Menagerie du Paris Jardin des Plantes in France

Menagerie du Paris Jardin des Plantes

Local name Jardin du Roi

First elephant arrived1795
Last elephant left1976
Address Jardin du Roi, 57 Rue Cuvier
Zip-code 75005
Place Paris
Country France


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Menagerie du Paris Jardin des Plantes, located at Jardin du Roi, 57 Rue Cuvier, in Paris, France , was founded in 1795 and the first elephant arrived in 1795. The last elephant left in 1976.

Comments / picturesThe Jardin des Plantes is the main botanical garden in France. It is situated in the 5ème arrondissement, Paris, on the left bank of the river Seine. It covers 28 hectares (280,000 m²).

The Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle is situated within the garden. It is made up of four galleries: the Grande Galerie de l'Évolution, the Mineralogy Museum, the Paleontology Museum and the Entomology Museum.

1795: In addition to the gardens there is also an aquarium and a small zoo, founded in 1795 by Bernardin de Saint-Pierre from animals of the royal menagerie at Versailles. Already in 1792, during the revolution, the Royal Menagerie was moved to the gardens from Versailles.

1825: the African elephant Chevrette arrived, one of the first African elephant on display in a public Zoo.

The famous elephant Jumbo was kept here, before he was given to London Zoo in exchange for a rhino.

The museum has , at this moment , four elephants : one pair comes from Africa and one from Asia.
The African male named Said, arrived April 8, 1883 : he was then about 7 years , it has now more than 20. It is of great size , but unfortunately hurt his defenses have grown as a result of the passenger study.
The female is young, provided the President of the Republic, Mr. Felix Faure, by Emperor Menelik , it took place at the Museum on 1 " June 1897 she was 5 years old , a very gentle and obedient easily ment to his guardian . Every morning , during his walks in the Menagerie , she gets up and directs easily . Size, at the withers that was or i . 45, is now one of m. 87.

The male Asian elephant , Koutch , is a gift from On Jlahn , who had received a gift from the King of Cambodia we have had since October s8 189/1 : it was about 4 years old and weighed only 9.56 kg : it measures would i m. 19. and it currently has 1 m. 83 . This is the most intelligent of all our Elephants: It can open the door locking gears , bolts loosen that hold them , and it requires continuous monitoring his guards.

Often he performs acts perfectly reasoned and based on the observations he made : he loves bread, el , walkers him give widely , but sometimes the pieces fall in the interval between the park gate where it is locked to the railing on which ap -
I Puie public. It is impossible for visitors to take , not

Koutch also pick them up , it would be tantalizing , if he had devised an ingenious process : from the end of his Trunk between the bars of the grid, it is carefully bread and breath with force, so as to send into the driveway at the foot of the per -
person who had , Jele . It only has to pick it up for the offer of new always had, to use against the walls .

Veal intelligent animal that repeat to the operation as many times as

During the summer, the showers are very nice to him , and whenever gardeners sprinkle the aisles , he just ask them to direct the water jet on him when he takes the most bizarre positions , sometimes on the back, sometimes on the belly, lifting his ears, opened his mouth where water - ruis saddle waterfalls, and he takes great pleasure in this.

If he can , saisii * lance pipe with his Trunk , he makes a strong use wise , showering with great skill the party at queue'1 ' .

Sarit , the female elephant belongs to the race dile White Elephants ; it is dark brick color , dotted with small pink loose , it comes

"Read Cambodia and was given to us by M. Doumer , governor general Indochina , on his arrival in April . 1899 , it measured one. 57 and from 13 centimeters.

Koulch less intelligent than she knows yet who thank him offer , bread el express their gratitude by many gennuflexions . It is more difficult cl more sensitive to cold than the Elephants ordinary and , during the winter ' , it is necessary to keep in detached retirement well

She still goes out every day with his young companions , the elbetter agreement exists between them.

Page 404, 1899-12-26 Bulletin du Muséum (N8) through Emmanuel Baril

References for records about Menagerie du Paris Jardin des Plantes

Recommended Citation

Koehl, Dan (2024). Menagerie du Paris Jardin des Plantes, Elephant Encyclopedia. Available online at (archived at the Wayback machine)

Sources used for this article is among others:

  • Page 404, 1899-12-26 Bulletin du Muséum (N8) through Emmanuel Baril
  • CAMPER, P., [1774]. Kort berigt van de ontleding eens jongen elephants. Franeker] Pp. 24.
  • CAMPER, P., 1802. Description anatomique d'un elephant male, par Pierre Camper, Publiee par son fils, A. G. Camper, H. J. Jansen, Paris. Pp. x + [1 portrait] + 108 + 20 pis.
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