Address : Tallital, Nainital
City/District : Nainital
State : Uttarakhand
Pt. Govind Ballabh Pant High Altitude Zoo is a high altitude zoo situated in Nainital, Uttarakhand. Established in 1984 and opened to public in 1995, it is situated on the Sher Ka Danda hill at a height of 2,100 metres above sea-level and is spread over 4.6 hectares.
It is the only High Altitude Zoo in north India, besides those in Darjeeling and Sikkim. Over the years it has become a popular tourist attraction
The zoo was established in 1984, though it was opened to visitors on 1 June 1995.
The Naintal Zoo was home to India's only Siberian tiger from 2001 until its death in November 2011. The tiger, named Kunal, was half of a pair of tigers brought from Darjeeling in 1997. His older brother, named Mahesh, died in 2001.
The zoo has several endangered species of animals in the Himalayas, and animals like Royal Bengal tiger, Tibetan wolves, sambar, leopard cat and Himalayan bear. It also has a vast collection of high altitude birds, like kalij pheasant, Lady Amherst pheasant, rose ringed parakeet, golden pheasant and red junglefowl.
The zoo has night shelters for the animals, and curtains are put up in the bird enclosures during the winter months
The mission is double; firstly to promote exchange of research experience in tourism and secondly other forms of co-operation among its members.
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