Zoological Garden

The Zoological Garden in Kolkata consists of a hoard of animals within its premises. The Zoological Garden, which was the first of its kind in the whole of Asia, was established by the 'Burra Sahibs' and the 'Bengali Babus' of Kolkata, who intended to make Kolkata, the then capital of the East India Company, at par with the European capital cities.

The Zoological Garden of Kolkata standing on a vast area of about 100 acres, is one of the largest and oldest zoos in India. Amidst the profound flora and fauna of the Zoological Garden, one can find large variety of animals ranging from tigers, lions and elephants to the rare species of hibernating birds from all over the world.

Some of the important animals that are found in the Zoological Garden at Kolkata are:
  • White tigers
  • Royal Bengal Tigers
  • Manipur Brow Antlered Deer
  • Elephants
  • A 250 years old tortoise
  • Hippopotamus
  • Migratory birds from Siberia
  • Giraffes
  • Asian lions
  • Rhinoceros
  • Camels
  • Antelopes
  • Horses
  • Peacocks
  • Colorful birds from all over India
  • Snakes
  • Crocodiles, etc.
The Kolkata Zoological Garden, also known as the Alipur Zoo, is known for its contributions in the field of zoology. The Zoological Garden has played a vital role in breeding the almost extinct Manipur Brow Antlered Deer. It is also one of the first zoos to have produced the cross-breeds namely, Litigons and Tigions.

During the winters it is a treat for the travelers to visit the Zoological Garden, as birds from many cold countries come here for hibernation. It is also worthy of mention that the zoo has a number of 'Bhawans' or buildings dedicated to different species of reptiles. The rare species of Cobras and Pythons, with particolored stripes on their bodies, are a delight to watch.

So, as we can see, the Zoological Garden provides a wide range of animals under one roof. It is really a rare sight.

Last Updated on : 23 October 2012