Jijamata Udyan Zoo Mumbai

Jijamata Udyan Zoo is located in Rani Jijamata Udyan Victoria Gardens, is established in 1861. It is one of the oldest zoos of India. The zoo is a habitat for a number of uncommon and endangered species of birds and animals. The garden covers a total area of more than 48 acres in Byculla, in the centre of Mumbai.

There's a clock tower on the main entrance of Jijamata Udyan Zoo, which reminds us of the Italian renaissance, but the clock doesn't work. The garden has a huge number of trees, few of these are quite old. The Albert museum lies in the garden, which displays many local archaeological findings like the large stone elephant kept at the entrance found in 1864 at Gharapuri Island.

25 lakh visitors come to the zoo every year. The ticket rates are nominal, Rs 5 for adults and Rs 2 for children. The Jijamata Udyan Zoo has often been accused of poor maintenance and negligence. The zoo houses 200 animals of 26 species, 450 birds of 45 species and eight reptiles.

The zoo authorities are very pleased with their effort of breeding uncommon species of birds like macaws and swans a few years back and releasing 200 deers in their natural habitat.

Last Updated on : 11 April 2011