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The Lucknow Zoo

Swati

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~ Swati Sharma

As a child I often visited the zoo as I lived in Dalibagh Colony which is just a stone’s throw away from the zoo. During our vacations my friends and I would go there every morning for a walk, play and say hello to our animal friends. I have happy memories of the zoo which had lots of trees and animals then.

Although I am sure the zoo authorities are doing the needful to make the zoo a safe place for the animals but maybe because of the climate changes over the years animals and trees have lessened a lot. I hope new trees are planted now as it is the urgent need of the hour. I felt cages could be made larger and shrubs or trees and grass and plants be planted in their enclosures, especially birds to give them a more natural environment. Animals need to be kept as close to Nature as possible to keep them happy and healthy.

The section where owls and other nocturnal animals are kept is totally artificial with small dark rooms which are dimly lit perhaps to give them a feel of night even during the day. This is completely unnatural as I feel these creatures need daylight just like other animals because that is their natural environment even if they rest during the day. And contrary to the popular belief, nocturnal animals have a weak eyesight during daytime but they can see and are not completely blind.

Over the years the zoo has for sure developed and is overall a fine experience for the visitors in many ways.

The Lucknow Zoo or The Prince of Wales Zoological Gardens, was established in the year 1921 to commemorate the visit of His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales to Lucknow. Sir Harcourt Butler, the then Governor of the State established the idea of Zoological gardens and it was received enthusiastically by the prominent landlords and the leading citizens of the State who donated liberally for the construction of animal houses and cages and also presented animals and birds for display from time to time.

crocodile at lucknow-zoo Nawab Wazid Ali Shah Prani Udyan

Aligators still as statues


pheasant at lucknow-zoo Nawab Wazid Ali Shah Prani Udyan


pheasant at lucknow-zoo

Quail, wish their cages were bigger and had some grass and shrubs


 parrots at Nawab Wazid Ali Shah Prani Udyan Lucknow Zoo

Parrots


 Exotic bird at Nawab Wazid Ali Shah Prani Udyan

This bird was constantly moving up and down all alone in her cage


 Vulture at Nawab Wazid Ali Shah Prani Udyan Lucknow zoo India

A Vulture


 lucknow-zoo Nawab Wazid Ali Shah Prani Udyan India

A wild cat


 lucknow-zoo Nawab Wazid Ali Shah Prani Udyan Chimpanzee

The most popular animal in the zoo for children. A guard would specially discourage children from teasing the Hookoo monkey.


 Tiger at Nawab Wazid Ali Shah Prani Udyan Lucknow Zoo

Look closely, there’s a tiger in this picture


 Indian sloth bear at Nawab Wazid Ali Shah Prani Udyan Lucknow zoo

This bear looked pretty old


 Emu bird at Lucknow Zoo Nawab Wazid Ali Shah Prani Udyan

The three Emus were also brisk walking along their enclosure


 Giraffe at Nawab Wazid Ali Shah Prani Udyan Lucknow

The Giraffee has recently lost his partner and the authorities are planning to bring a new one for him.


 Zebra at Nawab Wazid Ali Shah Prani Udyan Lucknow zoo

A few Zebras are also there


 fish at Nawab Wazid Ali Shah Prani Udyan

Tiny fishes at the Aquarium


 acquarium at Nawab Wazid Ali Shah Prani Udyan


 owls at Nawab Wazid Ali Shah Prani Udyan Lucknow zoo

Owls at The Nocturnal Animals section


 owl at Nawab Wazid Ali Shah Prani Udyan Lucknow zoo


 white tigers at Nawab Wazid Ali Shah Prani Udyan Lucknow zoo

White tigers…


 crocodiles at Nawab Wazid Ali Shah Prani Udyan Lucknow zoo

Crocodiles


 hippo at Nawab Wazid Ali Shah Prani Udyan Lucknow zoo

Hippopotamuses


 Colored parrots at Lucknow zoo

Macaws


 khaleek pheasant at lucknow zoo


 animal life at lucknow zoo

Squirrel


 white peacocks at Nawab Wazid Ali Shah Prani Udyan Lucknow zoo

White Peacocks


 big cat sleeping at Nawab Wazid Ali Shah Prani Udyan Lucknow zoo

A lioness basking in the sun in the moat surrounding her den


 lion at Nawab Wazid Ali Shah Prani Udyan Lucknow zoo

The King…


 mammal at Nawab Wazid Ali Shah Prani Udyan Lucknow zoo


 animal habitat at Nawab Wazid Ali Shah Prani Udyan Lucknow zoo


 black crane at Nawab Wazid Ali Shah Prani Udyan Lucknow zoo


 sarus cranes at Nawab Wazid Ali Shah Prani Udyan Lucknow zoo state bird of Uttar Pradesh


 stork at lucknow zoo

Meal time for her


 pelicans and storks at lucknow zoo

The bird park


 painted stork at lucknow zoo

Lost her way and she is sitting above the bird park enclosure perhaps waiting for a helper to put her back with her friends


 bird at lucknow zoo





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