India is considered rich in biodiversity. Rightly so as it is home to an inventory of 2,546 species of fish, 197 classes of amphibians, 408 kinds of reptiles, and 410 species of mammals that are spread across the Himalayas, the Ganges and the Thar desert.
However, it is unfortunate that many wildlife habitats and even their absolute existence are at stake due to the sense of privilege humans world over have adapted. That is why today, it is vital more than ever that we invest in the knowledge of correlation and extend our life decisions (including our recreational travels) to inculcate the due respect for the quadrupedal occupants that walk the earth alongside us.
01. Delhi Zoo
The delhi zoo is a treat for the kids and wildlife enthusiasts such as yourself. The Manipur Brow-is the show stopper in this recreational hub that draws over 35000 visitors (exclusive of kids who are eligible for free tickets) each year. The in-built library is the zoo’s unique feature and adds a sense of academia to a day filled with fun no doubt!
Did you know? The Delhi zoo takes pride in its conservational breeding program for the Bengal Tiger.
02. Junagadh Zoo
The oldest zoo in the state of Gujarat is a perfect destination for a wholesome family outing. Its collection of exotic birds and carnivores is a call to appreciate the variety of wildlife that a tropical climate such as India’s enables. It is also a great way to introduce young people to the preservation of exotic animal species like tigers, leopards, and Lions. In fact, as the largest breeding center in the country, the Junagadh zoo is devoted to the care of the Asiatic Lion, now rendered as an endangered species.
Did you know? The zoo hosts a museum in which 10th-century Jain cloth writings that preserve documents and manuscripts of historic value are displayed.
03. Mysore Zoo
The Mysore zoo is located not far from the famed royal palace of the locality. Not only is it the most popular zoo but also the oldest of Wildlife Park in the south region of India, extending over a vast area of 245 acres.
Did you know? The Mysore zoo houses the largest herd of elephants among all the zoos operated in India.
04. Hyderabad Zoo
The Hyderabad Zoo is where you will sight the rare white-backed vulture. The park’s almost natural forest setting makes it one of the well-fitted wildlife reserves that enable an observer to admire the majesty of the animals as they roam free.
Did you know? The Hyderabad zoo also is known as the Nehru Zoological Park is named in honor of the first prime minister of independent India.
05. Trivandrum Zoo
The Trivandrum zoo mostly consists of open enclosures. It exhibits over 82 species from around the world including few of that are unique only to India such as the Indian rhino, the Asiatic lion, the royal Bengal tiger and, the lion-tailed macaque.
Did you know? The 55-acre wildlife sanctuary up keeps an extensive reptile farm that houses a wide range of both poisonous and non-poisonous snakes.
06. Chennai Zoo
The vandalur zoo is the largest zoological garden in India and covers a staggering 602 hectares in the area. It opens its doors to over 3000 visitors each day and remains a major tourist attraction in the capital of the Tamil Nadu state, housing over 170 exotic species in over 81 enclosures designed to mimic the natural habitat of the respective animal.
Did you know? The Chennai zoo has a great initiative that allows you to adopt animals through financial support which in-return ensures a higher standard of care for the animals.
07. Guwahati Zoo
The Assam state zoo is the largest in northeast India. Many ingenious animals and a wide array of reptiles take refuge in its territory of 432 acres which is placed within the Hengrabari Reserved Forest.
Did you know? The top attractions of the Assam zoo include the Tiger, the Himalayan Black Bear, and the Golden Langur.
08. Nandankanan Zoo
Nandankanan is the best place to capture the exotic white tigers in your lenses. It is also the world’s first zoo to attempt breading the said classification of tigers. It is prided as the only zoological park in India to have the honor of admittance to the World Association of Zoos and Aquarium (WAZA).
Did you know? Nandankanan is the world’s only conservation breeding center of the Indian Pangolin.
09. Darjeeling Zoo
Because of its unique placement that hems the Himalayan mountain range, the Darjeeling zoo is home to many highland dwellers that cannot be sighted elsewhere. While this extensive list carries many names, the snow leopard, the red panda, the Tibetan wolf, the Himalayan black bear, and the Siberian tigers are the key opponents that make Darjeeling a frequently visited facility.
Did you know? Darjeeling zoo is a member of the ZIMS (zoological information management system) that aims to conserve animals from the Asian region.
10. Nainital Zoo
Drawing similarities from the Darjeeling zoo, Nainital’s higher altitude remains the perfect habitat for mountain animals such as the snow leopard, the barking deer, the Siberian tiger, the Himalayan black bear, the eagle, and hill fox.
Did you know? The Nainital zoo is situated at an altitude of 2100 meters above sea level.