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Jeune lion © MNHN - F-G Grandin

A new concept of zoo

Completely immersed in each of the five biozones, you can observe and learn about the behaviour of the zoo’s thousand or so animals (around 180 species) in the wild as they move around their recreated natural environments.

An immersion concept

The key principles behind the zoo’s architectural and landscape design are showing the animals in surroundings which replicate their native ecosystems, respecting their welfare and immersing the visitor. Home to around 180 species and over a thousand animals, including mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates, the zoo takes you on a genuine world tour of animal biodiversity.

The Parc Zoologique de Paris, more commonly known as "Vincennes Zoo", has been an integral part of Parisian heritage for 80 years. Fully renovated after 27 months of work, it was reopened to the public on 12th April, 2014.

The new zoo is a modern conservation site for protecting species and developing the collections of living animals, including education and raising public awareness of the importance of preserving biodiversity.

Immersed within five biozones, you see the animal in an environment which is as close to its natural habitat as possible. The enclosure design prioritises the animal’s welfare and allows you to observe and learn about the animal’s behaviour in the wild.

The Parc Zoologique de Paris is also a venue for relaxation and leisure, a place where everyone can explore and have fun while learning, from families with young children, to pensioners and people with disabilities or social issues.

The Parc Zoologique de Paris is also a place for research and expertise in a variety of specialised fields, such as veterinary science, conservation, behavioural and reproductive biology, evolutionary biology, conservation psychology and raising public awareness.

Animal welfare

At the Parc Zoologique de Paris, the animals are the ambassadors of their native land, effectively conveying the threat the destruction of their habitat poses to their very survival.

Completely immersed in each of the five biozones, you can observe and learn about the behaviour of the zoo’s thousand or so animals (around 180 species) in the wild as they move around their recreated natural environments.

The zoo is home to iconic species (giraffes and wolves), less well-known species (wolverines and manatees), endangered species involved in European breeding programmes (Humboldt penguins and the crowned sifaka) and species involved in international conservation programmes (lemurs and white rhinoceroses).

The animal species represented at the Parc Zoologique de Paris were selected according to their appeal, their educational and scientific value and according to the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) conservation criteria.

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