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Zoological Park, New Delhi

Zoological Park Overview

General Information
 

Date of Establishment- 1959.
Area covered- 214acres.
Location- The National Zoological Park is situated near to the Purana Qila (Old Fort) in Delhi.
 

About the National Zoological Park!
The National Zoological Park of Delhi is situated near the Purana Qila and is reckoned as one of the best zoos in Asia. The park was established in the year 1959. The park covers a vast tract of land i.e. around 214acres of land. The zoo is the ideal picnic spot for school children. The park has a Kos Minar, which was erected in the 17th century by Jehangir, the son of great emperor Akbar. The park is well designed by Carl Hagenbeck of West Germany and Major Weinman of Sri Lanka. The pathway has various arrow marks printed on them. These arrow marks helps the tourists in the better viewing of the zoo and also saves their time. One can also find a large number of open-roofed mobile vans, which takes a group of people through the whole zoo. During winters, huge crowds of people come to the place and enjoy their time lying on the lush green grass. The administrative building is located within the park itself. The park also has a library, where one can get all the required information regarding the wildlife. One can also find a cafeteria located outside the zoo.


Flora- The zoo is covered with a rich natural vegetation cover that comprises of various species of plants & trees. There are around 200 species of trees like hanging Alamtas hedges, Lahura trees, bistendu, bamboo etc.


Fauna- There are more than 2000 species available in the Delhi zoological park. Some of animals seen here include African Wild Buffalo, Zebras, Gir Lion, Spider monkey, Macaque, Hyenas, Banteng, Peafowl, Axis deer, Emu, Hog Dear, Fallow deer, Hippopotamus, Jaguar, White tiger, leopard, crocodiles, python, spotted deer, barking deer and many more.

How to reach!
Rail- Delhi is the headquarters of the Northern Indian railway and thus is well connected to all parts of India.
Air-Delhi has both domestic as well as international airport.
Road- Delhi is well connected by road to major cities in India.

The Zoological Park : There are open-roofed mobile vans available at nominal charges within the zoo and it is suggested that during the sweltering hot Delhi summer season, one must use the facility. It also is a good picnic spot as there are a number of parks in the complex. There are ample numbers of water points though one is advised to carry enough replenishment. You may feed the hunger pangs at the DDA cafeteria outside the zoo. Due to the noticeable effort of the effective supervision of the zoo management, its staff and a few NGO workers at the zoo, there have been no mishappenings with any of the animals even during the peak summer of Delhi informs the Director B.S. Bonal.Going by the standard of all other areas of Delhi, the Zoological gardens are certainly a visual treat to the visitors which include foreigners and Indians alike. Planned and designed by a well-known zoo specialist of West Germany, Hegenbeck, the zoo has several landscaped enclosures where the animals can move freely. Some rare species here are the white tiger, the spotless white peacock, brown bears from Japan and flightless Emu from Australia.
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