Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park ,Darjeeling (ESTD - 1958)

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


01. Name of the Zoo Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, Darjeeling, West Bengal
02. Category of the Zoo Medium
03. Zoo Location Jawahar Parbat (West), Darjeeling
04. Area of the Zoo 47.82 Acres
05. Year of Establishment 1958
06. 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).
07. Theme of display Broad taxonomic display of wild animal species of Eastern Himalayas (alpine to lower hills).
Satellite facility at Dowhill for Sambar, Barking Deer, Wild Boar, Goral, Red Jungle Fowl and Kalij Pheasant.
08. No. of Visitors More than 7.00 lakhs per year
09. 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 Director - 1 No.
Assistant Director - 1 No.
Vet. Officer - 1 No.
Zoo Biologist – 1 No
Sub-Assistant Engineer – 1 No
Zoo Supervisor – 2 Nos
Security Supervisor – 1 No
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
Total Species
153 22
Total Species
220 18
Total Species
14 6
Total Species
29 1

Zoo Visitors


VISITORS STATEMENT FROM APRIL 2018 to NOVEMBER 2019

MONTH

ADULT

CHILDREN

TOTAL 

APRIL 2018

 

 

73483

MAY

 

 

116463

JUNE

 

 

120387

JULY

 

 

42973

AUGUST

 

 

27815

SEPTEMBER

 

 

34035

OCTOBER

 

 

84008

NOVEMBER

 

 

69857

DECEMBER

 

 

70030

JANUARY

 

 

48619

FEBRUARY

 

 

37515

MARCH

 

 

69707

APRIL 2019

 

 

67700

MAY

 

 

111007

JUNE

 

 

122636

JULY

 

 

37347

AUGUST

 

 

29788

SEPTEMBER

 

 

34812

OCTOBER

 

 

86082

NOVEMBER

 

 

64592

DECEMBER

 

 

63539

JANUARY, 2020

 

 

45687

 


Schemes


During the financial year 2019-20 a total of 3 different animals are adopted by different individuals and organisations and a total of Rs. 1,70,000 have been received by the Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, Darjeeling. The details of which are provided below:-

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,2019 to 31st July, 2020

Rs 1,00,000

2

Red panda

(Ailurus fulgens fulgens)

Pallishree Limited, Kolkata

1st August,2019 to 31st July, 2020

Rs 60,000

3

Markhor

 

Vanachar Welfare Flora and Fauna Foundation, Gurgaon Haryana

16th January, 2020 to 15th January, 2021.

Rs 10,000

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


Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park

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

Phone:

0354-2252522 / 2253709

email:

pnhzp@yahoo.com

Website:

www.pnhzp.gov.in