National Zoological Park, or Delhi Zoo as it is popularly called, is located near the Old Fort. Spread over an area of 176 acre, it is an abode to more than 1,000 animals, along with a diverse range of flora and birds.

Visit the huge hippopotamus as it enjoys a lazy swim in the waters, see the chimpanzees have a playful go at each other, try to figuratively wrap your head around the really long arms and tails of the spider monkey, or hear an Asiatic lion roar its authority as it prowls restlessly in its enclosure; many fun experiences await you at the Delhi Zoo. Other unmissable stopovers are the spaces of the royal Bengal tiger, swamp deer, Indian rhinoceros, brow antlered deer etc. For birdwatchers, visiting migratory birds like storks and peafowl makes for an interesting sight.

For a thrilling experience, tourists can head to the Reptile House that hosts different varieties of lizards and snakes.

The zoo was inaugurated in 1959. It also has Conservation Breeding Programmes for species like royal Bengal tiger, Asiatic lion, swamp deer, Indian rhino etc. The best way to explore the zoo is by hiring a battery-car that takes you to all the enclosures.

The zoo also has a library, which houses a collection of books on wildlife and provides information on the history of the zoo. Visitors are not allowed to bring any kind of food other than drinking water to the premises.

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