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Wildlife in Pune

Pune serves as the habitat of nearly half the species of higher animals recorded from the entire Deccan plateau. This intriguingly high diversity of wildlife in Pune within a comparatively small area may perhaps be ascribed to its location in the transitional region of diverse bio-geographic zones.

Pune is situated between the dry Deccan plateau on the east and the wet Western Ghat mountains on the west, which explains its high mammalian and fish diversity.

Migratory birds regularly visit Pune every year. If you arrive at the accurate time, you can take the pleasure of witnessing many exotic varieties of birds at city parks like:
  • Saras Bagh
  • Peshwa Udyan
  • Empress Garden
  • Bund Garden
Katraj Snake Park is the perfect place to explore the wildlife of Pune. This conservation park houses several varieties of wildlife of Pune like snakes, reptiles, birds and turtles. There are over 160 species of snakes here. A zoo and a library within makes it a popular tourist destination. It is well-known for its pro-wildlife activities. It has organized many snake festivals and snake awareness programs.

Katraj Snake Park is located along the Pune Satara Highway near the Bharati Vidyapeeth University. It is about 8 kilometers from Pune, close to the Katraj Bus Depot. Six seater auto rickshaws may be obtained from Swargate.

Timings: 10:30 am to 6 pm (closed on Wednesday)
Entry fee: Rs 3 for adults and Rs 2 for children.

There is a wide variety of wildlife in Pune, particularly because of its weather and location.

Last Updated on : 23 May 2013