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Left to right: Eiffel Tower, Louvre Pyramid, Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel and Ferris Wheel. © Paris Update


Paris Update This Week’s Events

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Drawing through the ages

"Apples" (1944), by Henri Matisse. Eric Coatalem Gallery.

> Salon du Dessin: 39 galleries showing works on paper, from Old Masters to contemporary. Palais Brogniart, Paris, March 22-27.

Contemporary drawing fair
> Drawing Now: 73 galleries, Carreau du Temple, Paris, March 23-26.

More contemporary drawings
>Ddessin: 20 galleries. Atelier Richelieu, Paris, March 24-26.

Art and design fair
> PAD (Paris Art + Design),
67 galleries, Tuileries Garden, Paris, March 22-26.

African culture festival
> The 100% Afriques festival showcases dance, theater, music, fashion, design, art, food and more from all over the continent. La Villette, Paris, March 23-May 28.

French film with English subtitles
> Lost in Frenchlation shows Audrey Dana's Si j'Étais un Homme, preceded by a themed cocktail party (€4.50). Studio 28, Paris, Feb. 24.

Documentary film festival
> Cinéma du Réel showcases documentaries from around the world. Various venues, Paris, March 24-April 2.

Suburban blues
> The Banlieues Bleues festival brings major French and international jazz acts to the Paris suburbs. Various venues, through March 31.

Before and after ecological disaster
> The Chic Planète festival presents two types of films, those celebrating the bounty of the earth and science-fiction views of what will happen after an ecopalypse. Forum des Images, Paris, through April 13.




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Paris Update Menagerie zoo Jardin des Plantes leopard

La Ménagerie, the zoo in Paris’s Jardin des Plantes, has three new feline residents, all of them male and all of them born in zoos in Poland. Aramis (below left), a stunning three-year-old black jaguar (Panthera onca), is only a temporary lodger and will move to the renovated Parc Zoologique de Paris when it reopens

Paris Update Menagerie zoo Jardin des Plantes black leopard caracal

a year from now. Like the other members of the only Panthera species in the Americas, he likes to swim and will have his own fish-stocked pool.

It is hoped that Tao, the two-and-a-half-year-old North China leopard (Panthera pardus japonensis) pictured at the top, will mate with Leila, a female of this threatened species who also lives at the Ménagerie.

Black Ear, a caracal (Caracal caracal) born on April 9, 2011, is a smaller cat whose species is also threatened in North Africa and the Middle East.

All three animals will benefit from the “enriched” environments provided for them at the Ménagerie, designed to imitate their natural surroundings, stimulate their senses (with the scents of other animals, for example, or by hiding their food so they can hunt for it) and keep them physically active. 57, rue Cuvier, 75005 Paris. Open daily, 9am-5pm. Admission: €10. Heidi Ellison