Once a happy resident of the Ménagerie du Jardin des Plantes, Kiki — a Seychelles giant tortoise — has now joined the ranks of a variety of animals that have been stuffed and placed on display at the Grande Galerie d’Evolution. Eight-six years after first moving to Paris to live at the zoo installed in the beautiful Jardin des Plantes, Kiki died peacefully at the age of 146.
Although visitors can no longer come visit Kiki at the zoo, they can see the impressively sized and recently stuffed tortoise at the Evolution Museum that is also located in the Jardin des Plantes. Thought to be extinct in the 19th century, Seychelles giant tortoises have been rediscovered, yet their population still remains endangered.
For this reason, having the opportunity to see Kiki gives visitors the chance to see one of the most unique and remarkable animals on the planet. Guests staying at the Hôtel Louvre Marsollier are centrally placed for a visit to the Jardin des Plantes in the 5th arrondissement of Paris.
At the Grande Galerie de l’Evolution, a whole exhibit it dedicated to the special tortoise. It begins by unraveling Kiki’s history and explains just what makes her so special. The exhibition also describes what her daily life was life at the zoo in the Jardin des Plantes, where thousands of people had come to visit her throughout her long life.
And perhaps most importantly, the protection of the rare species that is the Seychelles giant tortoise is discussed. With only 100,000 on the planet and 375 of them in zoos, it is a top priority to make sure that these creatures do not disappear forever. Complementary sections on taxidermy and giantism are also part of the event.
After discovering Kiki’s story, visitors can then head to the park’s zoo — called the Ménagerie du Jardin des Plantes — in order to see three live Seychelles giant tortoise, including one who have lived a century already.