Sakkarbaug Zoological Gardens, Junagadh

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Zoo · Zoo / Aquarium
Sakkarbaug Zoological Garden also known as Sakkarbaug Zoo or Junagadh Zoo is a 200ha zoo that opened in 1863 at Junagadh, Gujarat, India. The zoo provides purebred Asiatic lions for the Indian and the international endangered species captive breeding program for the critically endangered species. Wild free ranging Asiatic lions have become extinct over most of Asia and are today found only in the nearby Gir Forest.
The Sakkarbaug Zoo was established in 1863 by The Babi Nawabs of Junagadh state. It is second oldest zoo of India and fourth biggest zoo in India.
In 2003 the zoo opened a natural history museum in a large hall in the veterinary hospital. The museum opened with the skeletons of two Asiatic lions, as well as panther, deer, wild boar, antelope, black buck, blue bull, and spotted deer. Eggs, beaks, and feathers of various birds were also on display. The museum will be expanded as specimens become available.
In 2008 the Sakkarbaug Zoo Management Advisory Society (initially with 10 members) was formed to develop and manage the zoo and its finances.
In 2009, Sakkarbaug Zoo became the only zoo in India to hold African cheetahs when it traded three of its lions with a Singapore zoo for two pairs of cheetahs. The last cheetah at the zoo had died over 60 years ago in 1946.
In 2011 the zoo received Indian gaur, Malabar giant squirrels, marmosets and green pheasants from Mysore Zoo in exchange for a pair of Asian lions. At this time, the zoo claimed to have 40 lions and lionesses in their genetic pool.
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  • A must visit place for kids which has a great variety of birds, animals Don’t miss the lion, Royal Bengal tiger which are a must to see if u are around. Regards Tarun Anil Samvedi Virar, Mumbai  more »
  • Wide species of animals, birds and fishes. Main attraction is Geer Lion, Hippo, Wild Bedfellow, Wolf, Leopard etc.  more »
  • Its good place for animal lover and photo lover. In this zoo you can see different types of animal, bird and fishes. Here also available safari park, in these you can enjoy ride in bus. Its good places to visit with family.
  • Great place for children to know animal and birds also.we all visiting this place.we are over 50 student and 8 teacher are going to this place.we knew it was great time with real animals and also how they take food and drinks from there trainers. The trainers are so kind and they treat them like children. They give them on time food and water for drinks. They give us proper knowledge of every single animals and there habits. They give us knowledge of there likes and dislikes of animals. They also give him real Forest nature for them.
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