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Guwahati Zoo or the Assam State Zoo cum Botanical Garden is one of the major tourist spots of Assam. It is located in the Hengrabari Reserve Forest in Guwahati, Assam. It occupies an area of 130 hectares and the botanical garden is spread across over an area of 82 hectares. The zoo has a unique diversity of flora and fauna preserved in it.Assam State Zoo

Geography

The vegetation of the zoo is a mixture of tropical moist deciduous and semi evergreen forests. The zoo is formed with hilly terrain with a plateau on the middle and slopes alongside. There are also bamboo forests with teak plantation and shrubs in the zoo.

History

The Assam State Zoo was established in the year 1957 and was opened to public for the first time in 1958. During the first opening the zoo had 42 and 236 species of animals and birds respectively.

Biodiversity

The Assam State Zoo is a home to several endangered and rare species of animals and birds. Animals like the rare One-horned Rhinoceros, white tigers, leopards, swamp tapirs, Asiatic lion, royal Bengal tiger, stump-tailed macaque, Hollock Gibbon, Himalayan black bear etc are there in the zoo. There are also a variety of avi fauna and indigenous reptiles in the zoo.


There are around 358 reptiles, around 37 animals in the mammal section and about 277 kinds of birds in the zoo. The Botanical Garden in the Zoo has a variety of plants and orchids. There are around 44 species of orchids from the north eastern region of India


The Botanical Garden is one of the major parts of the State Zoo. It was established in 1982 there are different flowers, broad leafed plants, herbs and shrubs in the garden.

Recreation

There is also a children’s’ park in the zoo. Along with that, there is a forest museum, lake, tower house, joy ride point etc for the tourists to enjoy. A Reptile house housing different types of snakes in individual enclosures is also there in the zoo. There are also eating joints and outlets in the zoo where from you can buy eatables.
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