Translation:We entered the zoo to see the owls.
I can personally confirm this is also true in Dutch and Japanese.
And I can researchifically confirm (i.e. using Wiktionary and Wikipedia) that the same is true for Afrikaans, Arabic, Cantonese, Estonian, Finnish, Frisian, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Korean, Mandarin, Norwegian, Swahili, and undoubtedly many, many more languages.
It seems there are also many languages where they use the word zoo/zú/zou etc. or something that translates to zoo park or zoological park or something similar.
The French parc and the English park both derive from the Latin parricus which, in turn is derived from the Gaulish parricon which apparently was a Celtic word related to the modern Irish páirc.
So sometime way back whenever the word said; "Once around the continent, James" or the linguistic variant thereof.