Kanpur city is the recipient of several accolades. As the energetic industrial hub of Uttar Pradesh in North India, the cultural extravaganzas and the aficionados of Kanpur not only heap praises upon the city's historical eminence and tourist attractions, but also praises its natural heritage manifested in the form of Allen Forest Zoo or Kanpur Zoo.
Established in 1971, Allen Forest Zoo was named after Sir Allen, an erstwhile bureaucrat of the British Indian Civil Services. The zoo ranks among the countries best and is spread out over an area of 48 acres. Also known as the Kanpur Zoo, it is a popular picnic spot among tourists and local residents.
The zoo houses a botanical garden which flourishes in the colorful hues of the seasonal blooms. The botanical garden also has a collection of some of the country's rare plant species. Complete with verdant flora, the garden is spread with sparkling lakes which enhance the beauty of the surroundings.
The Allen Forest Zoo is located about two kilometers away from the city's epicenter. The zoo lies among peaceful green forests and paints a pretty picture with its beautiful natural surroundings. The fauna which can be found in this zoo are: White Asiatic Tiger, Asiatic Lions, Cheetah, Leopard, Hyena, Bear, Grizzly, Monkeys, name Languor, Baboon, Musk deer, Deer, Antelope and a variegated species of birds like Emus, Ostrich, Parrots, Parakeet, Crane and various Indian as well as European fowls.
A visit to Kanpur mandates a stopover at the Allen Forest Zoo which remains open throughout the week, except on Mondays and exhibits the city's diverse and rich natural heritage.
Last Updated on 17 September 2012