Ideal Time: 2-3 hrs
Open Time: 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM,
Closed on Fridays and National Holidays
Cost: Indians: INR 20 - INR 40,
Foreigners: INR 100 - INR 200
Inaugurated in 1959, National Zoological Park is situated near The Old Fort in Delhi and is a favourite weekend spot among adults and children alike. From biggest cats to the tiniest birds, the zoo has all kinds of animals and birds. Initially, it was known as Delhi Zoo when in 1982 it was renamed The National Zoological Park with the idea of making it the model zoo of the country. At the Zoological Park, birds and animals live in an environment that in many ways resemble their natural habitat. The zoo not only provides a home for endangered species but also helps them to breed in captivity. It also holds Conservation Breeding Programmes for Asiatic Lion, Royal Bengal Tiger, Brow Antlered Deer, Swamp Deer, Indian rhinoceros and red jungle fowl. Eventually, they may once again thrive in the wild.
The Park was formally inaugurated on 1st November 1959 by Mr Punjab Rao Deshmukh, Hon'ble Minister of the Government of India and was initially known as Delhi Zoo. In the year 1982, it was given the status of the National Zoological Park with the idea of it being the model zoo of the country. The Indian Board for Wildlife felt the need to have a zoo in the national capital of the country to provide recreation to people at large. Accordingly, an ad-hoc committee of some prominent nature lovers of Delhi, including Indira Gandhi, was constituted under the Chairmanship of Chief Commissioner to formulate a proposal for the establishment of Zoological Park for Delhi.
Adults - INR 40,
Children (below 3 ft.) - Free,
Children (between 3-5ft)- INR 20,
Senior Citizens- INR 40
Adults - INR 200,
Children (below 5 yrs) - Free,
Children (above 5 years)- INR 100
A wide array of endemic and exotic plants and animals find a place here. Among mammals, black buck, white buck, leopard, Chinkara, Deer Brow, Hoolock Gibbon, Lion Tailed Macaque, One-horned rhinoceros, royal Bengal tiger, Himalayan black bear, Indian Porcupine, jaguar, wild boar and zebra are found here among others. A number of birds such as Great Indian Hornbill, peafowl, spoonbill and eagles can be found here as well. A section dedicated to reptiles such as Indian star tortoise, Indian rock python, common rat snake, Indian cobra, Diadem snake and Indian sand boa is present here as well.
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Pragati Maidan metro station is the nearest metro station. You can also travel by the DTC buses that run from every corner of the city. Alternatively, taxis are also available and take you right to the entrance of the zoo.
1. Do not feed the animals as overfeeding spoils their health.
2. Do not tease the animals or cross the barriers. You can get seriously injured.
3. Do not pluck the trees, flowers or damage the lawns.
4. Do not play radio, tape recorder or musical instruments as animals do not like to be disturbed.
5. Do not bring packets or polythene in the park.
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