The Jardin des Plantes in Paris is undergoing major works for 2024

The Jardin des Plantes in Paris is undergoing major works for 2024

The Jardin des Plantes welcomes 450,000 visitors every year. (©FG Grandin MNHN)

It’s a long project that will finally happen in 2024. On Monday, October 24, 2022, the menagerie will Garden of plants in Paris announced the expansion of the enclosure orangutans. In 2024, the area of ​​indoor and outdoor paddocks will double. There will also be work in the reptile terrarium and in the rotunda.

The oldest zoo in France

“The idea of ​​renovating an orangutan aviary is not new. It’s a project that director Michel Saint Jalme has been working on for 10 years,” the Natural History Museum confides.

Addition the oldest zoo in France it is registered as a historical monument. Starting work at this institution was not easy. “We had to submit a lot of requests for authorization. We must also add that we are financed by the state. Everything is slower,” we continueNews from Paris.

Aviary and new reception

Construction work on the new outdoor aviary will begin in March 2023. Until then, the orangutans had an indoor space, a small part of which opened on sunny days. This will be completely enclosed and a new outdoor run will be created 600 m² will see the light of day. The work should be completed in 2024.

From 2024, the orangutans will have a new enclosure, expanded to 600 m² thanks to the aviary.
From 2024, the orangutans will have a new enclosure, expanded to 600 m² thanks to the aviary. (©Visual MNHN)

Once this work is completed, fifth piece will be set up in a terrarium and will house reptiles. This new space will be created thanks to the transformation of the former coaches’ kitchen.

At the same time, work will be done on reconstruction rotunda and transform it into a place to welcome visitors. After the works are finished, it will house a cash register and a shop. A swimming pool will also be set up to allow visitors to admire the giant tortoises more closely. The two projects should be completed by 2025.

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