About Zoo

Established basically as the private zoo by late Prime Minister Juddha Sumsher J.B. Rana in 1932, The Central Zoo is the only zoo in Nepal. The Government of Nepal finally opened the zoo to the public in 1956. The Zoo remained under the management of various Departments of the Government for various years. It was only when the zoo was managed meeting the standards when it was handed over to The National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC) in December 1995. The Trust has developed plans and policies to maintain the zoo and improve the living conditions of animals.


The Trust is an autonomous, non-profit making organization, established in 1982 by Legislative Act to work in the field of biodiversity with the people's participation. NTNC aims to develop the Central Zoo as a center for wildlife research and conservation education. NTNC has developed a master plan for the Central Zoo which has already received the endorsement of both the government and the Central Zoo Management and Development Committee. The Major thrust of the master plan is on three components physical improvement, animal collection and management and conservation education.

 

The Central Zoo is located at Jawlakhel of Lalitpur District. It covers an area of six hectares. As of Chaitra 2067, it houses more than 700 animals of 108 different species. Among these 34 are mammals, 51 are birds, 9 are reptiles and 14 are fishes.

 


Animals in The Central Zoo of Nepal as of Chaitra, 2067

Categories

Species

Number

Mammals

34

196

Reptiles

9

21

Fishes

14

232

Birds

51

259

Total

108

708

 

 

 

 





The National Trust For Nature Conservation (NTNC) is developing the Central Zoo as a Center for Conservation Education and Wildlife Research in Nepal. Its major objectives are:

  • To improve animal health and welfare by creating natural habitat and providing food according to their dietary requirement;
  • To encourage research and provide conservation education through first-hand experience of wild animals; and
  • To raise public awareness on the importance of nature conservation.


Physical facilities at the Central Zoo

  • Information counter
  • Restaurant
  • Souvenir shop
  • Paddleboat and rafting
  • Picnic shed
  • Couple chairs
  • Children ground (swings, funny temple, merry-go-round, Uranus etc.)
  • Elephant ride
  • Visitor centre (with audio visual facilities)
  • Library (books and audio visuals)
  • Aquarium (sub-tropical fish)

 


















































Note:

  • The Central Zoo opens 1000 - 1700 hours from Sunday to Saturday.
  • Fishing is open from 1st of Chaitra till 30th of Kartik
  • Use of Plastic bags is prohibited

 

 

Information Source: The Central Zoo of Nepal, Jawalakhel, Kathmandu.

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