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Statue of Jijamata and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj at VJBU & Zoo
|Land area||50 acres (20 ha)|
|Veermata Jijabai Bhosale Udyan & Zoo|
|Type||Botanical Garden & Zoo|
|Owned by||Municipal corporation of greater Mumbai|
|Operated by||Director Zoo, MCGM, Mumbai|
|Visitors||8000 to 30,000 (on holiday)|
|Collections||Sundari(glass pane tree), Castanospermum australe, Coccoloba uvifera|
Jijamata Udyan, commonly known as Byculla Zoo formerly called Rani Baug (Queen's Gardens) after the original name Victoria Gardens, is a zoo and garden covering 50 acres located at Byculla, in the heart of Mumbai, India. It is the oldest public garden in Mumbai. After Indian independence it was renamed after Jijamata, the mother of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, the first Maratha emperor.
In 1835, British administration granted a large plot of land in Sewri to the Agro Horticultural Society of Western India for a botanical garden. That land was later acquired for a European burial ground. In 1861, construction of a new garden was commenced on 33 acres in the Mount Estate, Mazgaon (now included in Byculla). The flora from Sewri garden was transferred to this new garden named Victoria Gardens which was formally opened to the public by Lady Frere on 19 November 1862. Agro Horticultural Society of Western India continued to maintain Victoria Gardens till 1873 when the society's end led to the municipal corporation taking over the garden's upkeep. In 1890 the garden was extended by 15 acres especially for the zoo.
The garden also houses the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, a staff building in Greco-Roman style erected in the memory of Lady Frere, an equestrian statue of King Edward VII of England made of black marble (originally installed near the University of Bombay) known as Kala Ghoda and the David Sassoon clock tower.
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