Rainier III's Zoological Gardens

Les Terrasses de Fontvieille
98000 Monaco

Located on the southern flank of the Rock of Monaco,  Rainier III's Zoological Gardens were established in 1954 by Prince Rainier III.

The gardens are home to nearly 250 animals representing about 50 species: exotic birds, turtles, caimans, hippopotamuses, reptiles, primates and farm animals. None of the animals here were purchased! What makes Rainier III's Zoological Gardens unique is that their animals were all donated, or were abandoned or seized by customs. When the park’s facilities are no longer possible to guarantee good living conditions, the animals are then transferred to more appropriate zoos, as happened, for example, with the white rhinoceros. Rainier III's Zoological Gardens are one of the last remaining royal menageries in the world.

When you step into the Zoological Gardens, you will find yourself in a stunning environment that's as close to the wildness of nature as can be, yet somehow right in the heart of the modern Principality of Monaco. There is also children's playground inside the park.

 Accessibility: Rainier III's Zoological Gardens are built on the side of the Rock of Monaco (with small slopes and inclines), but the visitors’ trail is entirely accessible for wheelchair users.

Opening times

Open daily: 

  • June to September: 9 am to 12 pm - 2 pm to 7 pm
  • October to February: 10 am to 12 pm - 2 pm to 5 pm
  • March to May: 10 am to 12 pm - 2 pm to 6 pm

Last admission 45 minutes before closing time.
Closed in the morning on 25 December and 1 January.

Admission prices

  • Adults: €6
  • Children (aged 6–17): €3
  • Children under 6: free 

Tickets can be purchased online here or via the free Monapass app.

Photo credits: Eric Mathon-Palais Princier/Benjamin Vergély

Photo credits: ©Benjamin Vergély / Jardin Animalier Rainier III