A botanical paradise with a zoo and mini zoo, visiting in April is “the best”!

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Jardin des Plantes

Nature and wildlife

If you’re passionate about nature and plant life, don’t miss out on a trip to this spectacular botanical garden in the fifth arrondissement. It is home to a botanical school that maintains over 4,500 varieties of shrubs and plants; three greenhouses (one winter greenhouse, one Mexican and one Australian); a rose garden, used to advance the study of various rose sub-species, and an Alpine garden. You should also definitely visit its zoo, founded in 1795 it is one of the oldest in the world. The zoo currently has over 1,100 different species and its 5.5 hectares are home to many endangered species. There is also a mini zoo with microscopes for spotting arthropods and an area for small reptiles, amphibians and insects. The best time of year to visit the Jardin des Plantes is probably in April, when its flower beds (surrounded by curious East Indian banana vines) are in full bloom. Find out more at www.jardindesplantes.net.

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