Dehradun Zoo or Malsi Deer Park is one of the famous tourist attractions in Dehradun. It is developed as a mini-zoological park. It offers a sneak-peek in the lives of the fauna and avi-fauna. The zoo was established on the objectives of ex-situ conversation of wild animals, bio-diversity conservation. The aim was to develop as an education centre and Rescue centre for wild animals.
It is set in the foothills of Shivaliks. The Malsi Deer Park is one of the most popular destinations for the tourists visiting Mussoorie. The park showcases:
Dehradun Zoo has been ranked 10th among 181 zoos in the world. This ranking was determined by Facebook’s “Likealyzer” software. Along with likes and comments, it is also seen how many people have visited Zoo. Thus, Ranking is determined on the basis of this.
This zoo lures many wildlife lovers by its varied flora and fauna found in the area. It is the second famous wildlife attraction after Rajaji National Park. The park lavishly sprawls over 25 hectares of land. It is a home to several wildlife species such as:
The park also boasts of several avi-faunal species, such as:
The habitat for other exotic animals including snakes and a couple of other water animals is currently under construction.
It is a hotspot for nature lovers and bird watchers. It is frequently visited by families, kids, couples and researchers. One can admire the glimpse of:
You can let your children play in the kid’s area. Take photographs of the resplendent natural beauty. Or feast on the tasty food served in the canteen.
Dehradun Zoo opens from 10 AM and closes at 5 PM.
One can visit Dehradun Zoo by paying a minimal entry fee of Rs 20 for Adults and Rs 10 for Kids.
The Dehradun Zoo, formerly known as Malsi Deer Park, was established in the year 1976 as the Van consciousness center. Initially it was set up with 3 spotted deer, 1 goral, 2 barking deer, 3 peacocks and 5 slopes. In the past years the zoo was served as a rescue center for various species of wild animals and birds. Malsi Dear Park was upgraded to the Mini Zoo by CZA under Section 28 (H) of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, for the first time on 09.03.2012. Dehradun Zoo Management Society was formed by the Government of Uttarakhand in 2016 and the Society Was registered under the Act. The revised Master Layout Scheme was approved in year 2016. The zoo was evaluated in 2017 and the situation was extended till 2019. In December 2017, the director was posted separately in the zoo for the independent management of the zoo. Over the years, infrastructure has been improved, many old enclosures were rebuilt and new animals were built for better management and housing. Animals and birds were kept according to approved layout plans. Many new features such as aquariums and 3D theaters have been built. The veterinary doctor of Rajaji National Park was given additional charge for the management of the zoo animals. The basic health facility was made for better animal health service. With all these improvements, the number of visitors increased from 2.5 lakh to 5.2 lakh. Currently, only 5 hectares of the total 25 hectares of the zoo are open to visitors and approximately 350 species of different birds and animals species have been managed by the zoo.
Dehradun Zoo idyllically situated on Dehradun–Mussoorie road. It is only 9 km away from the city centre, Clock Tower. It can be easily reached by taking the local bus from Rajpur road. Or you can take the local autos or Vikram. Take the Vikram no.1 which will drop you at Mussoorie diversion, a short hike from here will lead you to the zoo. Dehradun railway station at 11 km away is the nearest railhead. Jolly Grant airport at 37 km away is the closest air connectivity to here.