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National Zoological Park

The National Zoological Park, once known as Delhi Zoo, is a sprawling 214 acre complex home to almost 2000 species of animals from all over the world. The motion to establish a zoo in Delhi was started in 1952 by the Indian Board for Wildlife. In 1953 a site was chosen and developed with the help of Carl Hagenbeck, owner of the Zoological Garden of Hamburg in Germany and the plans were approved in 1956. The animals were brought in during 1959 and on the 1st of November, the Zoo was inaugurated by the Minister of the Government of India, Mr. Punjab Rao Deshmukh. In 1982, Delhi Zoo was given the status of National Zoological Park.

The National Zoological Park is an excellent location for a family outing. With a wide variety of animals such as the Asiatic Lion, the Royal Bengal tiger, the white tiger, fallow deer, peafowl, macaque monkeys, the Indian Rhinoceros, the swamp deer, the python and the King Cobra among Indian animals and the chimpanzee, the zebra, the African Wild Buffalo, the emu, the hippopotamus, the spider monkey and the jaguar among the foreign species, the Park is an enthralling and educational experience. It also looks after more than 200 species of trees, which are labelled and treated as exhibits in their own right. Adding a touch of heritage to the Zoo is the Mughal Kos Minar at the entrance.

The National Zoological Park can be found in New Delhi, on Mathura Road.


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