The Nainital zoo is a home to various endangered species like the Royal Bengal Tiger, Sambar, Tibetan Wolves, Leopard Cat, Barking Deer, Japanese Macaque and the Himalayan bear.
Pt. Govind Ballabh Pant High Altitude Zoo Nainital was the only Zoo established in the state of Uttarakhand. The Zoo was established in 1984 and is spread over an area of 4.693 hectares.
The Zoo was opened to visitors on 1st June 1995 and is managed by “The Pandit Govind Ballabh Pant High Altitude Zoo Management Society Nainital” from 1st March 2002.
Nainital Zoo is nationally (by Central Zoo Authority, CZA) and internationally (by Association of Zoos and Aquariums, AZA) accredited institution for Conservation, Care, Recovery and Education for wildlife, many of which are critically endangered.
Currently, the Nainital Zoo is involved in 05 Species Survival Plans (SSP), namely Snow Leopard, Red Panda, Musk Deer, Himalayan Monal and Tibetan Wolf.Nainital Zoo participates in many captive breeding and reintroduction programs, which involve breeding programmes of many endangered species, and if possible, releasing these wild animals back into their natural habitats.
By doing this, we hope to help increase wild populations of animals that are, right now, struggling to survive on their own.Nainital Zoo has also championed the recovery program for the endangered Red Panda, since 2010.