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The National Zoological Park (originally Delhi Zoo) is a 176-acre (71 ha) zoo near the Old Fort in Delhi, India.
A 16th-century citadel, a sprawling green island and a motley collection of animals and birds, all in the middle of a burgeoning urbane Delhi.
The zoo is home to about 1350 animals representing almost 130 species of animals and birds from around the world.
Currently, the director of the zoo is Shri Amitabh Agnihotri, IFS.
The zoo can be seen on foot or using a battery-operated vehicle which can be rented at the zoo.
Visitors are not permitted to bring any food other than drinking water, but there is a canteen in the zoo.
In 2014 a visitor was killed as he had fallen into the white tigers enclosure, leading to questions about visitor and animal safety at the zoo.
The Delhi zoo came decades later after New Delhi was built. although the idea to have a zoo at the national capital was mooted in 1951, the park was inaugurated in November 1959.
In 1952 the Indian Board for Wildlife created a committee to look into creating a zoo for Delhi.
The government of India was to develop the zoo and then turn it over to Delhi as a working enterprise.
In 1953 the committee approved the location of the zoo, and in October 1955 it assigned N. D. Bachkheti of the Indian Forest Service to oversee the creation of the zoo.
On 23 September 2014, a man named Maqsood, fell in white tiger's moat accidentally. The people around started throwing stones at the tiger. The man was then carried away and mauled by the enraged tiger after some minutes.
The park was opened on 1 November 1959 as the Delhi Zoo. In 1982 it was officially renamed to National Zoological Park, with hopes that it could become a model for other zoos in the country.
The zoo is part of conservation breeding programs of the Central Zoo Authority for the royal Bengal tiger, Indian rhinoceros, swamp deer, Asiatic lion, brow antlered deer, and red jungle fowl.