The Alipore Zoological Garden Kolkata is one of the major attractions in Kolkata and is visited every day by thousands of tourists and the local people. During the weekends the zoo is filled with children and grown up people. It is one of the oldest zoological parks in India and was open to the public from 1876. It was home to the Aldabra Giant Tortoise Adwaita, which was over 250 years, and died in the year 2006. The zoo was not very far from our hotel and we took a cab to reach the zoo. We reached the zoo within 10 minutes and after taking the ticket, got in through the electronic gate.
The zoo is open to the visitors from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm on all days of the week, except for Thursdays. The entry fee is Rs.20 per visitor and if you wish to take video inside, it is Rs.250 per hour. It was a large zoo covering an area of 46.5 acres and there was greenery all around. First we went to see the birds, and saw different species of birds, which included some endangered species also. We saw large parrots, Touracos and Hornbills, flightless birds like Emu, Cassowary and Ostrich, and many more.
The Mammals included Bengal Tiger, Asiatic Lion, Leopard, Jaguar, African Lion, Jungle Cat, various species of deer, porcupine, Himalayan Black Bear, Red Kangaroo, Indian Elephant, Nilgai etc. The tigers are now placed in a new glass walled enclosure, so that the visitors can view then clearly without disturbing them. The aviary for birds is also newly built.
The Reptile House inhabited crocodiles, Gharials, Giant Tortoise, Indian Python. King Cobra and many other poisonous and non poisonous snakes, Indian starred Tortoise, Marsh Crocodile and many more. We also saw various species of monkeys, Chimpanzee, Slender, Slow Loris, Common Marmoset, Hamadryas Baboon, Olive Baboon and many other species of Primates. We were told that the water bodies in the zoo attracted a lot of migratory birds in the winter season. After spending about 4 hours in the zoo, we came out and visited the Aquarium near the zoo. We had an enjoyable time at the zoo.