Posted: 10 August 2021
The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) is pleased to welcome Nawab Wajid Ali Shah Zoological Garden, Lucknow to the global zoo and aquarium community as a new Institutional Member.
The Nawab Wajid Ali Shah Zoological Garden, Lucknow, also known as the Lucknow Zoological Gardens, was established one hundred years ago to commemorate the arrival of the Prince of Wales to Lucknow, India. Since 1966, the Zoo has been under the administrative control of the Forest Department.
Spread over 29 hectares in the heart of the city, the Zoo is home to over 1,000 animals of more than 100 different species, as well as over 5,000 trees and plants, some older than the Zoo itself. In 2018, it opened the first butterfly park in the state. More than 80 species of plants and about 28 types of butterflies are found in more than two hectares. The Zoo also has a state-of-the-art animal hospital equipped for the treatment and care of rescued wild animals.
Lucknow Zoological Gardens was established with the primary objective of education, research and conservation of indigenous endangered species. With more than 1.5 million visitors each year, the Zoo is committed to raising awareness among its visitors of the importance of all animals and plants for the environment. In 2017, the Zoo opened the Nature Learning Centre.
A true national pioneer, it is the only Zoo in India to have received three ISO certificates simultaneously since April 2018.
“We are delighted to expand our global community by welcoming the Nawab Wajid Ali Shah Zoological Garden, Lucknow as a new WAZA Institutional member,” said Dr Martín Zordan, Chief Executive Officer of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA). “As a global community committed to high standards of animal welfare and conserving biodiversity, we are able to further increase our impact by having more like-minded organisations like the Lucknow Zoological Gardens joining us.”
“Support from WAZA will help in our conservation efforts and provide care to the many habitants and endangered species. We can develop new strategies and policies for future development of the zoo,” said Nawab Wajid Ali Shah Zoological Garden Director, R.K Singh.
The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) is the global alliance of regional associations, national federations, zoos and aquariums, dedicated to the care and conservation of animals and their habitats around the world.