» Timing- 8.00 A.M. To 5.00 P.M.
» Entry Fee- Rs. 3/- (Approx.)
To the south of Maidan along Belvedere Rd. is situated the Zoological
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
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.
If your plan to go to Zoological Garden, don't miss your another
attractions such as Agro Horticultural Garden and National Library.