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Alipore Zoo

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The Alipore Zoological Gardens is Indias oldest formally stated zoological park and a big tourist attraction in Kolkata, West Bengal. It has been open as a zoo since 1876, and covers 18.81 ha . It is probably best known as the home of the now expired Aldabra Giant Tortoise Adwaita, which was reputed to have been over 250 years old when it died in 2006. It is also home to one of the few captive breeding projects involving the Manipur Brow-antlered Deer. The zoo has drawn a lot of criticism from the zoo community and conservationists in the past few decades, mainly for its cramped cages, as well as for its Panthera hybrid breeding program. But, it is now modernizing rapidly. New glass-walled enclosures and aviaries have been built. The earlier main entrance has also been shut down, and a new, much better one, with electronic entry has been opened. As a result, the ticket prices have doubled from Rs.10 to Rs.20.



Entry Ticket:
For the zoo :Rs 20
For the aquarium :Rs 5
Video Photography :Rs 250 per hour

Opens on:
Tuesday to Friday

Other Information:
Also known as: Alipore Zoo, Calcutta Zoo or Calcutta Zoo

Established: 1876

Area Covered: 46.5 acres (18.81 ha)

Zoological Garden, Alipore2 No. Alipore Road,Calcutta, West Bengal, India
Pin: 700 027Tel: +91 33 2479 1150, +91 33 2439 9391
Fax: +91 33 2479 1585

Closest Local Transport:
Train Station
Metro Station
Netaji Bhavan
Bus Stop

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