A zoological garden fondly known as zoo is the place where you can get a chance to see a wide variety of animals and will be generally under the control of Central Zoo Authority a part of The Ministry of Environment, says famous business Astrologer Hirav Shah.
As per our Indian government rules, any zoo in our country might buy, sell, exchange animals with the wildlife sanctuary parks and even uplift animals from wild forests.
The below is the list of the best and oldest zoos ( also called as animal parks) in India.
1. Indira Gandhi zoological park
Started in 1977, Indira Gandhi Zoological Park located in Coastal city Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.
Spread in over 625 sections of land, the zoo is named after late Prime Minister of India Smt. Indira Gandhi. Earlier, the zoo was a reserve forest named Kumabalkonda.
Indira Gandhi zoological park at Visakhapatnam is the home to more than eighty varied vegetation along with the wildlife.
2. Assam State Zoo
Located at Guwahati area in Assam, the zoo is also called as Botanical Garden by the local people and was started in 1958.
Spread in 432.4 sections of land, the zoo is situated inside a backwoods fondly known as Hengrabari Reserved Forest.
The zoo is home for more than 113 types of animal species present from throughout the world.
3. Nandankanan Zoological Park
Spread in over 1080 sections of land, NZP is one of the largest zoos in our country.
Located in the capital city of Odisha, Bhubaneswar, the zoo is also called The Garden of Heaven.
Wide range of animal species are available in the zoo and is popular as the main Indian zoo to be attached to the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums ( WAZA). The zoo was opened in 1960.
4. Nehru Zoological Park
Located in Hyderabad, Telangana, Nehru Zoological Park was started in 1963.
Spread in 380 sections of land, the zoo is one of the biggest one in our country.
This Zoological Park is home for more than a hundred wide varieties of creatures.
5. Mysore Zoo
Located in Mysore, Karnataka, Mysore Zoo is also famous as Sri Chamarajendra Zoological garden.
The zoo was started in 1892 and is home to around 168 types of animals and is very near to the famous Mysore Palace.
The zoo was supposed to begin functioning during the regime of Mysore Maharaja Sri Chamaraja Wodeyar. The zoo park was designed and supervised by the then famous German exterior decorator and horticulturist GH Krumbiegel, says Hirav Shah
6. National Zoological Park
Located in the national capital city Delhi, National Zoological Park was started in the year 1959.
Spread in 175.4 sections of land, this botanical garden has over 126 types of animal species.
The speciality of National Zoological Park in New Delhi is that you can witness White Tiger in it, says Hirav Shah.
7. Allen Forest Zoo
Spread in the area of 190.2 sections of land, Allen Forest Zoo is located in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh.
The zoo comes as an oasis amidst the mechanical city of Kanpur City says Hirav Shah.
Begun in 1971, Allen Forest Zoo is a collaboration of a few small forests in the region.
8. Sanjay Gandhi Jaivik Udyan
Begun in 1973, Sanjay Gandhi Jaivik Udyan is located at Patna, Bihar.
Spread in 153.2 sections of land, this park is the most fascinating one in Bihar. The zoo is a home for more than 400 types of creatures, birds, trees and fish species.
This Zoological Park is the oldest among other small and medium-range zoos located in Bihar, says Hirav Shah.
To summarize, though India has a wide variety of Zoological Parks, Hirav Shah opinions the above-mentioned oldest zoos to be visited once for sure to witness different types of animal species.