The Darjeeling Zoo or the Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park was on 1 November 2014 selected for the prestigious International Award The Earth Heroes Award 2014.
It has become the 1st zoo in India. It has competed with 300 zoos across the world.Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park is largest high altitude zoo of India. It is located in West Bengal.
The Earth Heroes award is annually awarded by the Royal Bank of Scotland in collaboration with the Government of United Kingdom.
Darjeeling Zoo was established in 1958 and has played a key and proactive role in promoting the conservation and preservation of Himalayan fauna and flora.
Darjeeling Zoo is one of the very few places on earth that has successfully bred some of the rarest animals in the world including the majestic Snow Leopards, the Tibetan Wolf and the cute Red Pandas.
Darjeeling Zoo ranks as one of the foremost centers for conservation of endangered animals not only in India, but across the world. The zoological park falls under the category of small zoos according to Central Zoo Authority’s classification but is the largest high altitude zoo in the country.
It is also well-known for its efforts in educating, motivating and initiating awareness campaign among people as well as visitors about the importance of conservation of Himalayan eco-system.
About Earth Heroes Award
Earth Heroes Awards are instituted by Royal Bank of Scotland in association with World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) in 2011.
RBS Earth Heroes awards recognised and honours individuals and institutions who work exceptionally hard to preserve and protect critical eco-system.
Where: West Bengal
When: 1 November 2014
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