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The Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park of Pune is a snake park and a zoo that sprawls across 130 acres and sections into three separate zones that include a zoo, a snake park, and an orphanage for animals. The snake park houses more than 22 different species of serpents and over ten species of other reptiles. The zoological park organises events and awareness programmes to attract tourists from all over the world who visit the zoo to take part in the festivals and shows and explore the zoo that plays habitat to a host of elephants, monkeys, black bucks, barking deer, sambars, bears, sloths, leopards, and more.
Take a marvelous plunge into the world of reptiles and animals at the Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park of Pune.
The animal orphanage of Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park serves as a refuge for orphaned and abandoned animals and makes provision for the rehabilitation and medical treatment of wild animals and baby animals.
The snake park of Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park features an enormous assembly of snakes, turtles, reptiles, and birds. The snake park is the most interesting part of the zoological park. It makes for a habitat of over 22 different species of serpents and more than ten different species of a variety of reptiles that include Indian star tortoise, snakes, cobra, Indian Rock Python and several more. The snake park houses a gigantic King Cobra of about 13 feet in length. The information on the snakes and other reptiles is written in conventional language as well as in Braille format for the blind. The library located in the snake park provides detailed information on reptiles to interested tourists. The snake park also organizes reptile awareness and conservation programs and snake festivals to destroy the myths, fears, and taboos related to snakes. The park also holds a festival to celebrate Nag Panchami and fight against cruelty towards snakes.
The zoo is a section of the Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park. The number of tourists visiting the zoo has significantly increased ever since the adoption of two regal Asiatic lions in the year 2017. The zoo plays home to a wide variety of mammals that include a white tiger, a royal Bengal tiger, and a variety of host of elephants, monkeys, black bucks, barking deer, sambars, bears, sloths, leopards, and more. The zoo corporation is planning to initiate an ex-situ breeding program and bring in more animals such as Indian giant squirrels, mouse deer, rusty spotted cats, jungle cats, lesser cats, nilgai, barking deer, foxes, and hyenas.
Till 1986, Pune counted just two parks, one was Peshwe Park and other was Katraj Snake Park. In 1997, the government issued a notice that a new modern park needs to be made as per the instructions of the Central Zoo Authority of India. In 1999, a zoo was opened named Rajiv Gandhi Zoo and Wildlife Research Centre in Katraj. Originally, it was a reptile park with a small number of spotted deer, monkeys, and sambars. It was in 2005 when all the animals from Peshwe Park were included in Rajiv Gandhi Zoo. The park runs an animal adoption scheme from October 2010.
How to Get Tickets?
You can purchase the tickets to the Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park right here on this website. Tickets are also available at the entrance of the zoo, but it is recommended to buy the tickets online to avoid long queues and waste of time and energy.
How To Get Around?
Getting around in the Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park is best done on foot. Tourists can also take part in guided tours to explore the rich variety of fauna at the zoological park.
What Should I Wear?
It is recommended to go for comfortable and light summer clothes. Do not forget to put on your sunshades and hats. Light summer dresses, tops or shirts paired shorts, jeans or skirts are perfectly suitable for a trip to the Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park is during the summer months between March and August. Do not visit during the holiday season between December and January if you want to avoid the crowd and millions of kids who visit during school breaks.
The currency is Indian Rupee.
Will I Need a Guide?
You do not need a guide. Transportation is easy, and all the required information is on this website.
How To Get There?
The Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park is located outside the city boundaries and alongside the Pune-Satara Highway beside the Bharati Vidyapeeth University. The distance between the zoological park and the Katraj Bus Depot of the main city is about 8 km. The zoo connects well by an efficient network of buses and can be accessed by the PMPML buses that leave for the Zoological Park from Swargate.
Throw garbage in the dustbins. You can apply sunscreen to avoid causing tan. Carry a water bottle with you. Take care of your belongings.