(Last Updated on : 17/08/2013)
Zoos of Northern India play a key role in preserving a vast variety of fauna of this region. The animals are kept within enclosed spaces for displaying them to the public. Apart from animals, a variety of floras are also preserved in these zoos. They also focus on the protection of animals rights.
Zoos of Punjab
Zoos of Punjab protect a variety of fauna of the state. Chhatbir Zoo is located on the Chandigarh Patiala
Road. It is also known as Mahendra Chaudhary Zoological Park and serves as the home of about 950 species of animals and 85 species of birds including the migratory ones. Royal Bengal Tiger
are the major attractions of this zoo. Bir Talab Zoo is another important zoo of Punjab situated near Bhatinda
. It is a famous tourist site which houses a number of Sambhar
, black buck
, cheetah etc.
Zoos of Uttar Pradesh
Uttar Pradesh also houses a number of zoos with a vast variety of animals. Lucknow
Zoo hosts 57 species of reptiles, 348 species of birds, 447 species of mammals and 97 varieties of animals. Common fauna of the zoo include Royal Bengal tigers, lions, Hoolock gibbons, white tigers, wolves, Indian rhinoceros
, Himalayan black bear
, swamp deer, common otters, barking deer and many more. Another zoo of Uttar Pradesh is National Zoological Park situated in New Delhi
. The zoo had been granted the status of National Zoological Park in the year 1982. It houses a large species of animals such as Chimpanzee, Spider monkey, Hippopotamus, Zebras, Peafowl, Macaque
, Jaguar etc. More than 200 varieties of trees are also found in the zoo.
Zoos of Uttarakhand
Famous zoos of Uttarakhand enlist Nainital
Zoo, also known as Bharat Ratna Pt. Govind Ballabh Pant High Altitude Zoo. The zoo is highly popular among children and students. It hosts a number of high altitude animals are like Snow Leopard
, Siberian Tiger, Sambhar Deer, Wolf, Himalayan Black Bear, Silver Pheasants, Hill Fox, Palm Civet Cat etc. Several rare Himalayan birds are also the residents of this zoo. Malsi Deer Park is also a renowned zoo which attracts a large tourist population. Situated near Dehradun
, the zoo hosts a number of majestic deer population, Nilgai
, antelope and peacock
Zoos of Himachal Pradesh
Manali Zoo is a well known zoo of the state. Monal, the state bird of Manali serve as the major attraction of the zoo. Apart from this, several other animals are also found in the zoo.
Zoos of Rajasthan
zoo, in Rajasthan, is a renowned zoo of the country. Located amidst the lush green landscape, it is also known for being the biggest crocodile breeding centre of India. Several endangered species of flora and fauna are also the inhabitants of the zoo. The zoo is mainly divided into two parts viz. animal zoo and bird zoo. Bird zoo however also displays a number of reptiles.
Zoos of Northern India have a major contribution in the preservation of natural resources of the country. These zoos are also ideal centres for tourism and excursions. They attract a number of tourists, students and children and also conserve the national heritage of India.