National Zoological Park Delhi

Coordinates: 28°36′16″N 77°14′46″E / 28.6044359°N 77.2461981°E / 28.6044359; 77.2461981
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National Zoological Park Delhi
White Tiger at National Zoological Park, Delhi
28°36′16″N 77°14′46″E / 28.6044359°N 77.2461981°E / 28.6044359; 77.2461981
Date opened1 November 1959[1]
LocationDelhi, India
Land area176 acres (71 ha)[2]
No. of animals1347 (2008)[2]
No. of species127 (2008)[2]

The National Zoological Park (originally Delhi Zoo) is a 176-acre (71 ha) zoo in New Delhi, India.


Mughal period Kos Minar in the zoo

The Delhi zoo came decades later after New Delhi was built. although the idea to have a zoo at the national capital was mooted in 1951, the park was inaugurated in November 1959.[4]

In 1952 the Indian Board for Wildlife created a committee to look into creating a zoo for Delhi. The government of India was to develop the zoo and then turn it over to Delhi as a working enterprise. In 1953 the committee approved the location of the zoo, and in October 1955 it assigned N. D. Bachkheti of the Indian Forest Service to oversee the creation of the zoo.[2]

Initially Major Aubrey Weinman of the Ceylon Zoological Garden (now the National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka) was asked to help draw the plans for the zoo, but because he was not available for the long term, Carl Hagenbeck of the Zoological Garden of Hamburg was hired. In March 1956, Hagenbeck presented a preliminary plan, which included the recommendation to use moated enclosures for the new zoo. The plan was modified as needed to account for local conditions, and approved by the Indian government in December 1956.[2]

By the end of 1959, the Northern part of the zoo was complete, and animals which had been arriving for some time and which had been housed in temporary pens were moved into their permanent homes. The park was opened on 1 November 1959 as the Delhi Zoo. In 1982 it was officially renamed to National Zoological Park, with hopes that it could become a model for other zoos in the country.[2][5]

Maqsood incident[edit]

On 23 September 2014, a man named Maqsood, fell in white tiger's moat accidentally. The children around started throwing stones at the tiger. The man was then carried away and mauled by the enraged tiger after some minutes. The man later succumbed to his injuries.[6][7][8][9][10][11] The incident, which took place between 12.30 pm and 1 pm, created a sensation and word soon spread through the metropolis, with pictures and video of the tiger - one of the zoo's star attractions - dragging the man going viral.


Zoo entrance depicts the exhibits.

The zoo is home to about 1350 animals representing almost 130 species of animals and birds from around the world.[12]




Albino peacock

Conservation breeding[edit]

The zoo is part of conservation breeding programmes of the Central Zoo Authority for the royal Bengal tiger, Indian rhinoceros, swamp deer, Asiatic lion, brow antlered deer, and red junglefowl.[2]

The breeding program for the brow-antlered deer has been successful, starting with a pair of these deer in 1962, that individuals from the herd have been distributed to zoos in Ahmedabad, Kanpur, Lucknow, Hyderabad, Junagarh, and Mysore, and have acclimated well to all of these locations.[13]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "List of Zoos in India, from 1800 until now". Kuchbhi. Archived from the original on 21 October 2011. Retrieved 4 July 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Statistics". National Zoological Park. Archived from the original on 8 February 2019. Retrieved 24 July 2011.
  3. ^ "Search Establishment". CZA. Retrieved 4 July 2011.
  4. ^ "Hindustan Times ePaper, English News Paper, Today Newspaper, Online News Epaper". Archived from the original on 12 August 2022. Retrieved 12 August 2022.
  5. ^ "Recent Indian Headlines". 10 April 2009. Archived from the original on 10 April 2009. Retrieved 12 August 2022.
  6. ^ Archived 6 October 2014 at the Wayback Machine Белый тигр убил человека, который залез в клетку в индийском зоопарке 23.09.2014
  7. ^ [1] 印度动物园老虎咬死一人 2014年09月24日
  8. ^ Archived 6 October 2014 at the Wayback Machine 印度学生跳入动物园老虎场地被咬死 生前求饶【2】 2014年09月24日
  9. ^ Archived 6 October 2014 at the Wayback Machine 印度男子误入老虎圈 被当场咬死 2014-09-24
  10. ^ "White tiger mauls visitor inside New Delhi Zoo". ABC News. 23 September 2014. Archived from the original on 12 August 2022. Retrieved 12 August 2022.
  11. ^ Barry, Ellen; Najar, Nida (23 September 2014). "White Tiger Kills Visitor at Zoo in India". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Archived from the original on 22 November 2017. Retrieved 12 August 2022.
  12. ^ "Animals Inventory". Archived from the original on 12 August 2022. Retrieved 10 August 2022.
  13. ^ "Delhi Zoo". Delhi Live. Archived from the original on 2 October 2011. Retrieved 24 July 2011.

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