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The Jardin d'Acclimatation (20 hectares, 49 acres) is a children's amusement park with a menagerie, the Exploradome 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, Bushmen, Zulus 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.


The park includings an archery range, house of mirrors, miniature-golf course, narrow-gauge train, pony ride, puppet theater, shooting galleries, miniature road system for children operated by the Paris police, an art museum for children (the Musée en Herbe), etc.


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Coordinates: 48°52′39″N 2°15′47″E / 48.8775°N 2.26306°E / 48.8775; 2.26306



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