Parc Zoologique de Paris
May to August: 9:30am to 8:30pm. September to October: 9:30am to 6:00pm on weekdays. Open till 7:30pm on weekends and public holidays. October to May: 10:00am to 5pm. Closed Tuesdays and public holidays.
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Even as major urban centers go, Paris is an overwhelmingly human-dominated environment. It’s easy to go months without seeing any more than two-toed pigeons and spaniel-sized rats in the way of nature. Yet, though you may not realize it, the French capital has everything you need to go on a veritable safari. There are zoos, aquariums, farms, and green spaces dedicated to the local wildlife right at your doorstep. Read on to find out more!
These bird sanctuaries, tucked away in quiet corners of the parks, have custom-built hides which allow visitors to get up close and personal with the area’s native bird species without disturbing them. The streamside huts are particularly good for spotting migratory species of waterfowl. There are information sheets on hand to help you identify your new feathered friends, and if you have binoculars be sure to bring them along to help with some of the smaller woodland residents like the tree creeper and the wren.