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Zoological Garden

Zoological Garden
Fact File
» Timing- 8.00 A.M. To 5.00 P.M.
» Entry Fee- Rs. 3/- (Approx.)

Location
To the south of Maidan along Belvedere Rd. is situated the Zoolo­gical garden.

About Zoological Garden
Established in 1875, and spread over nearly 100 acres in the heart of Kolkata are the Zoological Gardens. Inaugurated by the Prince of Wales in 1876, it is one of the oldest and the largest Zoos of India.

It also has many varieties of birds and reptiles other than the interesting flora and fauna. Some of the animals are displayed in near natural environments, others in the pitiful conditions characteristic of Third World Zoos. In 1873, the then Governor Sir Richard Temple proposed the formation of a zoo in Calcutta. Sir C.L. Lendal corroborated it. Finally, the Government allotted land for this purpose responding to the joint petition of the Asiatic Society and Agri-Horticultural Society. It comprises several animals, birds and even creatures of rare species. It has a large collection of birds and mammals, and an enclosure for reptiles, including a tortoise that is much older than the zoo itself. Giraffes and Kangaroos, Monkeys and Hippos along with various birds and reptiles are also exhibited in the Zoo.

During the winter season, the migratory birds flock in the zoo for its artificial lake and vegetation. But in recent times the birds do not flock so much as the yester years due to ecological imbalances.

There are some 'Bhawans' or buildings inside the premises of the zoo such as the Reptile-House. Different creatures dwell in these buildings as well. The Zoological Garden is a perfect tourists spot which attraction a lot of people from all over the world.

Within the Garden
Within the Gardens, there is also a Snake House, the white tigers, tigons (cross between lion and tiger), litigon ( a cross between a lion and a tigon) and Children's Park, the lake bristling with birds are all very attractive.

Nearby Attraction
If your plan to go to Zoological Garden, don't miss your another attractions such as Agro Horticultural Garden and National Library.

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