The zoological garden of Kamla Nehru Prani Sangrahalaya (Indore Zoo) is a 19th-century establishment built on prodigious 51 acres land of Quadibag. Located, 5 km from the heart of the city, this recently renovated Indore Zoo is a great place to spot rare wildlife. On my recent visit to Indore, I set out to explore this Prani Sangrahlaya primarily, because it’s the largest and the oldest zoological garden of Madhya Pradesh.
At first glance, Kamla Nehru Zoological Park appears inviting with its huge-fancy entrance gate. Stretching out to the outdoor courtyard which, is decorated with dolphin fountains and a massive rotating Eagle. As soon as, I paid the nominal fee of INR 10 per person (and INR 50 for the movie camera) to get onto the other side, the swarming crowds left me baffled.
The zoo ‘certainly’ lacks a queue management system, however, does have a decent collection of wildlife. From Pekin Ducks to Lions, Indore Zoo is your best bet at spotting wild animals in Indore. As per the official records, Kamla Nehru Zoo houses 570 specimens and 56 animal species at present. Featuring 28 beautiful bird species, 7 reptiles & herbivores, 4 felids & canids, and six types of omnivore mammals.
Even though in the last 12 years, the zoo has only brought-in 7 new species. The zoological park also facilitates in-house breeding of royal Bengal tigers, white peacocks, and Himalayan bears. Luckily, despite scorching heat, I did get a chance to spot a few Sloth bears which I first mistook for Himalayan bears. However, later I was informed that there is only one female Himalayan Bear on the premises. And she was unwell hence, kept away.
The beautiful sloth bear family I spotted, was lazily lounging in shade. Moving forward, I also watched the Black Bucks and the Big Five Game relaxing in the natural environment. The Zoo, however, is less of a park and more of a confined stage. That is if I compare it to the other zoological gardens of India!
Despite flourishing lush green surroundings, the Zoo lacks warmth, management, CCTV cameras, or for that matter a ‘fine’ food spot. The food court on the premises does have a few small shops that serve pocket-friendly munchies but, it’s not a place that I would personally recommend. Look beyond the facilities, and you will see a lovely animal kingdom thriving with a variety of rare species. Here have a look!
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The ones that you must not miss are the Nilgai (blue antelope), Bengal Tigers, and the White Peacock.