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HISTORY

Amidst the natural beauty of natural forest adjacent to Chandaka-Dampara Wildlife Sanctuary, Nandankanan lies in the vicinity of Kanjia lake. This site covers a portion of Krishnanagar and Jujhagarh Demarcated Protected Forests (DPF) and close to Baranga Railway station on Howrah-Chennai route. Geographically it is located between 200 23' 08" to 200 24' 10" North latitude and 850 48' 09" to 850 48' 13" East longitude (Survey of India Toposheet No. 73 H/15-NW). The very name of “Nandankanan”, in mythology, delineates the ecstatic but imaginary beauty of the celestial garden. It also indicates the real beautiful spots par excellence on earth, where one can see the panoramic views of nature and appreciate the glamour that exists in the external morphology of plants and animals. The zoo is enriched with 101 enclosures with 202 sub-enclosures at Nandankanan. It has the significance of having both the cages and open moat enclosures. There are 54 cages and 47 open moated enclosures to house all the captive animals of Nandankanan. It has the glory of having 126 species of animals which includes 40 spp. mammals, 56 spp. birds and 24 spp. reptiles. Nandankanan has huge number of animal collections. There are more than 1580 no animals, including 634 mammals, 812 birds and 134 reptiles. Eighty eight (88) species of indigenous species along with 32 exotic species of animals add glory to the collection of Nandankanan Zoological Park. The animal collection includes 15 spp of endangered mammals, -6 spp of endangered birds and 10 spp of endangered reptiles listed in Schedule I of WPA, 1972.

Adopt an Animal

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Now you can adopt an animal at Nandankanan Zoological
Now you can adopt an animal of your choice from Nandankanan Zoological Park. The “Adopt an Animal” program would support the Zoo's world-class care and services for all inhabitants by providing quality food to meet their nutritional requirements, medical care, equipment, up gradation of the enclosure and enrichments. The adopter (Zoo Parent) would pay the amount fixed for each species he would like to adopt. No adopters would be allowed to take the animal home. All the adopted animals would remain in the care and custody of the Zoo, and no ownership rights would be conferred. This programme assumes significance on two counts, first of course, it harnesses public involvement and support; and more importantly, it helps in garnering affirmative action, especially for endangered species, by educating the public and ensuring their help. Apart from individuals, the Adopt-an-Animal scheme is also open to corporate bodies, clubs, NGOs and academic institutions. So, it is in many ways, a much more engrossing conduit to involve children and students into the cause of wildlife conservation; make a common platform with other agencies like NGOs and CSR wings of corporate bodies to work synergetically for welfare of zoo animals

Zoo School

The World Zoo Conservation Strategy emphasizes that the use of a variety of educational techniques, facilities and considerations, together with knowledge, creativity and inventiveness can make zoos highly interesting, attractive and effective places for environmental conservation and holistic life system education. Nandankanan Zoo School was formally opened on 29 th December, 2003 (on the occasion of 44th Foundation Day of Nandankanan Zoological Park). The first issue of Newsletter of Nandankanan Zoo School, named “ Panchatantra ” was released on this occasion. Nandankanan Zoo School is a platform where students get opportunities to learn/know about wild animals/biodiversity/wilderness of planet earth (more particularly of this region) through specially designed programmes of Awareness/Education. These programmes (with lots of fun and excitement) are interactive, innovative, enriched learning. The students get an opportunity to learn and disseminate the need for conserving the wilderness/wildlife/biodiversity.

BIRDS

• Black Kite
• Budgerigar
• Cockatiel
• Zebra finch
• Night Heron
• White Ibis
• Fischers Love Bird
• Grey Pelican
• Java Sparrow
• Openbill stork

MAMMALS

• Four horned Antelope
• Himalayan Black Bear
• Black Buck
• Jungle Cat
• Common Palm Civet
• Mouse Deer
• Swamp Deer
• Bengal Tiger
• Barking Deer
• Hog Deer
• Sambar
• Spotted Deer
• Hippopotamus
• Nilgai

REPTILES

• Gharial
• Water monitor Lizard
• Star tortoise