Bangladesh National Zoo
The National Zoo is located in the Mirpur section of Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh. The Zoo contains many native and non-native animals and wildlife and hosts about three million visitors each year. The zoo attracts around 10,000 visitors every day with the number increasing during the weekends and holidays
The name of Zoo has been changed 5th February 2015 from Dhaka Zoo to Bangladesh National Zoo. The zoo was opened on June 23, 1974, the 186-acre (75 ha) after necessary construction and procurement of animals from home and abroad. Till then it has been gradually grown into a beautiful and attractive zoological garden exhibiting animals in natural settings using the modern method of keeping.
Dhaka Zoo is one of the most favorite places to the kids. Dhaka Zoo is the largest zoo in Bangladesh and is operated by the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock. The zoo is also known for its poor conditions for animals and the corruption of its officials. The yearly budget of Dhaka Zoo is Tk 37.5 million, out of which Tk 25 million is spent on feeding the animals.
The zoo is currently home to 2,150 animals from 134 species. The zoo exhibits 58 species of mammals, including elephants, cheetahs, rhinos, zebras, waterbucks, otters, hyenas, deer, giraffes, impala, black bears, tapirs, hippos, lions, many species of monkeys, chimpanzees, baboons, and Bengal tigers.
The aviaries at the zoo house more than 1500 birds representing 91 species, including peacocks, rhea, African gray parrots, cassowary, owls, ostrich, emus, teals, finches, babblers, owls, vultures, and eagles. The two lakes at the zoo also host migratory water birds each winter.
Fees per people 30 take-ups. Every Sunday closed for visitors and Open in every government holiday.
National Botanical Garden
National Botanical Garden or Bangladesh National Herbarium is the largest center for plant conservation, research, and display in Bangladesh. It’s located near the National Zoo of Bangladesh. In 1961 the garden was established around 208 acres (84 hectares) of land. It is one of the largest botanical gardens of Bangladesh. There are currently 952 species of trees in the National Botanical Garden. There is a nursery around 5 acres of Botanical garden. Plants of flowers, fruits, creepers, shrubs, etc. are cultivated in this nursery. Saplings can be bought from this nursery at the government-fixed price. Every year about 1.5 million visitors visit or spend time with nature in the National Botanical Gardens. About 60 security personnel are engaged in the security of the park. Therefore, visitors do not have to worry about security.
Fees per people 10 take-ups. Every Sunday closed for visitors and Open in every government holiday.
How to go there?
From anywhere in Dhaka easily can go to National Zoo by Bus and CNG. It’s located in Mirpur 1 of Dhaka city.
Visiting hours and Entry Fees
Summer Season (1 April – 30 September): 9 AM – 6 PM
Winter Season (1 October – 31 March): 8 AM – 5 PM