Temporarily shut down due to rising cases of COVID-19, Delhi’s National Zoological Park is set to reopen from tomorrow, March 1. The park’s authorities have added that strict safety norms will be followed, and visitors need to book tickets online. By Eshita Srinivas
Home to a host of endangered species, the National Zoological Park is a 176-acre large space and claims to work towards promoting species preservation while adding to the nation’s conservation efforts. It’s also a major attraction for travellers heading to the capital city. That said, the third wave of COVID-19 had led authorities to temporarily shut the park in January. With cases now dwindling around the country, things are looking up for those who’d like to pay a visit to the animals that reside here.
How to book a ticket to the National Zoological Park
Good news for animal lovers – Delhi National Zoological Park to re-open from 1st March with online ticket system, say zoo authorities.
The zoo had shut down temporarily on January 5 due to a high number of Covid cases.
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All section supervisors, Mint reports, have been asked to comply with COVID-19 appropriate norms once the park reopens. Prior to this, the zoo had been shut down several times, starting with March 2020, when the pandemic first hit the country. Later, it shut down due to a bird flu scare in January 2021, at a time when infections due to the Delta variant were on the rise. It opened up on August 1, 2021, but had to be shut down again early this year due to the third wave.
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To book a ticket online, visitors need to sign up on the official website of the National Zoological Park using their phone number and email ID. Post this, India Today reports, visitors will need to select a slot based on what’s available and pay for their tickets.
The more popular animals at this park include the white tiger, gaur, jaguar, rhinoceros, elephants, peacocks, lion-tailed macaque, and brow-antlered deer. Free-ranging and migratory species include the cobra, palm civet, porcupine, mongoose, painted stork, rosy pelicans, spotted owl, and more. A news report by The Hindu adds that the Central Zoo Authority also handed over one lion and two lionesses to the park mid last year.
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Feature and hero image: Courtesy National Zoological Park, Delhi