National Zoological Park
Established in the year 1959, Delhi National Zoological Park of Delhi Zoo lies near the famous Old Fort. One of the best zoos in the entire Asian continent, its uniqueness is that it tries to provide an almost natural habitat to the animals and birds houses here. It proves to be an ideal picnic spots, especially in winters, and is spread over an area of 214 acres. National Zoological Gardens of New Delhi houses more than 2,000 species of animals and birds.
Belonging to different places like Africa, America, Australia, etc, these animals and birds find a home at this zoo. The entrance to the Delhi Zoo consists of the Mughal Kos Minar. The winding pathway, laid with the red Badarpur gravel, swerves off into two directions after approximately one km. Along with the wildlife on both the sides, the right side of the zoo also consists of a library, a storehouse of information on animals, birds, plants, rare zoological species, etc in India.
Wildlife at Delhi Zoo
The right walkway brings you to the cages of the animals such as Chimpanzee, Hippopotamus, Spider monkey, African Wild Buffalo, Gir Lion and Zebras etc. While, the left one leads you to the enclosures of the water animals. You can also see a number of migratory birds like Peafowl, Hyenas, Macaque, Jaguar, etc in the swamps made for the water birds. At the heart of the zoo, lies the underground Reptile Home complex for the nocturnal animals like King Cobra, Pythons and a number of other species.
Fauna at Delhi Zoo
There are approximately 200 varieties of trees in the National Zoological Park of Delhi, properly displayed with their respective descriptions. Some of them are hanging deep yellow Alamtas or the Phulahi hedges, drought resistant Lahura trees, Delhi Bistendu, etc.
The best way to view New Delhi National Zoological Gardens is on an open-roofed mobile van, available at affordable charges within the zoo. There is also a cafeteria outside the zoo.
Delhi Zoo Timings
8:30 am to 5:30 pm (April to October)
9:30 pm to 4:30 pm (October to March)
Closes Every Friday
Entry Fee of Delhi Zoo
Adult: Rs. 10
Child (Upto 5 to 12 Years): Rs. 5
Child (Below 5 Years): Free
Adult and Child (above 5 years): Rs. 50 along with one Guide Map of NZP.
Child (Below 5 Years): Free
Still Camera: Free
Video Camera (Commercial): Rs. 500 per Day
Video Camera (Domestic): Rs. 50 per Day
Migratory Birds in Delhi Zoo
Every year during the period from mid October till March, Delhi Zoological Park becomes the host of migratory birds. These birds come from Siberia, China, Ladakh and near by hilly areas.
Most of the common species that can be spoted during this period in the Delhi Zoo are Pintail, Shoveler, Pochard, Common Teal, Wagtail, Dabchicks and Coot.
In the late 80's Delhi Zoo got more than 5,000 species here. But now, it gets about 500 of species. Among the tru migratory birds, the comb duck (or knob-billed duck) and the garganey duck haven't spotted by the zoo in a long time either.