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The Alipore Zoological Gardens (also informally called the Alipore Zoo or Calcutta Zoo is the India's oldest Zoological Park, and an  important tourist  destination of  Kolkata. In 1842, Dr. John McCleland the Curator,  Bengal Asiatic Society's Museum formulated a plan for establishment of Zoological Garden in Calcutta.  But the said plan did not attract any notice at that time.


Dr. Joseph Bart Fayrer, the then President of Asiatic Society of Bengal formulated another plan in 1867 for establishment of a zoo.The plan had immense impact on the public.  But due to non-availability of suitable site, the said plan could not be materialized.


In 1873, Carl Louis Schwendier, Postmaster to the Government of India submitted a suitable plan for establishing a zoological garden.  Due to non-availability of suitable site, the said plan was kept in abeyance.


Finally, in 1875, the then Lt. Governor of Bengal, Sir Richard Temple constituted a Committee to find out a suitable site for establishing a zoological garden. The said Committee chose the land on each side of the Alipore Road leading from Zerrut Bridge to Belvedere. 


The site was approved by the Lt. Governor of Bengal on 24th September, 1875.


A sum of Rs.5,000/- was sanctioned for the immediate purpose of laying out only a part of the grounds on the Western side of the Belvedere Road and erecting only a few cheap and temporary structures for the reception of animals. Mr. Schwendier readily donated His fine collection of specimens and by December, 1875 a sizeable menagerie was established with the spontaneous contributions from a number of donors. 


The first Committed of Management was set up under a Government resolution of December 9, 1875 and the Managing Committee comprising of five members met for the first time on 10th December, 1875.


The Managing Committee then settled the rates of admission fees and threw open Gate of the Zoological Garden, Alipore on the 1st of May, 1876.


The history of the Zoological Garden, Alipore would be incomplete without paying tribute to Rai Bahadur Ram Brahma Sanyal who was the first Superintendent of the Zoological Garden, Alipore.  After inception of the Zoological Garden, Alipore the then Managing Committee of the zoo wanted to engage a suitable candidate as the Superintendent of the zoo, Dr. George King, Professor of Botany of the Medical College of Calcutta and of the Managing Committee of the zoo, engaged Ram Brahma Sanyal  who was a medical student and was unable to continue his studies due to problems  with his eyesight, as an ordinary worker in the year, 1876.  Sanyal worked hard and in a few months he was promoted and given more responsibilities including nutrition and medical care of the growing number of animals.  Pursuant to the recommendation of the Managing Committee of the Zoological Garden, Alipore, Shri Ram Brahma Sanyal started to work as the acting Superintendent of the zoo from Alipore, 1878.  Finally, he was appointed as the Superintendent of the Zoological Garden, Alipore in April, 1880.


Ram Brahma Sanyal used to record all his observations in respect of the housing, feeding, reproductive  behaviour and treatment of captive wild animals in the daily registers of the Zoological Garden, Alipore.  All these observations encouraged him to write the book, "A Handbook Of The Management of Wild Animals In Captivity In Lower Bengal". The book was the first of its kind and was published in the year 1892.


Zoological Garden, Alipore may be considered as a Heritage Zoo. Since formation of West Bengal Zoo Authority several actions have been taken for upliftment the face of Zoo through renovation and construction of enclosures and night shelters of animals for scientific management and ex-situ conservation of Wildlife.


At present, Zoological Garden, Alipore has 162nos. Mammals, 744 nos. Birds, 86 nos. Reptiles.  Zoological Garden, Alipore opens from 9-30 am to 5-00 pm and remain closed every Thursday for maintenance.  Average annual footfall of Zoological Garden, Alipore is about 26 lakhs.

At a Glance

1.

Name of the Zoo

Zoological Garden, Alipore, Kolkata (West Bengal)

2.

Category of the Zoo

Large

3.

Zoo Location

Alipore, Kolkata

4.

Area of the Zoo

46.79 Acres

5.

Year of Establishment

1875

6.

Objective

I   Conservation education and awareness. 

II  In-situ & Ex-situ Conservation of wild animals with special reference Fishing Cat & Manipuri Dancing Deer.

7.

Theme of display

Broad taxonomic display of selected wild animal species in the existing zoo.

8.

No. of Visitors

More than 30.00 lakhs per year

9.

Important Species

Tiger, Chimpanzee, Elephant, Hippo, Giraffe, Rhino, Jaguar, Lion, Kangaroo, Leopard, Deer, Lesser Cat, Pheasants, Spoon Bill Lesser Pied, Himalayan Black Bear, Sloth Bear, Python, Crocodile, Gharial, Aldabara Tortoise, Yellow Anaconda etc

10.

Manpower

  1. Director                       -  1 No.
  2. Deputy Director        -  1 No.
  3. Asst. Director             -  1 No.                   
  4.  Veterinary Officers -  2 No.
  5. Assistant Engineer    - 1 No.
  6. Zoo Biologist               - 1 No
  7. Zoo Educator              - 1 No.
  8. Sub-Assistant Engineer   - 2 Nos
  9. Kitchen Supervisor /Dietician   - 1 No.
  10. Zoo Supervisor         - 2 Nos
  11. Security Supervisor – 1 No
  12. Accountant -1 No

Support staff as per needs

11.

In-charge

Director

 

Address

Zoological Garden, Alipore, Kolkata - 700027, West Bengal

 

 State

 West Bengal

 

Telephone No.

033-24791150 &  24399391

 

Fax

033-24791150 &  24399391

 

E-mail Id

director@kolkatazoo.in 

 

Website

www.kolkatazoo.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

wbzooauthority@yahoo.in/ mswbza@gmail.com


 

Attraction
Mammals Birds Reptiles
TotalSpecies
16133
TotalSpecies
50957
TotalSpecies
14321
Zoo Visitors

VISITORS STATEMENT FROM APRIL 2018 TO MARCH 2019

MONTH ADULT CHILDREN TOTAL 
APRIL 105793 8980 114773
MAY 114379 9641 124020
JUNE 165885 16552 182437
JULY 142160 8655 150815
AUGUST 138754 8391 147145
SEPTEMBER 114104 8513 122617
OCTOBER 225712 20911 246623
NOVEMBER 153425 16288 169713
DECEMBER 657952 81548 739500
JANUARY 780488 86057 866545
FEBRUARY 218819 23624 242443
MARCH 151303 14402 165705
APRIL 96133 6733 102866
MAY 63831 4918 68749
JUNE 168066 16888 184954
JULY 120990 7119 128109
Schemes

 Statement of Adoption of Animals of Zoological Garden, Alipore Dar 2018-2019:

 

Sl No.

Party Name

Amount

Animal

Address

Date

Period

1

Pallishree Limited

40000.00

1 Male Fishing Cat,1 Female Fishing Cat

408, O.B. Road,Ward No.6,Arambagh,Dist- Hoogly.

03.05.18

11.05.2018 To10.05.2019

2

Ballygunge Fodder Mills

10000.00

1 no. Four Horned Antelope

2, Bediadanga ,1st Lane,Kol-39

04.06.18

05.06.2018 to 04.06.2019

3

Pir Mohammad

20000.00

Fishing Cat

2B/H/51,Dr. M n Chatterjee Sarani,Kol-9

04.06.18

05.06.2018 to 04.06.2019

4

Smriti Prabha Chowdhury

30000.00

3 Nos. Mouse Deer

206/2 Bama Charan RoyRoad, Behala, Kol-37

04.06.18

05.06.2018 to 04.06.2019

5

Niva Chowdhury

30000.00

3 Nos. Mouse Deer

206/2 Bama Charan RoyRoad, Behala, Kol-37

04.06.18

05.06.2018 to 04.06.2019

6

Mr.Abdul Hamid

10000.00

Porcupine

11/H/16, Alimuddin Street , Kol-16

04.06.18

05.06.2018 to 04.06.2019

7

Anwarul Haque

10000.00

Hornbill

2, Chamru Singh Lane,Kol-11

04.06.18

05.06.2018 to 04.06.2019

8

Raja Enterprise

10000.00

Barking Deer

133/7, Raja Rajendralal Mitra Road,Kol-85

04.06.18

05.06.2018 to 04.06.2019

9

State Bank Of India

900000.00

7 Nos. Giraffe & 2 Nos. Jaguar

1, Stand Road,Samridhi Bhavan

04.06.18

05.06.18 to 04.06.19

10

Anil Pandey

10000.00

1 No. Red & Blue Macaw

5C,Loknath Bose Garden Lane,Kol-700046

05.06.18

05.06.2018 to 04.06.2019

11

Horticultural Development Society

10000.00

1 no. Yellow & Blue Macaw

2/5,Judges Court Road , Kol-27

05.06.18

05.06.2018 to 04.06.2019

12

Tuhin Roy

10000.00

1 no. Yellow & Blue Macaw

5/13/F,North Nowdapara Road,Kol-57

05.06.18

05.06.2018 to 04.06.2019

13

Soumojit Ghosh

10000.00

1 No. Red & Blue Macaw

Balia West Garia Station Road,Kol-84

05.06.2018

05.06.2018 to 04.06.2019

14

Tanmay Mukherjee

10000.00

Peacock

23,Sahanagar Road,Kol-26

05.06.18

05.06.2018 to 04.06.2019

15

Rajnandini Mallick

10000.00

1 no. Yellow & Blue Macaw

48, Central Park,24 Pgs(N)

03.06.18

05.06.2018 to 04.06.2019

16

Anusuya chatterjee

10000.00

Peacock

1/B,Gagan Sarkar Road,Kol-10

05.06.18

05.06.2018 to 04.06.2019

17

Karukrit Advertising Pvt Ltd.

10000.00

Brow Anterled Deer

13A, Madan Mohantala Street,Kol-700 005

14.06.18

05.06.18 to 04.06.19

19

Subham Chakraborty/ Titir Chakraborty

20000.00

2 no. - Aldabra Tortoise (Gaint)

Flat No.4D,MIG Tower,Akankha, New Town,Rajarhat,Kolkata 700156

24.06.18

26.06.18 to 25.06.19

20

Patton(Caring Mind )

75000.00

Zebra(Female)

3C, Camac Street, Kolkata-70016

29.06.18

05.07.18 to 04.07.19

21

Anshul Jain

50000.00

Chimpanzee

182,A J C Bose Road,Kolkata - 700014

09.07.18

10.07.18 to 09.07.19

22

Amitabha Kumar Nag

25000.00

Cockatoo

364/18, N S C Bose Rd,Kolkata - 700 047

10.07.18

13.07.18 TO 12.07.19

23

Pravar Electronics

10000.00

Porcupine

Established :1978.X-29,Okhla Indl Area -2,New Delhi-110 020, Tel no.911-11-40544941

27.07.18

27.07.18 to 26.07.19

24

Siddhartha Chatterjee

25000.00

Black Buck(Female)

Devradha Apartment  1804,Garia Place Kolkata - 700 084

18.09.18

18.09.18 to 17.09.19

25

Department of Zoology For UG & PG STUDIES , Serampore College

30000.00

Fishing Cat

Serampur College, Serampur, Hoogly

16.07.18 & 24.09.18

25.09.18 to 24.09.19

26

Abhijit Bannerjee-Sloth Bear

50000.00

Sloth Bear(F) Pritha

D.H.Rd,576/A/7B,Kol-34,Behala

12.11.18

12.11.2018 to 11.11.2019

27

Pyaridevi Chabiraj Steels pvt. Ltd.

25000.00

peafowl (male)

Jaya Bibi Road 38&39/27 , Ghusuri, Howrah 711107

24.11.18

24.11.18 to 23.11.19

28

GEO Met Resources

200000.00

Elephant         (female)

13/TIG Road,Kolkata -700 008

10.01.19

14.01.19 to 13.01.2000

29

GEO Met Resources

30000.00

Monkey(Male)

13/TIG Road,Kolkata -700 008

10.01.19

14.01.19 to 13.01.2000

 

Total Amount

1680000.00

 

 

 

 

 

During the financial year 2017-18 a total of 13 different animals are adopted by different individuals and organisations and a total of Rs. 11,75,000.00 have been received by the Zoological Garden, Alipore. The details of which are provided below:-

 

Party Name

Amount

Animal

Address

Ch.no.

Date

Period

Debasis Paul

10000.00

Porcupines

74,Tollygunge Circular Road, Kolkata-700053

817152

14.06.17

14.06.17 to 13.06.18

Pyaridevi Chabiraj Steels pvt. Ltd.

15000.00

peafowl (male)

Jaya Bibi Road 38&39/27 , Ghusuri, Howrah 711107

027393

27.10.17

27.10.2017 to 26.10.2018

Abhijit Bannerjee-Sloth Bear

40000.00

Bear(F) Pritha

D.H.Rd,576/a/7B,Kol-34,Behala

534633

10.11.17

10.11.2017 to 09.11.2018

S. U. Rahaman

1100000.00

Tiger-3 Nos, Lion-2(nos),

Leopard -1

72, Connaught Road

734280

20.12.17

10.01.18 to

 

 

Lion-  2 Nos.

Sutton ,Surrey

244805

20.12.17

09.01.2019

 

 

Leopard -1 No

London-SMI 3PQ

 

 

 

Delhi Public School

10000.00

Peacock

254, Shantipally, R B Connector, E M Bypass Kol-107

382911

09.03.18

17.03.18  to 16.03.19

Total Amount

11,75,000.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contact
Address

Zoological Garden,Alipore,Kolkata - 700027  West Bengal

Telephone No. 033-24791150 &  24399391
E-mail Id director@kolkatazoo.in
Website  www.kolkatazoo.in