Bharat Ratna Pt. Govind Ballabh Pant High Altitude Zoo Nainital is the only Zoo in the newly born state of Uttarakhand. It is situated in the hills of Sher ka Danda at about 2 km. from Tallital Bus station at an elevation of 2100 m. above mean sea level and connected by motorable road, where the Mountain quail was last seen in 1876. The Zoo was established in 1984 and is spread over an area of 4.693 ha. The Zoo was opened to visitors on 1st June 1995 and is managed by "The Bharat Ratna Pandit Govind Ballabh Pant High Altitude Zoo Management Society Nainital" from 1st March 2002.
Bharat Ratna Pt. G.B. Pant High Altitude Nainital Zoo was established with the objective to conserve and protect the wild life and biodiversity of the hill region of Uttarakhand.
The main objectives of zoo are:
- Ex-situ conservation of high altitude Himalayan birds and animals which are endemic and endangered.
- Create awareness about our rich Himalayan fauna amongst general public.
- Education and extension of knowledge for management of animals in captivity.
- Facilitate research and coordinate breeding of endemic and endangered Himalayan fauna
- Rescue and rehabilitation of injured and endangered species
- Prevention and cure of major and minor diseases among animals