Located in the heart of Lucknow, the Lucknow Zoo, also known as the Nawab Wazid Ali Shah Prani Udyan, is a favourite among wildlife enthusiasts from all over the city. This massive zoo is spread over an area of 71.6 acres and was established in the year 1921 to commemorate the visit of His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales to Lucknow. Some fascinating animals and birds such as Royal Bengal Tiger, White Tiger, Lion, Wolf, Great Pied Hornbill, Golden Pheasant and Silver Pheasant can be spotted here.
In addition to being a safe house for animals, the Lucknow Zoo also has a number of fun-filled activities for its visitors. You can hop aboard the vintage toy train that runs through the zoo! The State Museum displaying artefacts from Awadh is also situated in the Lucknow Zoo. In addition to these, several events such as Wildlife Week and Children's day Celebration are celebrated here as well.
Lucknow Zoo History
The Prince of Wales Zoological Gardens was established in 1921 to commemorate the visit of His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales to Lucknow. Generous donations were made for the purpose by prominent landlords and the leading citizens of the State, who donated resources for the construction of animal houses and cages. Moreover, animals were also donated by the elite which was then placed in the exhibition as well.
To look over the proceedings, a committee was formed which constituted of the donors and other prominent citizens. Colonel Fanthorpe, Commissioner of Lucknow, was appointed as the first President and Sheikh Maqbool Husain as first Secretary of the Commission. The Committee was registered under the Societies Registration Act on 17 August 1926. The layout of the zoo was designed by Mr. Lintle Bogla and 26 buildings along with cages were constructed at a total cost of Rs. 2,08,800.
Top Attractions in Lucknow Zoo
Gigantic Elephants. You can watch a hub of species of elephants during the visit. Some of them are also international elephants.
White Tigers. Though West Bengal is the home of several white tigers. Still, here in Lucknow Zoo, you get to witness the rare white tigers that are eye-bowling.
International Birds. Here, you will find different species of birds including colourful birds, international birds such as Hill Myna, Spoonbill and many more.
Things to Do in Lucknow Zoo
Toy Train. Besides enjoying animals, you can enjoy the ride of the train that is available in the zoo territory itself.
Roam around the Lucknow House Museum. You can also visit the famous Lucknow House Museum that establishes beautiful things to give a view to several artefacts.
Best Time to Visit Lucknow Zoo
Winter is the perfect time to explore the place. There will be a beautiful scenic spectacle around the place.
How to Reach Lucknow Zoo?
Locals- There are several buses, autos and other modes of transport that are actively run towards the Hussainabad, Lucknow Zoo. Nawab Wajid Ali Shah Prani Udyan, Char Bagh, Mawaiya are some of the nearest metro stations towards Lucknow Zoo.
Outsiders- You can also take the air-service of India. The Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport is equipped with best air service including Air India, SpiceJet, and many other names.
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