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The Padmaja Naidu Zoological Park is a splendid enclosure in Darjeeling housing a large number of different sort of animals. Also known as Darjeeling Zoo, this is a haven for animals of all kinds and a huge centre of attraction for animal lovers and nature enthusiasts. The zoo is known internationally for its breeding and conservation programs and also includes an off-display breeding centre for snow leopards and red pandas. In addition to these rarer species, the zoo is also enriched with Asiatic black bear, barking deer, leopards, blue and yellow Macaw, Eastern Pangolin, Pheasant, Himalayan Monal, Himalayan Wolf, Lady Amherst, leopard cat, Macaw, Red jungle fowl, Red Panda, Royal Bengal tiger , Sambar Deer, Temminck's Tragopan, Yak, and lots of more.
This attraction was set up in 1958 and was named after the former governor of West Bengal, Padmaja Naidu, who was also the daughter of Sarojini Naidu. Witha n average elevation of a whopping 7000 feet, it's the most important and biggest high altitude zoo in India. The Padmaja Naidu Zoological Park focuses on breeding animals adapted to alpine conditions and has successful captive breeding programs for the snow leopard, the critically endangered Himalayan wolf and the red panda. The zoo is the central hub for Central Zoo Authority of India's red panda program and is a member of the world Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Owing to its unyielding efforts to repopulate these endangered species, the Darjeeling Zoo has been awarded the prestigious honour of "The Earth Heroes" in 2014 out of over 300 zoos worldwide.
Timings are subject to change. You will be automatically booked into a time slot as part of the check out process. Please visit the official website to confirm the time slot before your visit.
The layout of the Darjeeling Zoo has been made such that it somewhat imitates the living conditions of the Alpine animals that are bred here. As you enter through the main gate, you are welcomed with a huge aviary that houses many different kinds of birds such as Rose Ring Parakeets, Hill Mynas, Ring-Necked Pheasants, and Blue Gold Macaw. From here on, there are roads that span into every direction possible, and you can choose your pick. If you decide to take the straight road uphill, you will see a flight of stairs which are supposed to be taken on your journey back and not into the zoo. After you walk a few paces, you will be able to spot a few Himalayan Black Bears lolling around which are originally native to the mountains of Tibet, Nepal and China.
A few steps beyond the bears' enclosure, if you peer to your left over the fence, you will see Yaks which are native to Himalayan and Southcentral Asia spending a quiet time here. Keep walking uphill, and you will encounter the upper section of the zoo. Take the road on the right and you will see a number of big cats such as Indian Tigers, Snow Leopards, Black Leopards and Clouded Leopards in open spaces but bound by wires. A prized possession of the Padmaja Naidu Zoological Park is its very rare Siberian Tiger, which can be seen here as well. The section on the right has Tibetan Wolves in an open area, and a section next to it houses Jackals.
Once you reach the bottom of the zoo near the aviary, you will be able to see the Red Panda Conservation Section, where a suitable environment has been created for them to be able to live a healthy life and repopulate their species. Among other animals that you can see on this stretch are Sambar Deer, Blue Sheep, Himalayan Tahr, Barking Deer, Goral and Musk Deer