Chhatbir zoo is located in a calm and spacious forest in the Zirakpur region. The first proposal to establish a Zoological Park at Chhatbir was mooted in the year 1973. The State Government then decided to constitute committees at various levels so as to secure cooperation, assistance, expert advice, and provide coordination which was vital for the establishment of such an important project. A state-level advisory council headed by Shri M. M. Chaudhary, the then Honorable Governor of Punjab was formed on 7th January 1974 to evolve policies, and broad strategies and decide on the overall plan of this Zoological Park.
Main attractions of the Chhat Bir Zoo :
Chhatbir Zoo has an interesting and magnificent drive-in Wildlife Safari facility. Visitors who opted to purchase the Safari Vehicle tickets will be taken for a ride inside the Lion Safari and Deer Safari of the Zoo. During this half an hour journey, the vehicle will take the visitors inside a natural forest area where kings of the jungle roam freely. After completing the Asiatic lion safari, the same safari vehicle takes you to Deer Safari where herds of different species of wild deer are naturally living. Visitors get the opportunity to get the thrill of watching freely roaming majestic carnivores and beautiful families of Herbivores in a single package.
CHHATBIR BIRD PARK
Chhatbir Bird Park is the longest and Largest Walk-in-Aviary in India and the most attractive and sought-after facility of Chhatbir Zoo. Visitors with Zoo entry tickets are allowed in the Walk-in-Aviary free of cost. Bird Park has seven different thematic habitat-based architectures with around 60 different species of birds in the terrestrial, and aquatic Ecosystems of North India, the steamy rainforest of South India, and the Exotic birds of the Amazon and Australian Forests. Visitors can take a safe and interesting walk for around 30 minutes inside a protected walkway. Visitors get the thrilling opportunity to watch Birds of all sizes and colors flying naturally in natural habitats.
The zoo houses various nocturnal animals in one nocturnal house where the nocturnal ambiance has been created to exhibit the proper behavior of nocturnal species. Presently it houses 6 species in its collection.
The zoo has a separate Reptile House to showcase the reptile species. At present, it has 6 species on its display. Like Python, Cobra, Rat Snake, Yellow Monitor Lizard, Common Monitor Lizard & Checkered Keelback.
Dinosaur Park is one of its kind and it will cope with the international standard of zoo education to understand fascinating prehistoric dinosaurs, Chhatbir zoo in collaboration with the Altrview group on PPP mode developed a dinosaur park in which real size, looks alive, and interactive robotic models of dinosaurs exhibited. This park is providing actual and scientific information about the dinosaurs. Chhatbir Zoo Dinosaurs Park was developed as a very interactive and entertaining zoo education activity that will provide very useful scientific awareness in a very interesting way to the Public.
The smooth-coated otter (Lutrogale perspicillata) is a very active and playful animal. Chhatbir zoo created a new naturalistic exhibit for this species. The waterbody of the exhibit is created with a see-through-glass facility so the visitors can enjoy the playful underwater movements of the otters. This wonderful facility has been dedicated to this precious species of the Beas river system of the state.
ZOO TIMINGS – 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Tariff for Children below 3 Years/Differently Abled/Authorized Media Personnel – Free
Children (3 to 12 years) – Rs. 50/- Per Head
Adult (Above 12 years) – Rs. 100/- Per Head