Zoo History

Smt. Indira Gandhi
Prime Minister of India

Sri D.K. Dey & Lt.Smt.Padmaja Naiudu

It was formerly known as Himalayan Zoological Park and was established on 14th August, 1958 in Darjeeling (West Bengal) as a joint venture of Govt. of India (Department of Science and Technology) and Govt. of West Bengal (Department of Education). In January, 1972, the Park was converted into a registered Society under West Bengal Societies Registration Act, 1961 with an understanding that the maintenance cost of the zoo will be shared by the Center and State Governments. The Society in May, 1993 was transferred to Department of Forests, Govt. of West Bengal. At the Govt. of India level the Zoological Park is under the Ministry of Environment and Forests. In 1975, Late Smt. Indira Gandhi the then Prime Minister of India dedicated the Himalayan Zoological Park, Darjeeling in Memory of Late Smt. Padmaja Naidu, ex-governor of West Bengal. The Zoo was re-named as Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park.

The Zoological Park is striving for the maintenance of ecological balance in the Eastern Himalayas with the following objectives :

The Zoological Park falls under the category of medium zoos as per Central Zoo Authority's classification but is the largest high altitude zoo in the country (India).