Mahendra Chaudhary Zoological Park

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Chhatbir Zoo
Mahendra Chaudhary Zoological Park
Chhatbir Zoo, Chandigarh.jpeg
Date opened1977[1]
LocationChhat Village, Zirakpur, Punjab, India
Coordinates30°36′13″N 76°47′34″E / 30.6036°N 76.7928°E / 30.6036; 76.7928Coordinates: 30°36′13″N 76°47′34″E / 30.6036°N 76.7928°E / 30.6036; 76.7928
Major exhibitsLion Safari

Chhatbir Zoo (formally Mahendra Chaudhary Zoological Park), is a zoological park situated close to Zirakpur, India. The zoo was constructed in the 1970s and is home to a large variety of birds, mammals and reptiles.


The zoo was inaugurated on 13 April 1977 by the then governor of Punjab Mahendra Mohan Choudhury and it was christened as Mahendra Chaudhury Zoological Park. Initially the zoo was populated by a small number of animals brought from Guwahati Zoo, Assam and it soon became the largest zoo in Northern punjab India .[3]


Lying on the Chandigarh-Zirakpur-Patiala route, this zoo is located about 20 km away from Chandigarh.[3]

List of species[edit]

The zoo is home to 369 mammals, 400 birds and 20 reptiles.[3]

Non-exhaustive list:

Tiger enclosure
Herd of Asian elephants
Blue bull enclosure
Aviary at the Zoo

In addition to this, there are various species of birds, including peacocks, cranes, geese, ducks, parrots, sparrows, nocturnal owls and bats; and various sub-species of deer, cat and monkey.

Walk-in Aviary[edit]

Chattbir has India's longest walk-in aviary with 300m long walk showcases 32 species of indigenous and exotic birds.[4] The section is made in five different themes included Terrestrial, Rock & Duck, Woodland, Japanese Trail and Rainforest.


  1. ^ "List of Zoos in India, from 1800 until now". Kuchbhi. Archived from the original on 21 October 2011. Retrieved 4 July 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. ^ "CZA Recognition". Retrieved 22 April 2017.
  3. ^ a b c "Department of Forests & Wildlife Preservation, Punjab". Retrieved 20 April 2017.
  4. ^ India’s longest tour with birds in Chhatbir

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