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Government Of Assam Environment & Forest Principal Chief Conservator of Forest & Head of Forest Force

Assam State Zoo cum Botanical Garden

  • Our Mission Statement

    Apart from being the region's premier zoo and ex-situ conservation centre, we aim to offer quality services and facilities in rescue and rehabilitation of wild animals, nature awareness, interpretation and responsible nature-tourism. We shall continue to act as a repository of wild bio-diversity and a green lung for the city of Guwahati. We shall also strive to make Assam State Zoo Cum Botanical Garden the best and complete recreational and educational destination in the whole of North-east India.


    • Established in 1957.
    • The largest zoo in North-eastern India.
    • Nodal centre of ex-situ conservation and a host of awareness and outreach activities.
    • "Green lung" for the ever-growing city of Guwahati.


    Location, Area & Topography

    • Located in the heart of Guwahati city, capital of the state of Assam, N.E. India.
    • Laid out among the gently undulating Hengerabari hillocks(60-200 MSL).
    • Occupies an area of 1.75 sq.km of which c.110 h.a is natural forest.
    • Natural vista with landscaped gardens, large enclosures and perennial water bodies.


    Guide map of ASZBG

    The Highlights

    • Animal Exhibits
    • Museum
    • Reptile House
    • Botanical Garden
    • Herbarium Collection
    • Natural Forest


    Animal Exhibits: A Summary

    • Mammals - 639 , Reptiles - 142, Birds - 389
    • Around 84 species
    • Many rare and endangered species
    • Several indigenous species endemic to North-East India


    N.E. Indian Species

    • Hoolock Gibbon
    • One-horned Rhinoceros
    • Golden Langur
    • Stump-tailed Macaque
    • Pig-tailed Macaque
    • Slow Loris
    • Sangai
    • Clouded Leopard
    • Golden Cat
    • Binturong
    • Mithun
    • Serow
    • Brush-tailed Porcupine
    • Crestless Porcupine


    Exotic Species

    1. Giraffe
    2. Hippopotamus
    3. Lion (Hybrid)
    4. African White Rhino


    Bird Exhibits

    • Cassowary
    • Silver Pheasant
    • Parakeets
    • Cinereous Vulture
    • Steppe Eagle
    • Hill Myna
    • Adjutant Stork
    • Painted Stork
    • Purple Moorhen
    • Bar-headed Geese
    • White Ibis
    • Painted Stork
    • Sarus Crane
    • Macaw
    • Rosy Pelican


    Reptile Exhibits

    • Monocellate Cobra
    • Rat Snake
    • Copper-headed Trinket
    • Common Sand Boa
    • Red Sand Boa
    • Python
    • Common Monitor
    • Tokay Gecko


    The Museum

    • Rare collection of stuffed specimens of N.E. endemics.
    • Comprehensive agglomeration of minor forest produce.
    • Bamboo and cane artifacts and handicrafts.
    • Fossilised wood specimen.
    • One of the largest mounted specimen of Gharial.
    • Exquisite hand paintings of birds on Ficus leaves.


    The Herbarium Section

    • An invaluable repository of taxonomic information.
    • 2000 immaculately mounted and carefully preserved sheets.
    • Covers 550 species belonging to 106 families, mostly indigenous.
    • Open to serious students and interested amateurs for study.
    • The Botanist, ASZBG provides guidance and technical information to interested visitors.


    Campus Bio-Diversity

    • Flora : 345 species of plants
    • Mammals : 17 species (inclusive of free-ranging species)
    • Birds : 154 species
    • Herpetofauna : 30 species
    • Butterfiles : 105 species
    • Other insects : > 100 species


    The Herbarium Section

    • One of the finest botanical gardens in N.E India.
    • 345 number of indigenous species.
    • 280 species of exotic plants.
    • Name plates for all striking species.
    • Several rare and endangered plants like pitcher plant, doum palm, ladie’s slipper orchid etc.


    A Floral Treasure

    • Native species : 345
    • Exotic species : 280
    • Orchid species : 40
    • Bamboo species : 10
    • Palm species : 12


    Other Attractions

    • Animal adoption
    • Animal tales
    • Energy high
    • Jogger’s trail
    • Jumbo Ride
    • Towering Heights


    Visitor Amenities

    • Juice stalls
    • Resting shelters
    • Signage's
    • Pointers
    • Drinking water
    • Toilet facility
    • Waste Bins


    Visitor Statistics

    • On an average, 55 lakhs people visit the zoo annually.
    • The revenue earned is about Rupees 5 lakhs.

    Striving for Constant Improvement

    • Exciting exchange programmes with national and international zoos.
    • Latest veterinary facility aims to be the best in the region.
    • Renovation, general face-lift and landscaping.
    • Several new enclosures under construction.
    • Corporate involvement in zoo upkeep.
    • Regular refresher and training programmes for the zoo staff and the staff of the zoos of the N.E region conducted.
    • Education, Interpretation and awareness material prepared.
    • Continues to be involved in rescue of wild animals stranded in the city.


    Looking Forward to a Bright Future

    • Upcoming bambusetum and germplasm centre, will be a unique venture.
    • The zoo layout and enclosure design will be completed according to the CZA master plan.
    • Continued involvement of corporate sector.
    • Comprehensive documentation of the wild bio-diversity shall be completed.
    • Self-guided nature trails to be operational.
    • A multi-media kit on campus bio-diversity under preparation.