Located against the magical backdrop of the Purana Qila, National Zoological Park (NZP) was envisioned by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. Major Weinman of Colombo and Carl Hagenbeck of West Germany were the designers of NZP that was opened in 1959 to the public.
Its 176-acre expanse has manicured lawns, expansive animal enclosures, thick woodlands interspersed with brooks and lakes, and a thriving populations of migratory birds. Every year more than 13,00,000 people visit the Delhi Zoo that houses more than 1200 birds, mammals and reptiles.
The logo of Delhi Zoo is the Manipur Brow-antlered deer, highly rare and endangered species. The Manipur subspecies is confined to the valley of Manipur. In 1962, Delhi Zoo received a pair of these deer from as a gift from the then Manipur State. Between 1963 and 1976, 36 births had been recorded. Encouraged by this success, it was decided to set up more breeding zones for these deer. Hence from Delhi Zoo, herd were distributed on a sale or barter basis to zoos at Ahmedabad, Kanpur, Lucknow, Hyderabad, Junagarh and Mysore. To everybody’s surprise, the deer adjusted to atmospheric conditions everywhere.
How to Reach NZP
The National Zoological Park is approximately:
4 km from Connaught Place
12 km from the Inter-State Bus Terminus (ISBT)
6 km from New Delhi Railway Station
10 km from Old Delhi Railway Station
25 km from the Indira Gandhi International Airport
If you still cannot find the place, you can call their office number: (011) 24358500
April 1st to October 15th
9:00am to 4:30pm
October 16th to March 31st
9:30am to 4:00pm
The park is closed on Fridays.