A State-wise List of Popular ‘Zoos’-Approved By the ‘Central Zoo Authority of India’/CZA

In India there are many “Zoos”, mini-zoos, circuses, rescue centers for animals and birds  wherein animals, birds and reptiles are kept and the zoos are maintained  for the following purposes :
  • for exhibition to the public, 
  • for wildlife conservation and 
  • for environmental education.

In view of a fast and uncontrolled growth of zoos, circuses etc. dealing with animals, birds and reptiles in India, a body of the Union Government of India was formed in the year 1992 to control and regulate zoos etc. in India, with the name “Central Zoo Authority of India” /CZA

as an  affiliate member of the “World Association of Zoos and Aquariums”/WAZA,

The Central Zoo Authority of India/CZA has got powers and duties for the following functions:

  • To oversee the functioning and the development of zoos in India,
  • To  evaluate and asses the functioning of every zoo with reference to prescribed norms and standards and to grant recognition to such zoos which can come up to the prescribed norms and standards within a reasonable time,
  • To regulate acquisition of animals by zoos keeping in view the overall interest of conservation,
  • To upgrade technical skills of zoo personnel on various aspects of zoo management,
  • To encourage research with regard to captive breeding and zoo education programmes,
  • To identify endangered species of wild animals for the purpose of captive breeding and oversee their execution including maintenance of appropriate records and
  • To provide technical and financial assistance to zoos for their development and management on scientific line.
As of 01st December 2013, out of total of 510 zoos which applied for recognition, only 195 zoos have been recognized and 315 zoos have been De-recognized/ recognition cancelled by CZA, based on the eligibility criteria laid down by the CZA.

The following is a State-wise List of Some of the Zoos approved/authorized by the Central Zoo Authority of India:

Andaman & Nicobar Islands:
  • Biological Park, Chidyatapu/Port Blair
Andhrapradesh:
  • Indira Gandhi Zoological Park/Visakhapatnam
  • Nehru Zoological Park/Hyderabad
  • Sri Venkateswara Zoological Park/Tirupati – The largest zoo in India –  in a total area of 2212 hectares
Arunachal Pradesh:
  • Biological Park/Itanagar
Assam:
  • Assam State Zoo-Cum-Botanical Garden/Guwahati
Bihar:
  • Sanjay Gandhi Biological Park/Patna
Delhi:
  • National Zoological Park/Delhi  
Gujarath:
  • Kamal Nehru Zoological Garden/Ahmedabad
  • Sayaji Baug Zoo/Vadodara
  • Rajkot Zoo/Rajkot
Himachal Pradesh:
  • Dhauladhar Nature Park /Gopalpur
Jammu&Kashmir:
  • Jammu Zoo/Jammu
Jharkhand:
  • Jawaharlal Nehru Biological Park/Bokaro
  • Bhagwan Birsa Biological Park/Ranchi
  • Tata Steel Zoological Park/Jamshedpur
Karnataka:
  • Bellary Childrens Park-Cum-Zoo/Bellary
  • National Park & Zoological Garden, Bannerghatta/Bangalore
  • Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens/Mysore
Kerala:
  • Kodanadu Zoo/Kodanadu
  • Malampuzha Snake Park/ Malampuzha
  • Thiruvananthapuram Zoo/Thiruvananthapuram
  • Parassinikkadavu Reptile Park/Kanur
  • State Museum & Zoo/ Thrissur
Madhya Pradesh:
  •  Kamla Nehru Prani Sanghrahalaya Zoo/Indore
  • Van Vihar National Park Zoo/Bhopal


Maharashtra:


  • Maharaja Shahaji Chhatrapati Zoo/Kolhapur
  • Maharajbagh Zoo/Nagpur
  • Mahatma Gandhi Rashtriya Udyan Zoo/Solapur
  • Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park and Wild Life Research Center/Pune
Manipur:
  • Manipur Zoological Garden/Imphal
Meghalaya:
  • Lady Hydari Park Animal Land/Meghalaya Zoo/Shillong
Mizoram:
  • Aizawal Zoo/Mizoram Zoo//Aizwal
Nagaland:
Nagaland Zoological Park, Rangapahar/Dimapur
Odisha:
  • Indira Gandhi Park Zoo/Rourkela

Punjab:
  • Ludhiana Zoo/Ludhiana
Rajasthan:
  • Bikaner Zoo/Bikaner
  • Jaipur Zoo/Jaipur
  • Panchwati Deer Park/Pilani
  • Jodhpur Zoo/Jodhpur
  • Kota Zoo/Kota
  • Safari Park, Haridasji-ki-magri/Udaipur
Sikkim:
  • Himalayan Zoological Park/Gangtok

Tamilnadu:
  • Arignar Anna Zoological Park/Vandalur, Chennai
  • Childrens Park/Guindy, Chennai
  • Chennai Snake Park/Guindy, Chennai
  • Madras Crocodile Bank & Centre For Herpetology/Mahabalipuram, Chennai
Tripura:
  • Sepahijala Zoological Park/Sepahijala, Agartala,

Uttarkhand:

  • Pt.Govind Ballabh Pant High Altitude Zoo/Nainital
Uttar Pradesh:
  • Kanpur Zoological Park/Kanpur
  • Lucknow Zoological Park/Lucknow
West Bengal:
  • Alipore Zoological Garden/Kolkata
  • Adina Deer Park/Malda
  • Calcutta Snake Park/Badu, Kolkata
  • Marble Palace Zoo/Kolkata- The oldest zoo in India- Established in the year 1854
  • Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park/Darjeeling

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