Regarded as one of the oldest attractions of West Bengal, Alipur Zoo in Kolkata. Alipore Zoo is located at Alipore Road and is considered to be one of the most-visited tourist destinations in Kolkata. Alipore Zoo is also known as Alipore Zoological Gardens. Administered according to the Bengal Public Parks Act, 1904, Alipur Zoo of West Bengal is regarded as one of the pioneers in the field of giraffe breeding. Presenting a sanctuary full of different types of animals and birds, the Zoo is famous for possessing many species which are near extinction today.
Alipore Zoo spread over 45 acres in Kolkata. Established by Lord Wellesley on 1st January 1876, it is one of the earliest zoos in India. The Royal Bengal tiger is its main attraction. White tiger is another special attraction which has become endangered specie at present. The zoo also houses a wide range of other animals including giraffe, elephant, snakes, zebra, fox, camel, jaguar, kangaroo, and various wild birds. It has a breeding center and has an aquarium and reptile house. A tortoise all of 250 years which died recently used to be a prized possession of Alipur Zoo.
Usually, winter is the best time to visit the Zoo. This Zoological Garden of Calcutta is mainly popular among the children.
The Alipore Zoo is much under the ravages of time now and renovations are being continually made. The zoo is open on all days except Thursday; from 9 am to 5 pm. Entry Fees is Rs.30.