The central zoo is the only one Zoo in Nepal situated at Jawalakhel. It was established in 1932 and opened to the public in 1956. Over the years management of the Zoo was under various government departments and was formally handed over on 29th December 1995 to the King Mahendra Trust for Nature Conservation for 30 years

The Central Zoo covers an area of six hectors. It houses over 800 animals of 126 species. Among these 30 mammals, 66 birds and 8 reptiles and 22 fishes species. The central Zoo exhibits 13 out of 38 endangered animal species of Nepal. There is a beautiful pond built in the 17th century. Under the Zoo animal welfare scheme, the Zoo has already started an animal sponsorship program since 1997. Friends of the Zoo (FOZ) are a membership based conservation education program of the central Zoo.

in Jawalakhel is a pleasant diversion after a tour of the cultural sights. It contains about 106 species of birds and over 665 different animals. There is also a pond where you can go boating. Open daily except Mondays from 10 am to 5 pm. Entrance for foreign visitors costs Rs. 60 (Rs. 25 for children under 10). Elephant ride costs Rs. 100 (Tel: 528324).

The Zoo is located in Jawalakhel. In the zoo are many animals, birds, and reptiles, mostly representing the Himalayan fauna. It is the only zoo in Nepal. Inside is a pond built by King Siddhi Narsingh Malla. It is open daily from 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

The Zoo has improved a lot over the years and contains fine samples of Himalayan animal species. Tourists who may have problems seeing the one-horned rhino and the Royal Bengal tiger in the wild will have no problems observing them close-up at the Jawalakhel Zoo. The Zoo is managed by the king Mahendra Trust for Nature Conservation.

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