Guwahati Zoo is known as one of the best of zoos in the Assam state and the
whole of India at large. It is however called Assam State Zoo Cum Botanical
Garden but popularly known worldwide as The Guwahati Zoo. The zoo covers about
430 acres of land making it really big.
is situated deep in the heart of Guwahati in a place known as the Hengrabari
Forest Area. The Hengrabari Forest Area is really a compact forest, it is a
very green forest and its sometimes called “the green lung of Guwahati
city” or “green forest”. It only proves the hands of mother
nature is still very strong in the forest.
Guwahati zoo lies close to the Brahmaputra river. The river traverses the state
of Assam. It is also the biggest river in the North-East of India.
is also known to have very beautiful breathtaking landscape view and gardens,
It also offer much when it comes to wildlife and a very calm environment. A
trip to the zoo cannot be overrated as it offers wonderful wildlife, beautiful
garden, a serene environment and so much more. It is without doubt a paradise
for wildlife enthusiasts.
its establishment in 1958, the park has stayed as one of the peaks of tourist
attractions in Assam State and the whole of North-east, it’s only rivals in
terms of popularity, zoo features, etc, has been Manas National park and
Kaziranga National Park. There are well over 113 different species of animals
living in the Guwahati zoo and over 900 animals, reptiles, birds, mammals
living in the zoo.
long period, more animals have found a home at the zoo, the zoo also grew
larger when it founded a beautiful botanical garden right in its premises.
calibres of people have always been recorded to visit the zoo, people like
tourists, wildlife lovers, researchers, and many more, the number of people
that visit the zoo yearly can’t be exact but the figures are said to be almost
a million. Although most of the visitors are tourists Who are thrilled by the
thought of seeing the numerous exotic animals on display. Animals like; the
endangered one-day horned Rhino which is a native to India, tigers, giraffes,
animals home to Africa like: ostriches, Australian Animal like Kangaroos etc.
Extras about Guwahati Zoo
Plants and Animals at Guwahati Zoo
main part of the zoo that attracts tourists is the Varieties of animal species
housed by the zoo but the zoo but the zoo doesn’t lack when it comes to what it
offers, there is a Home for reptiles, a museum, a botanical garden, a
collection of herbarium and much more. The zoo offers both animals home to
India and animals from other part of the world. Animals that can be found at
the zoo are: African white Rhino, kangaroo, black Rhino, jaguar, Royal Bengal
Tiger, One Horned Rhino, Llamas, golden Langur, the pig tailed Macaque, puma
and several more. Apart from the animals mentioned, there are also different
kinds of mammals that live at the park, like; leopard, Asian elephant, striped
nilgai, the Himalayan black bear tiger, black buck, sambar and more others.
Gladly, the park does not leave put bird watchers and lovers of birds. The park
is Home to birds like: silver pheasant, rosy pelican, macaw, bar-headed geese,
storks, cassowary and much more. Another aspect not left out is the reptiles.
The zoo has a reptile house where various snakes are kept for tourists
the reducing population of some animals termed “endangered”, the
authorities of the zoo have seen the need for Various breeding programs to
increase the endangered species population. Animals in the zoo such as:
gharials, white Tigers and the one horned Rhino are endangered species.
happens to be one of the most prominent conservation centres in the whole of
India and it offers several programs such as Rehabilitation, rescue and
numerous schemes for adoption. The essence of the adoption scheme is for animal
lovers to be able to adopt animals and help them grow up. Apart from the
adoption schemes, the zoo also offers Animal awareness programs, outreach,
animal welfare and much more.
Guwahati Zoo Museum and Herbarium
have another great places to visit in Guwahati. They can walk into the famous
Guwahati Zoom Museum and Herbarium. In the zoo, museum, you can find Various
extremely beautiful and delicate stuffed animal sample particular to one region
like the Gharial.
herbarium collection is a place every botanist would want to see, it has
carefully preserved sheets that covers about 550 different species of flowers
and plants home to India and they belong to about 106 family variants. The
total number of collections of herbarium are well over two thousand.
in the field who are interested in learning like: researchers, botanists,
learners or beginners are provided with technical information by the museum and
are about 345 indigenous plants and over 280 exotic type of plants, this makes
the botanical garden one of the finest gardens in the whole of north India.
Guwahati Zoo History
initial layout for the inception of the Guwahati Zoo was laid down in 1957.
However, the plan to construct it was announced publicly only after a year, in
the year 1958.
idea of the zoo was birthed in the 64th National Congress of india which took
place in Guwahati. The committee in charge after reassembling their political
reasons, then made arrangements of an exhibition of some animals and birds to
be held so the delegates can have some thrilling experience.
main animal that attracted people during the exhibition was the inclusion of a
female leopard cub, the name of the leopard cub was given as spotty. After the
assembly ended, they all saw the Need to provide a home for the various animals
available. The animals were then moved to a beautiful and serene environment in
the Hengrabari Reserve Forest Area called Jalprigog.
structures with facilities to make existence better for the wildlife had to be
put in place. When the zoo first started, it had just 22 species of animals and
about 31 bird species. Over a long period of time, the zoo grew and there was a
Need to add more structures and provisions to sustain the place. Sometime In
1982, a botanical garden was included in its attraction list and a museum was
added as well. With the inclusion of the botanical garden and the museum, the
name of the zoo was then changed to Assam State Zoo cum Botanical Garden. There
was a growing need for the zoo to be expanded, in 2002, a total of 45 hectares
of the reserve forest area was included as part of the zoo, thereby increasing
its already existing size.
The best season to pay a visit to
several tourists come to visit The Assam State Zoo. This place is also a
Botanical Garden and one of the prominent zoos in the whole of North-east
India. Although the beauty of the zoo doesn’t have a particular time it comes
out because it is always a beautiful place to behold, there are just some
better time to visit the zoo more than others, this is mainly due to favourable
weather conditions. The best time to visit is during the winter season which is
anytime between September and March. This season is the best because the
weather is usually cool, this makes for a perfect weather to tour the
environment. March to June which is summer, gets really hot and doesn’t make
touring the environment very comfortable.
Some Pointers to Note when Visiting
Adhere strictly to all
Keep the environment clean,
don’t drop dirts in the surroundings.
Obey instructions from your
How to Get to the Guwahati Zoo
is located deep in the heart of Guwahati and can be accessed easily, the zoo is
also a location marker.
is very well connected to major cities in the north like: Aizawl, Siliguri,
Dibrugarh, Imphal, shillong etc these cities are connected buses or train. The
railway station to the zoo is about 6 kilometers. The Guwahati Airport(Lokpriya
Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport) is northeast’s main international
Airport and the distance from the city to the airport is about 25 KM. Important
cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolta and Hyderabad and much more are
connected by the Guwahati Airport.