The national zoological park aka Delhi zoo is a city zoo situated near the old Fort in Delhi, India. It is one of the most interesting and famous tourist spots. School children and many families often visit this zoo to take a day off. It maintains a library and a restaurant too. Quick snacks are served in kiosks and van at every 20/30 meters. A visit to Delhi is entirely incomplete without visiting this zoo.
Delhi zoo covers almost 176-acre area altogether. This zoo nurtures approximately 1350 animals, representing at least 130 species of animals and birds from around the world.
The current director of the zoo is Shri Amitabh Agnihotri, IFS. The whole zoo can be seen by simple walking or by battery operated vehicle to avoid pollution. No visitors are permitted to carry any food or beverages, other than drinking water.
Background check of Delhi Zoo
The Delhi zoo as it is came into being decades after New Delhi was constructed. But the reflection of the idea of a zoo was deep rooted since 1951, and the park was inaugurated in 1959. Primarily, Major Aubrey Weinman of the Ceylon Zoo was employed to draw the plans of the zoo. But because of his short term work, Mr Hegenbeck was hired for the scheme. The program was utilised ultimately in December 1956. And by the end of 1959, the northern and western part of this zoo was completed which ended up arriving of some animals.
The park was finally opened on 1st Nov 1959. And from 1982, it was officially named as National Zoological Park, Delhi.
Location of Delhi Zoo
It is located around six km from New Delhi railway station and 11 km from old Delhi train station. The exact location is Mathura Road, Delhi. Anyone can go by road quickly. Otherwise one can seek the help of metro, the nearest metro station being Khan Market Metro Station.
Opening timings of Delhi Zoo
Delhi zoo has different timing at the interval of six months. From 1st April to 15th Oct – 9 am to 4:30 pm, and 16th Oct to 29th March – 9:30 to 4 pm. It is closed on Fridays.
Entry fee of Delhi Zoo
Entry fee for adults
- Indians- 40rs
- Foreigner- 200rs.
Entry fee for children (5 to 12 years)
- Indian- 20rs
- Foreigner- 100rs
Tickets at concessional rate are also available for students. It also charges 50rs per camera. For physically challenged people, wheelchairs are available at free of cost.
Now if we take a broad look at the animals that are exhibited in this zoo, we have to start from the right side of the zoo. Here we can have fun with chimpanzee, hippopotamus, spider monkey, Giraffes, Lions and Zebras. Taking a turn to the left, different kinds of birds will please our eyes. It includes migratory birds too. Apart from this, there are Hyannis, Jaguars etc. In the centre there is a big house, protecting different kinds of reptiles.
The zoo takes part in the conservation of various breeding programs of the Central Zoo Authority, such as sloth bear, Bengal tiger, Emu, Indian rhinoceros, Blackbuck, etc.
Tragic incident at Delhi Zoo
In 2014, a tragic incident was taken place, where a man named Maqsood fell into White Tiger’s enclosure. Afterward, it was stated that the tiger killed the man. But after proper investigation, it was found that the tiger tried to save the man from the people who were deliberately throwing stone at him. For this act, the white tiger grabbed his neck with using its teeth; the way Tiger carries his/her children! But this leads to severe injuries and he died. This incident leads to many questions about the safety of animal and people at the zoo.
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