National Zoological Park in Delhi

For the love of animals and wildlife.

For the love of animals and wildlife. | Photo credit: Koshy Koshy/Flickr

National Zoological Park Overview

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The National Zoological Park, earlier known as the Delhi zoo is essentially a fortified area which is home to around 1350 animals across 130 species of animals and birds from around the world. The zoo was inaugurated on 1st November 1956 and hoped to be a model for other zoos in India.

The environment provided by the National Zoological Park to the animals is very close to their natural habitat and is a perfect place for breeding endangered species. The zoo is home to animals like the Gir lion, chimpanzees, hyenas, hippopotamus, African Wild Buffalo and zebras among others.

Other than that the zoo also has an underground reptile house which houses reptiles like the Gharial, Marsh Crocodile, Indian Cobra, Indian Star Tortoise and the Indian Sand Boa among others.

The zoo also has numerous species of birds such as the Sarus Crane, Emu, Silver Pheasant, Peafowl, Grey Hornbill and the Barn Owl among others. The National Zoological Park also runs conservation initiatives for animals like the Royal Bengal Tiger, Swamp Deer, Asiatic Lion and the Red Jungle Fowl among other endangered species of birds and animals.

  • For Kids

    This is a great place for children to learn about various kinds of animals and birds.
  • Entrance Fee Rs.40 (adults), Rs.20 (children), Rs100 (foreigners). For more information on rates and tariffs visit the official website of the Delhi Zoological Park.

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1st April to 15th October: 9 am to 4:30pm 16th October to 31st March: 9:30 am to 4pm. The National Zoological Park remains closed on Fridays and public holidays.