Address: Road, opp. to Civil Hospital, River Bank Colony, Narhi, Qaisar Bagh, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh 226001
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Lucknow Zoo is also known as Nawab Wazid Ali Shah Zoological Garden. This place is very special for tourists visiting Lucknow. According to an estimate, this zoo attracts about one million tourists every year. Many types of animals are found in this zoo, including birds, reptiles, and mammals. In this zoo; Royal Bengal Tiger, Lion Wolf, Himalaya Black Bear, Rhinoceros, Black Deer, Zebra, Myna, Asian Elephant, Giraffe, Giant Squirrel, and many other animals are found. Apart from these, Deer, Black Pheasant, White Tiger, and Black Deer can also be seen here, which are unique and rarely seen.
Lucknow Zoo was founded on 29 November 1921 with the arrival of the Prince of Wales. Lucknow Zoo was founded as a mango garden. Nasiruddin Hyder, the then Nawab of Awadh, established it as Banarsi Bagh. This long journey from Bagh to Nawab Wajid Ali Shah Pradi Udyan started with 10 wildlife, which is beyond 1000 today. During its establishment, 26 buildings were built by 1926, and its cost came to be Rs 2.08 lakh.
The main gate of this complex was constructed in 1936 and was named Ludovic Porter Gate. A committee was formed for the management of Lucknow Zoo, and Commissioner of Lucknow became its first president. After independence, in 1950, the committee was replaced by the Advisory Committee under the Public Health Department, and the Director, Medical, and Health was made its administrator. In 1966, the Forest Department got its administrative control. The Zoological park was renamed Lucknow Zoological park from Prince of Wales Zoological Garden Trust in the year 2001 and Nawab Wazid Ali Shah Zoological park from Lucknow Pradi Udyan in 2015. There are 1012 wildlife and 104 species within 152 enclosures in 29 hectares. There are about 65 species of fish.
Lucknow Zoo has got an ISO certificate, and it is the only one in the country to get three certificates.
A lion roared here for the first time in 1925. Balrampur Lion House was built in 1925 on behalf of Balrampur Riyasat, after which a couple of lions was brought from Kolkata Zoo, who increased their clan here. In the next 15-20 years, the new lion clan was settled in a new enclosure in front of the family. Zoo continued to resonate on both sides from the roar of lions.
Kangaroo, Yak, and Panda:
Kangaroos, yaks, and pandas were also some of zoo’s guests. The audience used to gather a lot to see them. Kangaroos used to live in the zoo. More than a dozen kangaroos were of two colors. In the 80s, when the kangaroos were removed by the zoo, the yak found on the mountains lived here for many years. The Hill Weber and Panda, in the enclosure of the current Pelican Sambhar, also remained the pride of the zoo for some time.
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Toy Train :
In Lucknow Zoological Garden, the very popular Toy Train was started for the first time on 14 November 1969 (Children’s Day). This Toy Train is the main attraction for visitors and young children. The Lucknow Zoological Garden was modernized, and the old Toy Train was replaced with the new Toy Train. This Toy Train has 01 Engine and 04 coaches with a seating capacity of 84 persons. Its seats are comfortable, on which spectators/children enjoy the view of Zoological Garden.
Nature Learning Center :
In the year 2017, the Nature Education Center was inaugurated by the Honorable Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath, in Zoological Garden.
Information related to protected forest areas of Uttar Pradesh has been provided in this nature learning center, and various articles related to wildlife such as skins, horns, embryos, etc. have been shown and through signage also extensive information about wildlife. Brief information about programs conducted in the garden from time to time is available through pictures. This learning center has 05 sections.
- First Section
Brief information and history in relation to Nawab Wajid Ali Shah Zoological Garden, Lucknow has been made available through pictures and articles.
- Second Section
The information has been provided regarding wildlife and their natural habitat found in protected areas in the state.
- Third Section
Information about the sanctuary areas related to birds and birds found in the state has been made available through pictures and articles.
- Fourth Section
Various articles related to wildlife, such as skins, horns, trophies, skulls, snakes, pugmarks, etc. have been shown.
- Fifth Section
In this nature learning center, apart from close identification of wildlife, information about protected areas and ecotourism areas related to the wildlife of the state has been provided in one place, which is otherwise useful for the audience, people interested in nature and students.
Battery Vehicle :
There are 06 battery operated vehicles available in the zoological park for the battery-operated pollution-free visitors.
Paddle Boating :
To enjoy boating in the zoological park, 06 paddle boats are available in the boating pond.
Children Park :
In Nawab Wajid Ali Shah Zoological Garden, Lucknow, a variety of attractive swings have been made for children. Children get excited and enjoy the swings in this park.
Butterfly Park :
Butterflies are the most important component of the environment, and butterflies play the most important role in pollination after bees, due to which the yield of grains and fruits, etc. is increased. The flowers are indicative of a healthy environment. Pesticides, drugs, etc., are constantly causing damage to them. This center is about the inhabitants of Lucknow Deer awareness is working to create.
Historical Baradari :
The white Baradari situated in the Lucknow campus is known as “Nagardi Baradari.” This Baradari, built of marble stone, got its name due to the addition of precious color-bleaching gemstones to the marble stones here. This Baradari was built around 1828 by Nasiruddin Hyder, the second Nawab of Awadh.
Originally, this Baradari was built adjacent to the Begum Hazrat Mahal Park at Kaiser Bagh, but due to the damage during the freedom struggle of 1857, the British authorities shifted it to Banarasi Bagh, which is the zoological garden today. Here, this Baradari has been made by adding the original form. Presently, it is everybody’s responsibility to protect this cultural heritage.