About National Zoological Park
One of the finest breeding programs that happened here is of Antlered Deer which began in 1962 and in the later decades, the population of the deer grew substantially and the deer were distributed to various zoos in Ahmedabad, Lucknow, Junagarh, Mysore, and Kanpur.
How to Reach National Zoological Park
By Metro: Khan Market is the nearest metro station to the National Zoological Park. Take the metro from IGI International Airport metro station to New Delhi-Airport Express and then take another metro to Central Secretariat and then take another metro to Khan Market.
Best Time to Visit National Zoological Park
Though the zoo remains open all-around the year, it is advisable to visit the National Zoological Park in the summer season and winter season as more and more birds migrate to the zoo. To witness the migrating Little Brown Dove, Ring Dove, and Little Cormorant birds, one should visit the zoo in the summer season. To see birds like Common Swallow, various Wagtail birds, and Tailor Bird, one should visit the zoo during the winter season.
What Not to Miss at National Zoological Park
Places to Visit Near National Zoological Park
1. Purana Qila or Quila
Due to its historical importance and mammoth size and beauty, the fort is very popular among the tourists. There are various gates and mosques inside the Purana Qila like the Qila-i-Kuhna Mosque, Sher Mandal, Humayun Gate, Talaqi Darwaza, and many other gates.
On one end of Rajpath lies the world-famous India Gate which stands as a memorial of the unknown soldier for the martyrs of World War I. Many national as well as international tourists visit India Gate in large numbers.
A few other places to visit near the National Zoological Park are the National Science Centre, Old Delhi Bazaar and the Crafts Museum.
Other Essential Information About National Zoological Park
Location: Mathura Road, New Delhi - 03
History of National Zoological Park
The main motive of establishing a zoo in the national capital was to provide a healthy and inexpensive breakaway to the habitants and the tourists. The National Board for Wildlife (formerly Indian Board of Wildlife) was constituted in 1951 made a special appeal to establish a zoo in Delhi. To this, a special committee was formed under the secretaryship of E.F. Bowring Walsh, who at that time was the secretary of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals.
With funds from the Central Government and the project getting executed from the State Government, the plan for building a zoo was now on its path. A report on the layout plan was presented to the Government of India in March 1956 and by December 1956, the government gave the nod to start the work on the plan. The construction of the zoo was completed by 1959 with roads, waterways, ponds, fences and animal houses been constructed alongside some lawns and plantation did.
With the news of the development of a zoo in Delhi spreading across the country, many zoos from different cities of India gifted many animals to the zoo authorities. The zoo was formally inaugurated on 1st November 1959 and was initially called as Delhi Zoo. In 1982, the name of the zoo was later changed to National Zoological Park from Delhi Zoo.
Animals in National Zoological Park
The zoo is home to many indigenous animals and birds from India and also a few species belonging to international borders.
Restaurants Near National Zoological Park
The National Zoological Park also has a canteen for its visitors. Other than its canteen, there are various other food outlets and restaurants near the National Zoological Park. They are as follows:
The restaurant offers vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free food options. Masala Houses try to combine art in their various cuisines and attempt to make your experience a comfortable and pleasant one.
Some other restaurants near the National Zoological Park are SAZ - American Brasserie, Cafe Lota, Number 8 and Nathu’s Sweets.
Tips for Visiting National Zoological Park
1. Do not try to play loud music or any instrument as this may disturb the animals.