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Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, Darjeeling  is the only specialized Zoo in the country and is internationally recognized for its conservation breeding programmes of Red Panda, Snow Leopards, Tibetan Wolf and other highly endangered animal species of Eastern Himalaya.


Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park (also called the Darjeeling Zoo) is spread over an area of  67.56-acre (27.3 ha) in the town of Darjeeling of West Bengal, India.  The zoo was opened in 1958, at an average elevation of 7,000 feet (2,134 m), is the largest high altitude zoo in India. It specializes in 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 attracts about 300,000 visitors every year. The park is named after Padmaja Naidu (1900–1975), daughter of Sarojini Naidu.


A zoo was established on August 14, 1958 in the Birch Hill neighbourhood of Darjeeling under the Department of Education of the Government of West Bengal with a goal to study and preserve Himalayan fauna. Its first Director and founder was Dilip Kumar Dey. Mr. Dey, who belonged to the Indian Forest Service was on deputation to the Department of Education for the express purpose of establishing a high-altitude zoological park specializing mainly in Himalayan flora and fauna. The park's prized possessions were a pair of Siberian (Ussuri) tigers presented to the Government of India by Soviet Premier Nikita Khruschev in 1960. Over the years famous names in the world of Conservation have been attracted to and have visited the PNHZP. The zoo now contains endangered animals like snow leopards, red pandas, gorals (mountain goat), Bengal tigers and a variety of endangered birds. However, there has been concern regarding the fact that the Himalayan animals may face a threat due to rising temperatures in the hilly area.

 

In January 1972, the park became a registered society, with an agreement that maintenance costs would be shared by the central and state governments. In May 1993, the park was transferred to the West Bengal Department of Forests. The park was renamed in 1975 when Indira Gandhi, the Prime Minister of India, visited the park and dedicated it to the memory of Padmaja Naidu.

 

The zoo includes an off-display breeding center for snow leopards and red pandas. Captive breeding of snow leopards was started in 1983, with leopards which were brought to the zoo from Zurich, the United States, and Leh-Ladakh. The red panda program was started in 1994 with individuals from the Cologne Zoo, the Madrid Zoo, Belgium, and the Rotterdam Zoo. In addition to these species, the zoo is breeding the Himalayan tahr, blue sheep, Himalayan monal, grey peacock pheasant, Himalayan salamander, blood pheasant and satyr tragopan.  The zoo is famous for its conservation breeding programmes of the red panda, Himalayan salamander, Tibetan wolf, and snow leopard.


This zoo  has two  satellite facilities at Dowhill, Kurseong at a altitude of 6,000 feet  and Topkeydara for conservation breeding of endangered species like - (i) Pheasants, (ii) Herbivore,  (iii) Snow Leopard and  (iv) Red Panda.

At a Glance

1.

Name of the Zoo

Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, Darjeeling, West Bengal

2.

Category of the Zoo

Medium

3.

Zoo Location

Jawahar Parbat (West), Darjeeling

4.

Area of the Zoo

47.82 Acres

5.

Year of Establishment

1958

6.

Objective

I   Conservation education and awareness. 

II  In-situ & Ex-situ Conservation of endangered wild animal species of eastern Himalayas (Red Panda, Snow Leopard, Pheasant, Himalayan Goral,Himalayan Newt).

7.

Theme of display

  1. Broad taxonomic display of wild animal species of Eastern Himalayas (alpine to lower hills).
  2.  Satellite facility at Dowhill for Sambar, Barking Deer, Wild Boar, Goral, Red Jungle Fowl and Kalij Pheasant.

8.

No. of Visitors

More than 7.00 lakhs per year

9.

Important Species

Snow leopard, Red Panda, Tiger, Leopard, Himalayan Black Bear, Blue Sheep, Mishmi Takin, Clouded Leopard, Markhor, Himalayan Thar, Himalayan Goral, Pheasants, Slow Loris etc.

10.

Manpower

  1. Director - 1 No.                                            
  2. Assistant Director - 1 No.
  3. Vet. Officer - 1 No.
  4. Zoo Biologist – 1 No
  5. Sub-Assistant Engineer – 1 No
  6. Zoo Supervisor – 2 Nos
  7. Security Supervisor – 1 No
  8. Accountant – 1 No

 Support staff as per needs

11.

In-charge

Director

 

Address

Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, Jawar Parbat (West), Darjeeling 734 101, West Bengal

 

State

West Bengal

 

Telephone No.

0354-2254250/2253709

 

Fax

0354-2252522

 

E-mail Id

pnhzp@yahoo.com

 

Website

www.pnhzp.gov.in

12.

Controlling Authority

Member Secretary

 

Address

Aranya Bhawan, Block – LA-10A, Sector – III, Salt Lake City, Kolkata 700 106, West Bengal

 

Telephone No.

033-2335 0012/2335-5011

 

Fax

033-2335 0012

 

E-mail Id

wbzooautority@yahoo.in/ mswbza@gmail.com


 

Attraction
Mammals Birds Reptiles Amphibians
TotalSpecies
15022
TotalSpecies
20020
TotalSpecies
147
TotalSpecies
291
Zoo Visitors

 VISITORS STATEMENT FROM APRIL 2018 to MARCH 2019

MONTH ADULT CHILDREN TOTAL 
APRIL     73483
MAY     116463
JUNE     120387
JULY     42973
AUGUST     27815
SEPTEMBER     34035
OCTOBER     84008
NOVEMBER     69857
DECEMBER     70030
JANUARY     48619
FEBRUARY     37515
MARCH     69707
APRIL     67700
MAY     111007
JUNE     122636
JULY     37347
Schemes

Statement of Adoption of Animals of Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, Darjeeling During the year 2018-2019:

 

Sl No

Name of the animal adopted

Name of the adopter

Duration of the adoption

Rate of adoption

1

Snow Leopard (Uncia uncia)

Pallishree Limited, Kolkata

1st August 2018 to 31st July 2019

Rs 1,00,000

2

Red panda

(Ailurus fulgens fulgens)

Pallishree Limited, Kolkata

1st August 2018 to 31st July 2019

Rs 60,000

3

Himalayan Monal

(Lophophorus impejanus)

Vanachar Welfare Flora and Fauna Foundation, Gurgaon Haryana

22nd January 2019 to 21st January 2020

Rs 10,000

  Total     Rs. 1,70,000
 

 

During the financial year 2017-16 a total of 3 different animals are adopted by different individuals and organisations and a total of Rs. 2,11,000.00 have been received by the Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, Darjeeling. The details of which are provided below:-

 

Sl.No

Adopted Species

Rate

Person /Organisation

Annual

1

Snow leopard (Panthera uncia)

Rs 1,00,000

Pallishree Limited, Kolkata

2017-2018

2

Red Panda (Ailurus fulgens fulgens)

Rs 50,000

Pallishree Limited, Kolkata

2017-2018

3

Red Panda (Ailurus fulgens fulgens)

Rs 61,000

Samasta Mahajan, Maharashtra

2017-2018

 

Total

2,11,000.00

 

 

Contact
Address

Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park,

Jawar Parbat (West), Darjeeling. Pin -  734101, West Bengal

Telephone No. 0354-2252522/2253709
E-mail Id pnhzp@yahoo.com
Website  www.pnhzp.gov.in