific diet, which has been put together by our vets. Likewise, you are not allowed to touch them. In some instances, for example, sea lions can be touched by their keepers only, as part of medical practice runs (in order to get the animals used to being handled for testing, such as ultrasound scans and x-rays, without having to sedate them).
Do the animals have enough space?
Paris Zoo was fully renovated between 2008 and 2014 in order to prioritise animal wellbeing and an immersive visitor experience. With this in mind, the enclosures meet European recommendations established by groups of experts, each of whom is a specialist in their particular species. The space available in their enclosure plays a significant role in this wellbeing, but many other aspects are considered for each different species, so that the animals can behave as freely and naturally as they would in their natural habitat. This includes changes in topography, areas hidden away from public view, viewpoints at different heights for the animals and strategies to encourage individuals to explore the enclosures.
Can i see the animals during winter?
During winter and due to cold weather, some animals might not be visibible and others might stay in their indoor enclosures/sheltered feeding pens.
Which is the best time of day to see the animals?
Paris Zoo has been designed to ensure that its animals enjoy the highest levels of wellbeing possible. In particular, they have areas where they can shelter temporarily. If you cannot see the animals while you are passing by their enclosures, feel free to come back a little later on. Just like how they behave in the wild, our animals are often more active in the early morning and late in the day, particularly when it is very hot. In any event, please take some time at the enclosures to spot the animals. Don’t forget to look in the trees, under the bushes, in the huts and more! For some species, there will be signs pointing out the areas most often used by the animals for resting.
Every day, animal feeding experiences will be put on. During these shows, you will be able to watch animals in action, while listening to information about them from the Zoo’s educational team and the zookeepers.
During my visit, i did not see some animals that appear on the map. Why?
The Zoo aims to help to protect animal species. In the interests of our animals’ wellbeing, we have kitted out our animals’ enclosures to provide them an environment that is tailored to their daily needs. This means that for species that so require, some parts of the enclosure are hidden away from public view, so that these animals have a peaceful area to rest. The species appearing on the map are in the Zoo, so if you come back at different times during the day, you will be able to see them.
Does the Zoo take part in programmes to reintroduce species into their natural habitat?
When appropriate, the Zoo may take part in programmes setting out to reintroduce or build up populations. The Zoo has done so with scimitar oryxes and, in 2017, with griffon vultures. However, it should be noted that reintroducing animals into their natural habitat is not an automatic process and requires significant preparation. It is not scientifically sound or possible to reintroduce all species.
As a result of a large number of constraints, species are rarely reintroduced into their natural habitat and success is by no means guaranteed. The role of zoos in these projects is to maintain a reservoir of potentially useful genetic diversity and support them in terms of finances, equipment, human resources and more.
Can i go on a behind-the-scenes tour?
As the Paris Zoo is a public body, you unfortunately cannot go on a full behind-the-scenes tour. However, you can access specific parts of the Zoo with the “Apprentice Zookeeper” activities involving manatees, lemurs, the vivarium, and birds in the aviary.
Do you accept internship, block release training, or apprenticeship contracts?
Following the new health measures, all recruitments are suspended temporarily, except for current offers available under the Recruitement section.
Would you like to apply for a position at Paris Zoo?
Please take a look at the current vacancies in the Jobs section for the National Museum of Natural History.