Nainital Zoo in Nainital Uttarakhand

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The Nainital Zoo is a high-altitude zoo located at a height of 2,100 metres (6900 feet) above sea level on the Sher Ka Danda hill. The zoo occupies 4.6 hectares (11 acres) of lush space. It was founded in 1984 and was opened to the public in 1995. In 2002, the zoo was given the name Pt. Govind Ballabh Pant High Altitude Zoo. This is one of India’s three high-altitude zoos; the other two are in Sikkim and Darjeeling.

The Royal Bengal Tiger, Sambar, Tibetan Wolves, Leopard Cat, Barking Deer, Japanese Macaque, and Himalayan bear are among the rare species that call the Nainital Zoo home. Golden Pheasant, Rose-ringed Parakeet, Kalij Pheasant, Lady Amherst Pheasant, Steppe Eagle, Hill Partridge, White Peafowl, Blossom Headed Parakeet, and Red Junglefowl are among the zoo’s many birds. The majority of the animals are adopted by individuals or animal welfare organisations.

The zoo, which is located between the middle Himalayas and the Shivalik mountain range, is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Nainital. It gives visitors an excellent landscape.

The Bharat Ratna Pandit Govind Ballabh Pant High Altitude Zoo Management Society Nainital manages the zoo and hosts a variety of outreach events. These events are primarily focused on raising public awareness about endangered species, wildlife conservation, and animal natural habitats. The events are held on occasions such as:

1. June 5th is World Environment Day.
2. From the 1st to the 7th of October, there will be a wildlife week.
3. The 16th of September is Ozone Layer Conservation Day, and the 16th of September is Zoo Foundation Day.

The activities include zoo visits, art, quizzes, and a debating tournament, among others. This outreach programme raises awareness of wildlife and animal issues among pupils.

Nainital Zoo Entry Fee and Timings in Nainital

Entrance Fee of Nainital Zoo

The cost of admission to the zoo is Rs. 50 for adults and Rs. 20 for children. Carrying a camera comes with a price of Rs. 25 for a still camera and Rs. 200 for a professional video camera.

Senior citizens and those with disabilities do not have to pay an admission fee.

Students also receive free admission on World Environment Day, Ozone Day, Zoo Foundation Day, and during Wild Life Week.

Timings of Nainital Zoo

Except on Mondays, the zoo is open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. every day of the week. On Holi, Diwali, Republic Day, and Independence Day, the zoo is closed.

Nainital Zoo is one of the top places to visit in Nainital for wildlife enthusiasts. This well-kept zoo, officially known as Bharat Ratna Pt. Govind Ballabh Pant High Altitude Zoo Nainital, is the only zoo in Uttarakhand. So do not miss this amazing place when visiting Nainital!

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