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Yangon Zoological Gardens, Yangon

Yangon Zoological Gardens Overview

Yangon Zoological Garden is the oldest and the largest zoo in the city of Myanmar, which is located near Kandawgyi Lake. It includes the museum of national history, an aquarium and amusement park. This zoological garden contains the collection of almost 1100 animal species, which attracts large number of visitors. This firm is operated by the private firm and is open from 8am to 6pm every day.

History

In 1882, the first collection of wild animals started and was associated with Phayre’s Museum. In 1901, with the help of public donation the construction got started near the Kandawgyi Lake. Earlier, it was named as the Victoria Memorial Park in honor of Queen Victoria. The main attraction was the white elephant of the King Thibaw, the last emperor of Burma. In World War II, the zoo was severely damaged and looted. The Burmese Government changed the name to the Rangoon Zoological Gardens and Parks in 1951.

Attractions

Land Animals- The zoo contains 145 species of land animals, which include eight endangered species.

Flora- Earlier, the zoo contained 300 species of flora.

Museum Of Natural History- It is situated in the southern end of the park; it exhibits the rare species of Burmese fauna with descriptive charts and captions.

Animal Performance Shows- During weekends and public holidays, various animal shows are performed.

Aquarium- It is the first large scale aquarium in the city which was opened in 1998.

Amusement Park- It contains number of rides, which includes the city’s sole roller coaster ride.

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