Alipore Zoological Garden, Kolkata

Zoological Garden, Alipore, Kolkata

Present Heritage House

The Murshidabad House

The Murshidabad House is named in honour of its donor, H.H. the Nawab Bahadur of Murshidabad. He donated the cost for building this house. At initial time "The Birds of Paradise" were kept there. Several valuable birds are kept here nowadays.

The Sarnomoyi House

This house has been erected at the cost of Maharaja Manindra Chandra Nandy, the nephew and successor of the late Maharani Sarnomoyi of Cossimbajar and was named after her. The house was extended in three sides of the main building are three lofty wire-netting aviaries (the Eastern Aviary, The Western Aviary and The Central aviary) which contains bushes and trees and afford practically a natural home for the birds.

The Schwendler House

This house was named after Carl Louis Schwendler (Postmaster to the Govt. of India) in the year 1876. Here a nice miniature lake was present. Initially, a tiny little stream that was fed by clean pipe water trickled down from a little rockery, with grass plots on one side, and pebbly flats on the other could be seen in the house.
On 10th February, 1876 Carl Louis Schwendler donated Siamese Fireback, Monaul, Linn, Wild Common Fowl, Sikkim Horned Pheasant, Guinea Fowl, and Peacock Pheasant.
On 12th February, 1876 he donated Lineated Pheasant, Golden Pheasant, and Silver Pheasant.

The Buckland Enclosure

This enclosure was built to commemorate the name of Mr. C.T. Buckland, I.C.S. who was the president of Garden for many years and contributed largely to its welfare at the time of its infancy. This enclosure was originally built for the Rhinoceros and is now inhabited by a Hippopotamus.

The Dumraon House

This splendid house was built in the year 1878 in the honour of the Maharaja of Dumraon and extensively remodelled in the year 1906. It is well shaded by trees. The two main buildings are connected by a central iron cage. Initially it was designed for European Monkeys.

The Crocodile Pool

The Crocodile Pool was originally a snake-rockery. This was very popular at one time but lost its attraction since the erection of the more important "Reptile House". The Snake-rockery was converted into Crocodile Pool. Currently there are three types of crocodile: Gharial, Mugger and Saltwater Crocodile.

The Sonebursa Enclosure

It is named after the Maharaja of Sonebursa. Initially it was used for keeping different species of deer and antelopes. Currently it is used for keeping Kangaroos.

The Mymensing Enclosure

Mymensing enclosure is the most conspicuous improvement carried out in the Burdwan House. The cost was met from the fund provided by the late Maharaja Bahadur Surya Kanta Acharya Chowdhury of Mymensing. The enclosure is named after him as Mymensing enclosure. It is now used as the open enclosure for lions.

The Gubbay House

The Gubbay House was built to commemorate the name of Mr. Ellias Gubbay. When it was opened, it was used for keeping the Apes and Monkeys. The enclosure is an oblong brick-made edifice measuring 50 feet long by 30 feet broad by 22 feet high with an arched roof. Currently The Gubbay House is being remodeled into a Nocturnal House.

The Jotindra Mohan Tagore's Library

It is named after the late Maharaja Sir Jotindra Mohan Tagore, K.C.I.E., of Calcutta, who was a constant supporter of the Zoological Garden, and was a recognised leader of Bengal aristrocracy.

The Ezra House

The Ezra House was built by the late Mr. David Ezra. He donated a pair of Giraffes to the zoo and to keep these the house was built in 1877.

The Mullick House

It is named after Raja Rajendra Nath Mullick of Chorebagan, Calcutta, an enthusiastic animal fancier of his time, who maintained his own private menagerie long before the "Zoo" came into existence. It is a round brick-built structure with six radiating outer wire-netting cages, each having a small fresh water tank. Primarily Otters were presents.

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