The first zoological park in Sikkim, the Himalayan Zoological Park is sprawled across an area of 205 hectare, over a mountainous terrain. With the majestic Mt Khangchendzonga in the backdrop, the park lying at a height of about 1,780 m, is home to animals like the Himalayan Monal pheasant, Himalayan red panda, snow leopard, goral, Himalayan palm civet, Himalayan black bear, crimson-horned pheasant and many more. Popular crowd-drawers are the cute red pandas. One can roam around the park in private vehicles, or even walk along designated trails that run through it. The animals move about in the open and are not caged, thus giving visitors the opportunity to observe these precious creatures in their natural habitat. The best time to visit here is from February to May and from September to December. The park was established in 1991, to provide a natural home and an area of preservation for all these species. It is maintained by the Forests, Environment & Wildlife Management Department, which is a division of the Government of Sikkim.

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