Zoos in India. Zoological parks to visit in India

Zoos in India. Zoological parks to visit in India

Zoo reminds us all of those years when we were young, perhaps very young and we were taken to a zoo whether with our family or as a picnic trip from school. Remember the first time we saw those wild animals such as a tiger, lion, hippopotamus, rhinoceros, elephant, or crocodile in captivity. It must have been really amazing to see such wild animals for real and learn a few intriguing and trivial things about the animal from our teachers or friends. All of it seems nostalgic today.


And we would like the same thing to be felt by our children as well. As it is vacation time and most children would want to go to such places where they can enjoy the whole day watching animals and learning about them. It can be a very good experience for them, because watching such animals closely will arouse interest not only in animals but also their habitats, environment, etc. Many students who take up biology as one of their major subjects definitely would have gone to a zoo in their childhood and were inspired to know more about them.


There are about 198 recognized zoos in India in both prominent cities such as Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Lucknow, and Hyderabad as well as in other cities such as Visakhapatnam, Kanpur, Guwahati, Ranchi, Jaipur, Mysore, Nainital, Darjeeling, Trivandrum, etc. Marble Palace Zoo in Kolkata is the oldest zoo in India. It was established in the year 1854. Sri Venkateswara Zoological Park in Tirupathi is the largest zoo in India with a total area of about 2212 hectares.


Most of the zoos in India display about 23 amphibians, 17,291 birds, 20,219 mammals, and 8193 reptiles. But, these numbers are not constant as most zoos display all the above-mentioned types of animals and some locally available animal species. Among these, there are 84 bird species, 45 mammal species, and 13 reptile species that are endangered in the wild. Apart from these zoos, there are many national parks in each of the states in India. Each of the national parks in India is known for different animals that are locally known.


All these zoos are maintained by the Central Zoo Authority (CZA), under the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India. CZA is an affiliate member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The CZA takes care of rescuing animals and shifting them to the zoo for treating them for their injuries and diseases. In some cases, animals from the wild are tested and used for mating with in-house animals. The Central Zoo Authority not only manages zoos but also strives to maintain biodiversity and environmental conservation.


State-wise List Of Zoos In India

Zoo NameLocationState
Indira Gandhi Zoological Park Visakhapatnam Andhra Pradesh
Sri Venkateswara Zoological Park Tirupati Andhra Pradesh
Assam State Zoo-cum-Botanical Garden Guwahati Assam
Sanjay Gandhi Jaivik Udyan Patna Bihar
Maitri Bagh Bhilainagar Chhattisgarh
National Zoological Park New Delhi Delhi
Kankaria Zoo Ahmedabad Gujarat
Sakkarbaug Zoological Garden Junagadh Gujarat
Sarthana Zoo Surat Gujarat
Sayaji Baug Zoo Vadodara Gujarat
Bhiwani Zoo Bhiwani Haryana
Black Buck Breeding Centre Pipli Mini Zoo Kurukshetra Haryana
Chinkara Breeding Centre Kairu ( Bhiwaninear Bahal ) Bhiwani Haryana
Crocodile Breeding Centre (Bhaur Saidan (Kurukshetra) Kurukshetra Haryana
Hisar Deer Park Hisar Haryana
Kurukshetra Zoo Karnal Haryana
Peacock & Chinkara Breading Centre Jhabua Rewari Haryana
Pheasant Breeding Centre Berwala Panchkula district Haryana
Pheasant Breeding Centre Morni Panchkula Haryana
Rohtak Zoo Rohtak Haryana
Vulture Conservation and Breeding Centre Pinjore Haryana
Gopalpur Zoo Gopalpur Himachal Pradesh
Birsa Deer Park (Kalamati Birsa Mrig Vihar) Ranchi Jharkhand
Ranchi Zoo (Bhagwan Birsa Munda Biological Park) Ranchi Jharkhand
Tata Steel Zoological Park (Jubilee Park) Jamshedpur Jharkhand
Thim Park Jamshedpur Jharkhand
Mysore Zoo Mysore Karnataka
Thiruvananthapuram Zoo Trivandrum Kerala
Thrissur Zoo Thrissur Kerala
Indore Zoo Indore Madhya Pradesh
Jijamata Udyaan Mumbai Maharashtra
Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park Pune Maharashtra
Aizawl Zoo Aizawl Mizoram
Nandankanan Zoological Park Bhubaneswar Odisha
Chatt Bir Zoo Zirakpur Punjab
Gulab Bagh and Zoo Udaipur Rajasthan
Jaipur Zoo Jaipur Rajasthan
Amirthi Zoological Park Vellore Tamil Nadu
Arignar Anna Zoological Park (Vandalur Zoo) Chennai Tamil Nadu
Chennai Snake Park Trust Chennai Tamil Nadu
Madras Crocodile Bank Trust Chennai Tamil Nadu
Nehru Zoological Park Hyderabad Telangana
Sipahijola Wildlife Sanctuary Tripura Tripura
Allen Forest Zoo Kanpur Uttar Pradesh
Kanpur Zoo Kanpur Uttar Pradesh
Lucknow Zoo Lucknow Uttar Pradesh
Pt. G.B. Pant High Altitude Zoo Nainital Uttarakhand
Alipore Zoological Gardens Kolkata West Bengal
Jhargram Zoo Jhargram West Bengal
Marble Palace zoo Kolkata West Bengal
Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park Darjeeling West Bengal
Jawaharlal Nehru Biological Park Bokaro Steel City Jharkhand
Parassinik Kadavu Snake Park Anthoor Kerala

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