Our vision is to become a leading organisation in the country in the field of ex-situ conservation ensuring the rich bio-diversity of the state by supporting in situ conservation with intensive Scientific Zoo Management & Research programme by trained staff and by developing zoos as centre of learning for people and making zoo self-sufficient to accomplish their objectives.
Our mission is to provide exemplary care to the zoo's wildlife population in a planned manner to ensure eco-system based naturalistic animal enclosures which will help in conservation breeding of rare and endangered species through best practices of zoo management, veterinary care and inspiring current and future generations to become active citizens in wildlife conservation through nature education and awareness programme.
The Authority has been assigned to perform the following functions:-
a) To take over the management of the Govt. controlled Zoological Parks/Gardens, Deer Parks, Breeding Centres, Rescue Centres, Safari Parks and other similar establishments/Organisations in West Bengal as may be specifically ordered, from time to time, by the Govt. of WB.
b) To co-ordinate with collection and exchange programme and to procure such animals as may be required for the enrichment of the Zoological Gardens/Mini Zoo through exchange from other zoos in India or from abroad.
c) To function as the apex technical advisory body for the Zoological Parks/Gardens, Deer Parks, Breeding Centres, Rescue Centres, Safari Parks and other similar establishments/ organisations in West Bengal.
d) To promote scientific management of zoos. To undertake Ex-situ conservation of endangered species of animals in captivity.
e) To undertake programmes for re-stocking and re-introduction of captive bred animals in the wild.
f) To undertake research on habits and breeding of animals and birds in natural habitat as well as in captivity.
g) To create awareness about the rich faunal diversity by organising programmes, exhibitions, seminars, etc. and publishing’s journals, bulletins etc.
h) To undertake dissemination of zoo education.
The Master Plan is essential for all around development of zoo along with a detailed Layout Plan on the basis of theme adopted by the zoos indicating the locations of animal enclosures, green areas, visitors' facilities, animal health care facilities, research and education centre, conservation breeding areas, rescue centre and administrative units including maintenance departments etc. Formulation of Master Plan and its implementation for proper development of all the Zoos is our prime objective.
One of the prime objective of zoo to carryout coordinate conservation breeding programmes of rare and endangered species in naturalistic environment and rearing & raising animals for rehabilitation and re-stocking in the wild. Our key species for conservation breeding programme in the state are:
|(a) Red Panda||At Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, Darjeeling|
|(b) Snow Leopard||Do|
|(c) Himalayan Goral||Do|
|(d) Endemic Pheasants & Red Jungle Fowl||Do|
|(e) Salt Water Crocodile||At Bhagwatpur & Sundarban Wild Animals Park, Jharkhali|
|(f) Batagur Baska||Do|
|(g) Fishing Cat||Do|
|(h) Brow Antlered Deer||Zoological Garden, Alipore|
|(i) Fishing Cat||Do|
Welfare of the zoo animal is paramount importance and health care facilities are developed with committed veterinary personnels who follow best practices in animal care and well being ensuring appropriate infrastructure and expertise as well as monitoring system by trained staff.
Health Care of Wild Animal in Zoo of orphan animal, stray animal, and animal injured or seized from poachers and traders.
To facilitate and conduct science based research in the field of wildlife conservation and animal health and to publish research papers for potential application in the field of conservation and promote establishment of research centre with data base and resource banks for taking sound scientific decision in the field of wildlife conservation.
Education is key role of all zoos and the major objectives are to make strategic action plan for education of visitors with the help of trained staff and volunteers and developing network of school and college students as well as public for making significant contribution and influencing the peoples attitude and behaviour regarding zoo animals, wildlife and environmental issues.
Upgradation of professional skills of Zoo Personnel through training programmes, workshops, seminars and exposure visits to different Zoos is given high priority. Capacity building of Zoo Directors, Veterinarians, Biologist, Zoo Keepers etc. is high on agenda to develop specialists team of professionals for Zoo Planning & Management, Animal Health Care & tranquilisation of animals, Zoo enclosure enrichment and day to day care and well being of Zoo animals.