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Kiki, from the Seychelles to Paris.

Kiki, the giant tortoise from the Seychelles, joined the Great Gallery of Evolution in 2013. An exhibition area of around 100m² is dedicated to him in the Great Gallery of Evolution's permanent exhibition. You can find out all about Kiki's life in the zoo since 1923, the year of his arrival, until his death in 2009, and the history of the largest of the giant tortoises in the Seychelles.

There are lots of child-focused activities here, for action-packed family visits. Kiki, the giant male tortoise of the Seychelles, Dipsochelys elephantina "the French doyen", died on 30 November 2009 in the zoo of the Jardin des Plantes, an establishment that's part of the National History Museum. Having arrived in Paris as an adult in 1923, a gift from Mr. Carrie, Mauritian scholar and naturalist, he was 146 years old.

Housed in the zoo's reptile building built in 1870, he spent his winters in the warm where he enjoyed servings of carrots, bananas and other vegetables brought to him by his keepers. From spring onwards, he took to his summer home on the lawn of the rotunda, a building designed to replicate the cross of the Napoleonic Legion of Honour and erected in 1802.

Admission prices :
- Full price : 9 €
- Reduced price : 7 €

Closed on 1 January, 1 May and 25 December
Metro: Austerlitz, Censier Daubenton, Jussieu
RER C: Gare Austerlitz
In the main hall, near the "espace domestication" level 2
Ideal for family visits: there are many fun info panels for children

Grand Gallery of Evolution - Natural History Museum
36, rue Geoffroy-Saint-Hilaire
75005 Paris

Phone number
01 40 79 56 01

01 40 79 54 48


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