During a family weekend, I went to the Zoo de Vincennes, that I had not done since its reopening. The afternoon was full of ride and animal discoveries. What about letting my grandfather (Papy Pierrot) tell you more about the zoo ?
Here is the article he wrote following our visit …
Did you know it ?
In 1860, Mr. Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, director of the National Museum of Natural History, advocates the use of an annex to the menagerie of the Jardin des Plantes. The same year, the law of July 7 grants to the Museum 15 hectares in the Bois de Vincennes, which wad the property of the petite Couronne (crown) that has been sold to the City of Paris. But lack of money, the zoo was not created and the land was used for planting and farming.
However the colonial exhibition in 1931 enables the creation of a temporary zoo from May 15 to 15 November. After its closing, an agreement was signed with the City of Paris to create a permanent zoo which is inaugurated June 2, 1934 by President Albert Lebrun.
But over the years, the park is deteriorating and the number of vistors decreases fom 1.5 million per year in 1968 to only 300,000 in 2004.
The park closes so in 2008. But money is still missing and requires private funds : Bouygues and Caisse d’Epargne represent 94% of the funding (€ 157 million), in exchange for an annual rent of 15 million for 25 years.
The zoo is renamed “Parc Zoologique de Paris” and reopens on August 12, 2014.
Now, my personal opinion (that is only my own one!). From the entrance, a slight disappointment: no more clay alleys and but cement. It’s more like an amusement park than a zoo. Disappointment for photographers with the presence of large windows.
But great joy, especially for children, the animals seem very close ! We could almost touch them.
Another change, but it is positive: the small fauna is honored.
Certainly the five great beasts are represented, but only a few specimens, except for a couple of very large white rhinos very…
The tropical greenhouse is also worth seeing, but always emphasizing the “small” and the colors . The best one is a simple tree branch on which we see a colony of ants, flowing in both directions, with leaf tips of at least 10 times their own size.
Let our spiel here to show you some personal photos: my apologies for the slight blurring and shadows: the fault lies more with the glazing that the photographer !
Parc Zoologique de Paris
Avenue Daumesnil, 75012 Paris
Open every day, look here for more information.
- Adults: €22
- Young visitors (aged 12 – 25): €16.50
- Children (aged 3 – 11): €14