The Jardin des Plantes is bordered by three interesting places. The Menagerie, the vast Grand Galerie de Evolution & the antiquated Musée d'histoire Naturelle. The third contains thousands of excellent skeletal displays but is hotter than a green house in summer. I managed to make some quick sketches before I passed out!
Hidden in the back in dusty old jars I found these freaky specimens!
Back in the autumn of 2005 I first encountered the sculpture of Emmanuel Fremiét at the Henri Rousseau exhibition, Tate Modern. On a subsequent trip to Paris I found another of his powerful animal sculptures outside the Musée D'Orsay. When I moved to the city last summer I figured I could find more examples of his work.
I came across this OrangUtan Attack! in the entrance hall of the Musée d'histoire Naturelle.
Then I found this one close by in the Jardin des Plantes.
In the basement of the Grand Galerie de Evolution there was a special exhibition on dragons. It was disappointing. This guy was the most interesting exhibit.