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Paris Zoological Park

Paris Zoological Park
Date opened June 2, 1934
Location 53, avenue de Saint-Maurice, 75012 Paris, France
Land area 14.5 hectares (36 acres)
Number of animals 1,000
Number of species 180
Memberships EAZA
Website .frparczoologiquedeparis

The Paris Zoological Park (parc zoologique de Paris), formerly known as the Bois de Vincennes Zoological Park (French pronunciation: ​), and commonly called the Vincennes Zoo, is a facility of the National Museum of Natural History, located in the 12th arrondissement of Paris, which covers an area of 14.5 hectares (36 acres) in the bois de Vincennes. Designed to complement the Ménagerie du Jardin des plantes, this zoo is dedicated to the observation of animal behavior in a more suitable environment. Since its opening in 1934, it is remarkable for its large artificial 65 m (213 ft) high rock, iconic scenery of the park, visible from afar and popularly called the "Big Rock". This zoo include a greenhouse of 4,000 m2 (43,000 sq ft) sheltering a tropical rainforest climate.

The zoo was closed between 30 November 2008 and the 12 April 2014 for becoming dilapidated and too small for its residents according to criteria of the twenty-first century. The renovation, which began December 7, 2011, took place over nearly two and a half years. The pens have been fully reviewed and grouped into five major natural environments (called biozones). The work allowed them to reach modern standards for animal comfort, public safety and museology, with increased attention to the respect of the environment.

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