Chidiyakhana (Central Zoo), Jawalakhel, Kathmandu, Nepal

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Chidiyakhana (Central Zoo), Jawalakhel, Kathmandu, Nepal

Chidiyakhana (Zoo) is one of the best places to visit for the people who love nature, wild life and birds. It is situated at Jawalakhel, Lalitpur. From various point of views (like dry picnic, child fun, peaceful place, elephant riding, boat riding, observing wild life etc.) it is important.
About Central Zoo:

  • It is the only one zoo in Nepal with an area of six hectares.
  • Physical facilities at the Central Zoo: Information counter, Restaurant, Souvenir shop, Paddleboat and rafting, Picnic shed, Couple chairs, Children ground (swings, funny temple, merry-go-round, Uranus etc.),Elephant ride, Visitor centre (with audio visual facilities), Library (books and audio visuals),Aquarium (sub-tropical fish)
  • The Central Zoo opens 1000 – 1700 hours from Sunday to Saturday.
  • Fishing is open from 1st of Chaitra till 30th of Kartik
  • Use of Plastic bags is prohibited
  • The central pond at the zoo which was built during the rule of king Siddhi Narsingh Malla ( and at one time was the source of water for Patan)
  • Tickets should be taken from the counter just before the entrance gate to enter the zoo. (fare is variable : for internal tourist and external, Rs. 35 for child, Rs. 60 for students with cards and Rs. 100 for adult, Rs. 500 and above for external tourist)

History of Central Zoo (Sadar Chidiyakhana):
It was established basically as the private zoo by late Prime Minister Juddha Sumsher J.B. Rana in 1932 i.e early 20th Century. Later, it was made public by the Government of Nepal in 1956.It was properly managed meeting the standards only when it was handed over to The National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC) in December 1995. To improve the living conditions of animals the trust has developed plans and policies.
NTNC is developing the Central Zoo as a Center for Conservation Education and Wildlife Research in Nepal. Its major objectives are:

  • To improve animal health and welfare by creating natural habitat and providing food according to their dietary requirement;
  • To encourage research and provide conservation education through first-hand experience of wild animals; and
  • To raise public awareness on the importance of nature conservation.
  • Animals in The Central Zoo of Nepal as of Chaitra, 2067

Categories Species Number
Mammals     34        196
Reptiles        9          21
Fishes         14        232
Birds            51        259
Total           108       708

What are the codes of conducts of Zoo?

They are as listed below:

  • Feeding the animals is prohibited.
  • To disturb, torment or joke with animals is not allowed.
  • We should not stick or throw anything into the animal cages.
  • We should not litter.

Note: Plastics bags are prohibited.
(Information Source: The Central Zoo of Nepal, Jawalakhel, Kathmandu.)
Nearby attractions:
Jawalakhel Volleyball Club, Patan Durbar Square, Lagankhel Buspark, Nepal Telecom, World Link Communication,
Various colleges like Welhems, Parsadi Academy, Omega H.S.S, Creative Academy & much more…
Hospitals: Cancer Hospital, Alka hospital…
Schools: ST. Xaviers , Omega…

If you have ever visited Central Zoo, Nepal then please write a feedback comment below.

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2 Responses to “Chidiyakhana (Central Zoo), Jawalakhel, Kathmandu, Nepal”

  1. Maddy Musante says:

    I visited Central Zoo of Nepal today and was very disappointed. There is a lack of proper animal husbandry and utterly nonexistent conservation education. I hate to be the bearer of bad news but there is so much room for improvement here. A zoological park should show wild animals in strong health and educate the public on the need to conserve land and other resources for the good of the environment and the many animals that call it home. I hope that Central Zoo can make an effort to improve its animal husbandry and conservation education!

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