Location: The abode of animals enclosing 176-acre (71 ha) with the name National Zoological Park is located near the Old Fort in New Delhi.

Year of its Inauguration: 1959

Period of a citadel’s foundation: 16th century

Habitats: 1350 animals and birds

Number of Species: 130

Commutation: A battery operated vehicle (available for hiring also)

Prohibition: Visitors are banned to enter with any eatable other than drinking water. The facility of canteen is there inside the compound of the zoo to have some meal.

History: This zoo came into existence a decade later when New Delhi was built as per Lutyen’s map. In 1951, the plan was cooked for building a natural heritage for conserving, protecting and witnessing animals. The idea of zoo realized in 1959 when it was inaugurated in November.

The committee was formed by the Indian Board for Wildlife in 1952 for considering the creation of Zoo. In 1953, the committee passed its approval of land for building the zoo. The zoo was constructed under the supervision of N.D. Bachketi who was employed to the Indian Forest Service in October 1955.

In the beginning, the drafting of map was assigned to Major Aubrey Weinman of the Ceylon Zoological Garden but he left the project in cold storage. Then, Carl Hagenbeck of the Zoological Garden of Hamburg was called. Eventually, National Zoological Park was inaugurated in 1959.

Species for exhibition:

  • Chimpanzee
  • Hippopotamus
  • Spider
  • Monkey
  • African wild buffalo
  • Giraffe
  • Gir Lion
  • Zebras
  • Migratory birds like peafowl
  • Hyenas
  • Macaques
  • Jaguars and reptiles also.

 Conservation breeding:  Royal Bengal Tiger, Indian rhinoceros, swamp deer, Asiatic lion, brow antlered deer and red jungle fowl are under conservation breeding programme of the Central Zoo Authority.