Islamabad Zoo or before was known as Marghazar Zoo was first opened in 1978. With its are of 33 ha, this zoo is the home for around six-hundred animals from many species. The zoo is located in Margalla Hill, Islamabad. It used to be the part of Japanese Park but The Capital Development Authority decided to extend the zoo and upgrade it into recreational area and wildlife sanctuary. There are several things that you can do when you are visiting Islamabad Zoo
1. Animals Exhibition
Islamabad Zoo has around six-hundred animals that are from several species. The highlight of the zoo is its wildlife animals. Lions, elephants, and zebras are the most common animals there. Not only wildlife animals, you can also see some beautiful birds like ostrich and peacock. Islamabad Zoo is a perfect place for children to learn about animals. So, take the tour inside the zoo with your children and let them explore the big zoo while also learning.
2. Dinosaur Statues
Encounter dinosaurs in Islamabad Zoo? Don't worry, it is not a real dinosaurs. Inside Islamabad Zoo, there are plenty of dinosaur statues from many species such as tyrannosaurus, stegosaurus, and pteranodon. Children can also play around this dinosaur statues. You can also teach your children about the dinosaurs there.
3. Japanese Children Park
Japanese Children Park which is located next to the Islamabad Zoo was established in December 30, 1985 as a gift from Japan for Pakistan's children. With the cherry blossom trees and a red bridge that brings out the ambience of Japan, this big park is a perfect place for your children who likes to run around. There are plenty of attractions that children can play such as swings, slides, and a miniature of a castle. Not only that the park is perfect for children, the park is also perfect for family to have a picnic there.
How to Get Tickets?
If you are planning on visiting Islamabad Zoo, you need to but the tickets directly from the ticket booth. The ticket will cost around Rs 30 for each person.
How To Get Around?
To get around Islamabad Zoo, it is easy to go by foot since it will be easier to see the animals from a close distance.
What Should I Wear?
If you are planning to visit Islamabad Zoo, there is no fixed dress code that you need to follow. Just wear something that is comfortable and not too revealing. Make sure that you are wearing a comfortable pair of shoes because you are going to take a long tour inside the zoo.
Best Time to Visit
Since Islamabad Zoo is an outdoor place, make sure that you visit the monument before noon because it will be very hot and crowded there. It will also make you difficult to find foods there.
Will I Need a Guide?
No, the tour inside will easily give you all the information about the animals.
How To Get There?
To get to Islamabad Zoo from Islamabad is very easy. You can go by taxi or car from the 9th Ave. It will only took around 15 minutes of driving to reach Islamabad Zoo from Islamabad.
Since Pakistan is a country with the majority of Muslim, just make sure that you wear something that is not too revealing. Bring scarfs or anything to cover your head especially for women. Also if you are visiting an outdoor place, make sure that you bring or wear something that can protect you from the sunlight since it will be too hot there.