The Jardin d'Acclimatation
() is a children's amusement park with a menagerie
, the Exploradôme
museum, and other attractions located in the northern part of the Bois de Boulogne
, in Paris
Opened on 6 October 1860 by Napoléon III
and Empress Eugénie
, the Jardin d'Acclimatation de Paris
or the Jardin Zoologique d'Aclimatation
as it was first called was a Paris zoo
. It was directed by Isidore Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire
, son of the naturalist Étienne Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire
, until his death in 1861.
During the Siege of Paris
in 1870-1871, many of the animals in the menagerie were cooked and served in one of Paris' finest restaurants (Voisin
) by famed chef Alexandre Étienne Choron
From 1877 until 1912, the Jardin Zoologique d'Acclimatation was converted to "l'Acclimatation Anthropologique". In mid-colonialism, the curiosity of Parisians was attracted to the customs and lifestyles of foreign peoples. Nubians
and many other African peoples were "exhibited" in a human zoo
. The exhibitions were a huge success. The number of visitors to the Jardin doubled, reaching the million mark.
A miniature road system for children operated by the Paris police was removed in 2008.
The park includes an archery range, house of mirrors, miniature-golf course, narrow-gauge train, pony ride, puppet theater, shooting galleries, a... Read More