Dehradun Zoo “Formerly known as Malsi Deer Park”
Dehradun Zoo or Malsi Deer Park is one of the famous tourist attractions in Dehradun. It is developed as a mini-zoological park and 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, to develop as an education centre and Rescue centre for wild animals.
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 well-manicured gardens, parking space, kids playing area with swings, canteens, restroom, a theatre, aquarium and the newly introduced zip-line.
Wildlife Found at Dehradun Zoo:
Dehradun 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 which is a home to several wildlife species like two horned deer, leopards, neelgai, emu, ostrich, turkey, crocodiles and turtle. The park also boasts of several avi-faunal species like parrot, peacock, owl, parakeet and macaw to name a few. The habitat for other exotic animals including snakes and a couple of other water animals is currently under construction.
Things to do at Dehradun Zoo:
Dehradun Zoo 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 the leopard basking under the sun, the deer munching on the fresh grass and the owls sitting on the over-reaching branches of the tree. 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.
Opening and Closing Time:
Dehradun Zoo opens from 10 am and closes at 5 pm.
Entry Fees at Dehradun Zoo:
One can visit Dehradun Zoo by paying a minimal entry fee of Rs 20 for Adults and Rs 10 for Kids.
How to reach:
Dehradun Zoo idyllically situated on Dehradun-Mussoorie road 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 and Jilly Grant airport at 37 km away is the closest air connectivity to here.