National Zoological Park – Delhi

National Zoological Park – Delhi

National Zoological Park, originally known as Delhi Zoo is situated in a vast land area of about 176 acres or 71 hectares  near the Old Fort in Delhi. It is a 16th Century fortress, with rich flora and fauna all in the middle of the Delhi. Zoo has accommodated about thousands of different kind of species from around the world. Currently, Zoo can be seen on battery operated vehicle which can be rented in the zoo. No outside foods are allowed in zoo premises but there are Canteens in numerous places to satisfy your hunger during the visit.

Old Fort, Near National Zoological Park
Old Fort, Near National Zoological Park

History

The idea of having a zoo in New Delhi was developed in the year 1951 and it takes almost 8 years to completed. In 1959, Delhi Zoo was inaugurated. The Indian Board for Wildlife built a Committee for the creation of zoo.Mr. M.E.F. Bowring Welsh was appointed as a secretary of committee.

The committee met on 9th September 1953 and an approval was passed to build the zoo on the site between Old Fort and Humayun’s Tomb. The construction of zoo was under the supervision of the Central Government, after which it will be handed over in running condition to the Delhi Government since wildlife was managed by Forest Department of the Delhi Government. An official from Indian Forest Service Mr. N.D.Bachkheti was assigned the duty on 1st October 1955 to set up this Zoo.

Kos Minar
Kos Minar, National Zoological Park

Initially, for the zoo plans Major Aubrey Weinman of the Ceylon Zoological Garden (now the National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka) was consulted, but he was not available for continued consultations in long terms. So Mr. Carl Hagenbeck of the Zoological Garden of Hamburg was hired, who gave the idea of open moat enclosures. He presented a preliminary report on March 1956 and provided a general layout plan for the zoo. The plan was modified as needed to account for local conditions and approved by the Indian government in December 1956.

By the end of 1959, the Northern part of the zoo was complete, and animals which had been arriving for some time and which had been housed in temporary pens were moved into their permanent homes. The park was opened on 1 November 1959 as the Delhi Zoo. In 1982, it was officially renamed to National Zoological Park, with hopes that it could become a model for other zoos in the country.

Animals in National Zoological Park

Following is the list of animals which can be seen while in a zoo visit.

LEOPARD CAT

CHINKARA
Indian Gazelle (Chinkara)

CHOWSINGHA

DEER BROW ANTLERED

SWAMP DEER

ASIATIC ELEPHANT
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LEOPARD/PANTHER

ASIATIC LION

BLACK BUCK
Black Buck

LION – TAILED MACAQUE

ROYAL BENGAL TIGER
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GAUR

HIMALAYAN BLACK BEAR

SLOTH BEAR

GREATER ONE-HORNED RHINOCEROS
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AFRICAN CAPE BUFFALO

CHIMPANZEE

WHITE BUCK
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BARKING DEER

HOG DEER

SAMBAR DEER

ROYAL BENGAL TIGER (WHITE)
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SIKKA DEER

SPOTTED DEER

AFRICAN ELEPHANT

HIPPOPOTAMUS
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JAGUAR

NILGAI
Black Buck and Nilgai

How to Reach

Places at the approx, distance of Zoo
New Delhi Rly. Station: 6 Kms.
Old Delhi Rly. Station: 11 Kms
I.S.B.T: 12 Kms
Sarai Kaley Khan Bus Terminal: 5 Kms
Red Fort: 10 Kms
India Gate: 2 Kms

 

Nearest Metro Station from Zoo
Pragati Maidan Metro Station: 2 Kms
CGO Complex, Lodi Road: 2 Kms

Zoo Timing and Tariffs

 

Zoo Timing
1st April to 15th October9:00am to 4:30pm
16th October to 31st March9:30am to 4:00pm

 

ENTRANCE FEE (Normal)
AdultsRs. 40/- per head
Children (Height Under 3 ft.)Free
Children (Height 3-5 ft.)Rs. 20/- per head
Senior Citizen (60 Years and Above)Rs. 20/- per head

 

ENTRANCE FEE (Foreigners)
AdultsRs. 200/- per head
Children (Up to 5 Years)Free
Children (Above 5 Years.)Rs. 100/- per head

 

Visitors on educational tours from Schools, Colleges, Universities and other educational Institutions are provided concessional entry ticket at the following rates :
Student (1st -5 Std.)Free
Student (6th -8th Std.)Rs. 10/- per head
Student (9th And Above)Rs. 20/- per head
Accompanying StaffRs. 20/- per head
Tatkal TicketsRs. 200/- per head

 

FILMING CHARGES
Still CameraRs. 50/- per day
AmateurRs. 200/- per day
DocumentaryRs. 2000/- per day
Feature FilmRs. 20,000/- per day
Note: Zoo remains closed on every Friday and National Holidays.