The Lucknow Zoo has been categorised by the Central Zoo Authority, Government of India, as a large zoo. Within its area of 71.6 acres, the zoo houses 447 mammals, 348 birds, 57 reptiles and a total of 97 different species of wild animals. Royal Bengal tigers, white tigers, lions, wolves, Hoolock gibbons, Himalayan black bears and Indian rhinoceros can also be seen.
The zoo also houses black bucks, swamp deer, barking deer, Asiatic elephants, giraffes, common otters, hill mynahs, giant squirrels and others. Fauna inhabiting the zoo also include great pied hornbills, golden pheasants and silver pheasant. In the zoo, swamp deer, black bucks, hog deer and barking deer, white tigers, Indian wolves and several pheasants breed successfully.
The Nature Interpretation Centre in the zoo organises the 'Touch Table Programmes’ on Friday. In this program, information about the skins of various animals, eggs of birds and pheasants, tusk of elephants, plaster cast of tiger pug marks and others is provided.
A press gallery giving information about the present and past status of the zoo is also present in this centre. Different animals and birds, which are extinct or are on the verge of extinction, are displayed in the form of models outside the Nature Interpretation Centre.
Since 1969, the zoo also contains a Toy Train that provides additional entertainment. A gift of the Railway Board, the train consists of an engine and two coaches. Inaugurated on Children's Day, the train covers a track length of 1.5 km.
Timing: February to April: 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
May to July: 8:30 am – 6 pm
August to October: 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
November to January: 8:30 am – 5 pm
Admission Fees: INR15 (above 12 years)
INR5 (5 to 12 years)
Toy Train: INR10 (above 12 years)
INR3 (5 to 12 years)
INR10 (Still Camera)
INR30 (Video Camera)
INR30 (Family of 4 members)
Nature Training Centre: INR5 (above 12 years)
INR2 ( 5 to 12 years)
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