Alipore Zoological Garden

Alipore Zoological Garden

The Alipore Zoological Garden (Calcutta Zoo), founded in the year 1876. It is India’s oldest zoological park covering 46.5 acres land. The Alipore Zoo is a major place for tourist attraction especially if you are in Kolkata during winter.

You must have heard about the longest living tortoise “Adwaita”? Yes Adwaita, an Aldabra Giant Tortoise, was alive for 250 years and he was a part of Alipore Zoo.
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Royal Bengal Tiger – The Lord of Forest

Alipore Zoo started PANTHERA HYBRID PROGRAM in 1970 resulting in producing Tigons (cross breed of Royal Bengal Tiger and African Lion) and Litigons (cross breed of Tigons and Asiatic Lion). Later on such breeding programs was banned by the Government of India after introduction of a campaign called “World Wide Fund for Nature”.

Alipore Zoo is also a home of few species that are on the verge of extinction.

The zoo has also started a scheme known as “ADOPT AN ANIMAL” in August 2013.

The scheme is especially to adopt an animal and raise funds and contribute money for its protection as well as its well being. Almost 40 animals are adopted in 2013. According to the guidelines of Central Zoo Authority Of India, the Alipore Zoo has to increase the number of open air enclosures for the comfort of the animals.

Alipore Zoo is also a major place for migratory birds. There is a wetland inside the garden where the migratory birds come in flock every year. You can see beautiful birds of different colors and origin around this marsh area especially during winter. But due to high climatic change the number of such migratory birds has been decreased.


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Giraffe – It looks like doing yoga. 


The Alipore  Zoo is the home of different animals including Royal Bengal Tiger, African Lion, Asiatic Lion, Jaguar, Hippopotamus, One Horned Rhino, reticulated giraffe, Grant’s Zebra, Indian Elephant, Leopard, White Tigers, Swamp deer, Sloth Bear, Salt Water Crocodiles, Galapagos Giant Tortoise, Cobras, Pythons, Chimpanzee, Olive Baboon, Storks, Serpents, Mynahs, Parakeets, Bulbuls, Cockatoos, Macaw Parrots, Hornbills, Pheasants, Peafowls etc.  There are also particular houses for the animals including Reptile House, Primate House, Elephant House, Panther House and a Children Zoo.

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Crocodile taking sunbath.

The Salt Water Crocodiles resting and relaxing under the sun beside a small lake getting sun bath. You may also find few of them in the lake.

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Rhinoceros in his own mood

The rhino walking peacefully in the afternoon beside the marshy area where it lives.

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Blue and Yellow Macaws loving each other

The colorful macaws shouting loudly and their shrill voice are echoing in the full area.

They are giving a tough competition to each other to see whose voice is more thrilling and exciting. Besides giving a tough competition their affection towards each other will delight you.

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Eurasian spoonbill

Birds of different species resting and walking with their mates beside the lake especially during afternoon. Sometimes they fly from one side to other gracefully.

There you will find a lake area surrounded by storks. The storks are busy collecting fishes from the lake with their long beak. You will be mesmerized by their style and prettiness.

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               Beautiful Mandarin Ducks


The Mandarin Ducks are always busy with some activities. 

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            Mandarin Ducks in playing mood

Sometimes they are busy floating and sometimes they are busy relaxing beside the lake.

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Playful Elephants

Here comes the elephant. They are busy fighting with each other.

The most amazing part is that when any visitor throws any food they collect it in such a classy way with their long trunk.

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Père David’s deer
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The Black Buck Deer with his beautiful horns


The deer of different spices are happily
roaming inside 
the park.

Additionally you will find how photogenic they are. The way they walk and the way they are beautiful
will obviously amaze you. Not only that just
take a look at their long curvy colorful horns.
You definitely have to believe in God’s creation.




There are many food stalls, ice cream stalls, candy floss stalls inside the park. Here you can take any refreshments and snacks when you will feel hungry. There is a beautiful garden filled with various colorful flowers. You must take a shot of the garden if you are visiting the zoo. While walking in the park you may find squirrels running over your feet.

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Beautiful Indian Peacock dance in rain

The chirps of such wide ranges of birds all together will appear quite loud and shrill to you but you won’t regret watching them and listening to their voice.

If you are lucky enough you may also find the peacock dancing by flaunting his gorgeous bright feathers.

You can carry a camera inside the zoo and if you are into animal photography or bird photography then it’s the best place to capture their movements.

But the saddest part of the zoo is that you won’t find any lively and joyful animals.
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Flower garden at the entrance of zoo

Furthermore you can easily figure out by looking at their eyes that they areliving a stressful unhappy life. Even if you look at their cages you will see how dirty and gloomy it is. This is due to lack of space in the zoo and also due to poor management of the zoo authorities. The birds who are shouting inside the cage will give you a feeling that how distressful life they are living inside the cage as a captive. Moreover you will notice is that the animals and birds there are quite less in number and most of their houses remain empty.


Winter season (November- February)

Particulars Timing
Zoo Timings 09 AM to 05 PM
Weekly Off Thursday
Aquarium Timings 10:30 AM to 5 PM
Weekly Off Thursday
Ticket Counter Timing 09 AM to 04:30 PM
Alipore zoo Entry Fee:
Particulars Ticket Rates
Visitors above 5 years of age (Days ther than Sat, Sun and Government holidays) 25 Rs
Visitors above 5 years of age (On Sat, Sun and Government holidays) 30 Rs
Child below 5 years 10 Rs
Aquarium Charges 5 Rs
Camera Charges Nil
Professional Camera Charges (Videography) 250 Rs per Hour
Kolkata Zoo Map

2, Alipore Road, Kolkata- 700027.


Take the metro up to Rabindra Sadan or Jatin Das Park. Additionally from there auto or bus. Not only that but also you can also take bus route from any part of Kolkata.

152 thoughts on “Alipore Zoological Garden

  1. I have always wanted to visit India but have never had the opportunity! If I did get to go I would definitely visit here – my niece & nephew die over animals!

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  3. Wow great photos! Looks and sounds like a fun place! I am always all for ice- cream too, so it would be awesome to stop and get some in the zoo after being outside all day.

  4. I would love to visit this zoo with my little boy one day!! He would love visiting this zoo so much… thanks so much for sharing your amazing photographs with us 🙂

  5. This post just reminded me that I have not been to the zoo in years. This zoo looks amazing and I think my son would love it. I’ll have to book a trip.

  6. Amazing place. I read several articles on Kolkata destinations & I think Alipore zoo is most important among them. We can see rare species in the natural atmosphere and with a nominal fee.

    Beautiful pictures. Thanks a lot for the share,

  7. This is one of the first zoos that I have seen where the animals actually look happy. I loved the giraffe photo, so cute. I learned a lot from the blog and if I’m ever in the area I’ll be sure to check it out.

  8. Amazing animal photos:) I feel very conflicted about zoos as I think that animals should be free to roam, but I also really like seeing them and observing their behaviour. Thanks for sharing:)

  9. I loved your pictures and reading through your post! I will be visiting India in October so I will surely keep this place in mind!

  10. Looks like an amazing zoo. We missed going to the Zoo when we visited San Diego a few years ago and it was a disappointment for me.

  11. Wow the Mandarain ducks are absolutely stunning aren’t they? I love how bright and colourful they are and the Zoological garden looks like an educational experience for tourists and locals x

  12. I love Tigers – well any fury animal looks just so cute! and that baby giraffe? Oh my!!! Zoos are great places for kids 🙂