Alipore zoological garden Kolkata | Chiriakhana entry, timings, animals

Kolkata zoo name is Alipore zoological garden. It’s is the perfect destination for any weekend and holiday in Kolkata. Every age of people including kids can enjoy a lot as well. You also do a small picnic here. Stay with me, I will share this winter how I visited all the animals in the Alipore zoo within 2 hours.

Alipore zoological garden kolkata
Alipore zoological garden Kolkata

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Alipore zoological gardens within 2 hours in 2021

Alipore zoological garden Kolkata

How I visit all the animals within 2 hours- First part

First, we visit the salted watered crocodile. This salty watered crocodile is found in India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Australia, etc. This crocodile’s average lifespan is 70 years. The average size is 17 feet, and the weight is 400 kg to 1000 kg. After, we turn to the tiger enclosure.

Next, we move to the spoonbill birdcage, and the Bengali name is “Khunte bok”. It is found in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka & Myanmar. The bird is Lives in jheels, mud banks in the river, etc. They feed on tadpoles, frogs, fish, insects and vegetable matter, etc. The bird lays four eggs, the interval of 21 days. In the water land of the zoo, you see giant fishes moving here and there.

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After the spoonbill birdcage, we move for the Giraffe section. The giraffe is found in Africa, Sudan, and Somali land to South Africa, Nigeria, etc. They live in open woodlands with water supplies and semi-desert areas, feed mainly on the leaves of different trees. The giraffe Gives birth to a calf at an interval of one and a half years to two years.

After that, we move to the Indian Lion area. In India, it is found only in Gir Forest Junagadh of Gujrat. The animal lives in stunted Teak forests, Palas trees, patches of small bamboo, and undergrowth of thorny shrubs and bushes. They stay with groups, and eat meat, prefer to hunt at night. Generally, two to four babies are born after 103 to 105 days of pregnancy.

Next, we visit the cage of a white Indian peacock. It is found throughout India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. This peacock lives in dense scrub, and deciduous jungle, plains, and foothills are preferably in the riverside and streams. They are feeds on grain, vegetables, insects, lizards, snakes, etc. They lie 3 to 5 eggs incubation period of 28 days.

Now it is the area of 8. This Asian elephant’s average lifespan is 48 years. The average length of the Asian elephant is 5.5–6.5 m. The average weight is 5,400 kg.

Our next destination is to watch Mexican red-headed amazon parrot. It comes after visiting the elephant section.

These birds live in forests and wooded areas in lush lowlands and foothills. Their diet is composed of seeds, fruits, flowers, and nectar. They lay 4 to 5 eggs simultaneously—the incubation period of 27 to 29 days on average.

Dove cage is just next to the Mexican red-headed amazon parrot’s cage. The Dove bird found ¡n Indian sub-continent. They Live In woodland, scrub, farmland, and residential places. The dove bird Eats grains of fruit, seeds, etc. These birds lay two eggs at a time—an incubation period of 14 to 15 days.

Next, we move for the emu’s cage, which is near the dove cage. This bird is the second tallest bird on the entire earth. This bird’s height is 59 to 75 inches. Emu is mainly found in Australia. They Live in a regular grassland place. But they avoid heavily crowded areas and forests.

Emu can run up to 50 km per hour for a distance at a time and also can swim. They eat a variety of plants and insects. Emu Lays 15 to 26 eggs at a time Incubation period 50 days.

Next, we visit the hippopotamus cave, which is just opposite the emu’s cage. The hippopotamus is found throughout Africa’s sweet waterways. They eat mainly grass and lives in a group. They Give birth to a calf after a gestation period of 210-255 days. Unfortunately, my bad luck I am unable to see hippopotamus properly.

After visiting the Hippopotamus cave, then we move to the star tortoise area. The star tortoise is found in Central and southern India, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan. They live in sandy tracts, dry grassland & forested areas. They eat grass, greens, green fruits, etc. This tortoise Lays 3 to 7 eggs.

Alipore zoological garden Kolkata route map
Alipore zoo route map

How I visit all the animals within 2 hours- Second part

Guys, this is the time for a quick break. We almost covered half of the zoo. Now you can sit and rest here, and you might be hungry. So, you can eat first food like patties, popcorn, and cold drinks, tea, etc., from the food stall in Alipore zoological garden Kolkata. You can also open your lunch box and don’t forget to bring the newspaper, to rest in the ground area. You also find a few nos of benches, where you relax a little.

After the short break, we visit the jaguar’s enclosure—the cage made with transparent glass. Jaguar is mainly found in America. The average speed of the jaguar is 80 km per hour. This animal’s average lifespan is 12 to 15 years. The average height of the jaguar is 63 to 76 C. M., and the average weight is 56 to 96 kg.

The jungle cast’s cave is beside the jaguar enclosure. In India, the jungle cat lives in grassland, scrub jungle, dry deciduous, evergreen forest, semi-urban areas, and villages. These cats are less active at night and lead a solitary life. However, they can climb trees and can swim. The cat eats small mammals and birds. Usually gives birth to 3 kittens after a gestation period of 2 months.

After the cat’s cage, we are now for the most awaiting Royal Bengal Tiger enclosure. The cave is made with a transparent glass-like jaguar’s den. The average height of a Bengal tiger is 90–110 cm. Weight for a Male is 220 kg, and a Female is 140 kg on average. So height for Male is 2.7 m–3.1 mm, and for females, it’s 2.4m–2.6 m. Now it’s a rare species; almost 2500 tiger is live, counting in 2017.

After the tiger’s cave, we step forward for the Indian one-horned rhinoceros. It’s found in Assam, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, and Nepal. The Live-in swamps and grasslands and Leads a solitary life. The rhinoceros eat grass. They stay in a particular place. They have a single horn, and it’s come from devoid of bone. A single calf is born after 474 to 488 days.

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Reptile House at Alipore zoological garden

Come back from the Rhinos cave now, and we stop in the reptile house. About 260 to 300 million years ago, reptiles had originated on the earth. Modern reptiles appeared on earth about 70 million years ago.

Out of 2000 species of snakes in the world, about 272 snake species can discover in India. About 80% of snakes in India are non-venomous. Snakes can swallow food larger than their heads. 

The lower jaw is only loosely attached to the skull, allowing snakes to open their mouths wide. Snake venom is essential for medicinal purposes. However, the population of snakes is decreasing because of the illegal trade of skins and the habit of killing.

We left the reptile house now move forward to the Gharials enclosure. It’s also known as the Gavial. They mainly eat fish. Weight is about 160 to 250 kg. Length is average five mitres for an adult and 3.5 mitres for females; the maximum age is 15 to 18 years.

After the Gharials enclosure, we visit the Brow-antlered Deer cage. They are Mainly Found in Loktak Lake at Manipur. The deer’s Lives on floating vegetation are called “Phumdi”. Male deer only possess antlers that are shed annually and grow again. In 8 months, a baby is born.

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Next, we move to the Eastern grey kangaroo’s cave. They found it in Australia. They mainly eat grasses and live in groups. The range of gestation period is 38 days. The total life cycle is 7 to 10 years.

After, we move to the spotted deer or the Chital Harin section. The zoo has collected various species of deer and birds. The Spotted deer are found in the forest of the Himalayas and Sri Lanka. They eat grass and live in groups. Male dear only have antlers which are shed annually and grow again. A baby dear is born after six months.

After the spotted deer section, we move to see the world’s most giant tortoise. This Aldabra tortoise is one of the largest tortoises in the world. It is found on Aldabra Island in the Indian Ocean. The tortoise eats grass, leaves, etc., and stays in grasslands, low scrub, mangrove swamps, and coastal areas. Females lay between 9 to 25 eggs. The incubation period is eight months.

Now we moved to the naughty chimpanzee’s cage, found in Guinea to Uganda. They can live in every circumstance. Eat fruit and vegetables. Chimpanzees give birth after a gestation period of 225 to 229 days.

Alipore zoological garden Kolkata chimpanzee
Alipore zoo Chimpanzee

Opposite the Chimpanzees cage, you can find the zebra’s cave. Zebra is found in Africa and south of the Sahara. They mainly eat grass and gives birth approx after one year.

We almost completed the Alipore zoological garden animals in two hours. There are a few more animals, which you can find in the ‘Kolkata Chiriakhana’ or the zoo. So tell me how many times you visit the zoo or when you plan to visit here. Tell me in the comment, please.

After you exit from the zoo across the road, you can find the Alipur zoo aquarium, which is also very interesting. The fee is only 5 rupees per head. So don’t forget to go there.

Alipore zoo Kolkata timetable and closed

  • Alipore zoo opening time – 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Ticket counter timing of Alipore zoo – 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
  • Aquarium timings – 10:30 am to 5:00 pm

Alipore zoo closed day

  • The closing day is Thursdays
  • The zoo on Thursday in winter from 15 December to 31 January.
  • If a Thursday falls on a public holiday, the zoo stays open for that day and is closed on the next working day.

During the period of 15 December to 31 January, the zoo is open for seven days.

What is the entry fee of Alipore zoo in 2021?

  • Up to the age of 5 years, Alipore zoological garden Kolkata ticket price is Rs. 10/-
  • For visitors from the age of 5 years, the Alipore zoo ticket price is Rs.30/-
  • For the aquarium, Rs. 5 / – per person

Is the camera allowed in Alipore Zoo?

  • Video Photography – Rs. 250 /- per hour
  • Camera charges – NIL

You can buy a ticket online

Alipur zoo address

2, Alipore Road, Alipur Zoological Garden Kolkata- 700027

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How to Reach Calcutta Alipore Zoo

The Zoo is on Alipore Road Kolkata. My preferred route is, come to Rabindra Sadan metro station or Exide more and take bus No 230 and reach Alipur within 10 minutes. Alipore zoo nearest metro is Rabindra Sadan or Jatin Das park.

Alipore zoological garden Kolkata Chiriakhana
Kolkata Chiriakhana

Alipore zoo Kolkata Summary

The Alipore national zoo Kolkata West Bengal, also known as the zoological park Kolkata or “Alipur Chiriakhana”. It is India’s oldest zoological garden, and it is one of the major tourist centers in Kolkata, West Bengal. Alipore Zoo attracts tourists from all over the country. The zoo spread over 46.5 acres of area, continues since 1876, when it was open to the public.

The zoo is famous for the expired Aldabra giant tortoise ‘Adabita’, a turtle that lived for over 250 years; the turtle died in 2006. It’s a well-maintain garden for families and children. You can explore and enjoy the holidays in the country’s best wildlife sanctuary.

You see Royal Bengal Tiger, Indian Elephant, the Great Indian One-horned Rhinoceros, and White Tiger, Grant’s Zebra, Antelope, Deer, and more in this zoo. 

You can find many interesting birds such as Macaws and Lorikeet, colourful and striking birds like Swinhoe’s Pheasant, Lady Amherst’s Pheasant and Golden Pheasant, large birds like Ostrich, Emu, Hornbills, and more. In addition, migratory birds during winter make the entire environment pleasant, and you can get birds like Sarus Crane.

Alipore Zoo, especially crowded in winter, when many tourists gather in this popular destination in Kolkata. With the modernization of the zoo, like new glass-wall enclosures, construction of aviaries, the popularity of this zoo has increased day by day.

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History of Kolkata Alipur chiriakhana

The Kolkata Alipur Chiriakhana was initially established as a personal menagerie by Governor-General Richard Wellesley in 1800 as a part of the Indian Natural History Project.

Many major cities in the world started zoos for gaining strength. So, the British community in Calcutta also upgraded and created a formal zoological garden. The Prince of Whales Edward VII inaugurated the zoo on 18 January 1876, which was opened to the public of Alipore on 6 May of the same year.

The zoo was based on the gifts of British and Indian merchants like Maharaja of Mysore Krishna Raja Wadiyar IV and Raja Suryakanta Acharya of Mymensingh. They contribute their private collection of wild animals to the Alipur zoo. The authority started the Panthera hybrid reproduction program, a cross-breeding test between lions and tigers.

Since then, it has been significantly improving rapidly, authority stopped the Panthera program, and now animals have more open and better enclosures. Furthermore, in the modernization of zoos, new glass-wall enclosures and an original entry gate based on electronic access are introduced.

alipore zoo giraffe
Alipore zoo giraffe

Alipore zoo wild animals and birds

The zoo is well-known for its wide range of mammals, birds, and reptiles living here. In addition, the zoo maintains carnivorous animals like the royal Bengal tiger, the jungle cat, the jaguar, the fishing cat, the Himalayan black bear, the sloth bear, etc.

The zoo has a rich collection of swamp deer, brow-antlered, sambar deer, hog deer, barking deer, spotted deer, white fallow deer, blackbuck, Indian one-horned rhinoceros, Indian elephant, zebra, and hippopotamus. In addition, you can easily spot animals like hamadryas baboon, bonnet monkey, olive baboon, rhesus monkey, Assamese monkey, and common languor.

This “Kolkata ka Chidiya Ghar” is also home to many colourful and exotic pheasants like Chinese silver pheasant, golden pheasant, reeve’s pheasant, Lady Amherst’s pheasant, green pheasant, and Nepal Kalij pheasant. Other birds found here include bare-eyed cockatoo, citron crested cockatoo, the sulphur-crested cockatoo, spoonbill, Sarus Crane, painted stork, adjutant stork, white stork, and black-necked stork.

Alipore Zoo has an exclusive Reptile House, which is used only for reptiles like the Indian python, Indian cobra, common krait, banded krait, rat snake, checkered keel back water snake, and common wolf snake.

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List of animals kept in an enclosure at Alipore zoo Kolkata

  1. Zebra
  2. Common Marmoset & Iguana.
  3. White Fallow Deer
  4. Bear – Sloth Bear & Himalayan Black Bear.
  5. Kangaroo
  6. Barking Deer
  7. Swamp Deer
  8. Black Duck
  9. Deer–spotted deer, sambar deer, brow-antlered deer
  10. Nilgai
  11. Marsh Crocodile, Salt Water Crocodile & Gharial.
  12. Gubbay House
  13. Reptile House
  14. Indian One Homed Rhinoceros
  15. Leopard
  16. Jaguar& Leopard.
  17. Mullick House
  18. Lesser Cat
  19. White Tiger
  20. Carnivora House
  21. Bengal Tiger
  22. Ostrich
  23. Crowned Crane & Common Peafowl.
  24. Jungle Cat
  25. Pheasant, Mandarin Duck
  26. Emu
  27. Pheasants & Other Birds.
  28. Hippopotamus
  29. Lion
  30. Pheasant
  31. Jaguar, Leopard
  32. Elephant
  33. Water Birds
  34. Cockatoo
  35. Macaws, Cockatoos
  36. Tiger
  37. Aviary – Spoonbill
  38. Giraffe
  39. Pheasant, Peacock & other Birds
  40. Pheasant, Doves, Imperial Pigeon, Parakeets
  41. Baboon
  42. Chimpanzee
  43. Colourful Indigenous fishes in Aquarium

Alipur zoo aquarium

Opposite the Alipore zoological garden Kolkata main gate, a fish aquarium is built with 1200 species. Young and old peoples are very much attracted to this aquarium.

How can I go to Alipore Zoo?

In 2021 you can visit the Alipur zoo by bus/metro/cab (Ola, Uber). Bus no. 230 from Rathtala, time to take 2:30 hours/ Bus no. 169 from Sealdah, takes 45 minutes. Nearest metro station Ravindra Sadan (2 Km from away from the zoo).

Is food allowed in Alipore Zoo?

Officially, food is not allowed inside the zoo, but I saw people do a picnic here last year. Also, you will get different food stalls inside the zoo.

On which day Alipore zoo is closed?

The Alipore zoo is closed every Thursday (It opens when holidays fall on Thursday). The zoo mainly begins at 9 am and closed at 5 pm.

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Alipore zoological garden Kolkata map

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