A Guide to Karachi Zoo

The Karachi Zoo also known as Karachi Zoological and Botanical Gardens, formerly known as Gandhi Garden, is located in Garden West, Karachi,

Karachi, the largest and most vibrant metropolitan city in Pakistan, is widely known for its distinctive culture, a large number of tourist spots, and delicious food options. One of the most-visited places in Karachi is the famous Karachi Zoo.
In this blog, Graana.com has provided all the details you need to know about the Karachi Zoo before you plan your visit.


Overview of Karachi Zoo

The following is some general information about the place:

  • This zoo was established in 1893 and was once known as Gandhi Garden.
  • In addition to a zoo, it features a number of botanical gardens.
  • There is an impressive collection of unique birds here, which are from Pakistan as well as other parts of the world.
  • A specified area of the lake there serves as a natural habitat for alligators and crocodiles, while another section of the same lake is home to several types of waterfowl, such as ducks, geese, and swans.
  • There are over a dozen distinct reptile species on display in the Reptile House, which requires a separate ticket to enter. These reptiles include lizards, snakes, tortoises, and even some tiny crocodiles.
  • There is also a Natural History Museum, which requires a separate admission fee. It exhibits a number of preserved creatures, some of which are in danger of becoming extinct in Pakistan as a result of excessive hunting and poaching.
  • One of the most popular sections of the zoo is the Mughal Garden. It has a variety of flowers and plants, and intricately-designed fountains have been built throughout the area.
  • There are a number of professional photographers present at the zoo who are available to take pictures of you.
  • They are developed within a short amount of time and for a relatively low cost.
  • Both children and adults also have the option to take a ride on a horse or an elephant at the zoo.
  • In addition, there is a children’s playland and amusement park there, with various rides and activities.


History of Karachi Zoo


Karachi zoo is the perfect place to spend time with family


When it opened its gates in the year 1878, the Karachi Zoo was more commonly referred to as the “Mahatma Gandhi Garden”. The British Indian government had handed over control of the zoo to the local municipality earlier in 1861.

In 1878, the town established the zoo as a trust so that it could be developed further using funds that are contributed by the public. After some time, in 1881, the zoo was reopened to the general public. After Pakistan gained independence in 1947, the park’s name was changed to the Karachi Zoological Gardens, more often referred to as the Karachi Zoo.
In 1953, the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation hired a skilled veterinary doctor and a zoo keeper for the zoo. From 1991 to 1992, the City District Government Karachi (CDGK) was given the responsibility of renovating the Natural History Museum.

The Japanese Princess served as the guest of honour at the reopening ceremony of the Natural History Museum in the year 1992. In 2008, there were around 240 people working at the Karachi Zoo across all departments.

Major Attractions at Karachi Zoo

The following list includes some of the major attractions at the Karachi Zoo.

Elephant House


Elephants are one of the most visited animals at the Zoo


The Elephant House is the most-visited exhibit at the zoo. A few notable events took place here, including the death of an Asian elephant named Anarkali (who was aged 65 years) on 19th July, 2006.

The zoo also received its first female African bush elephants on May 16, 2010, after acquiring them from Karachi Safari Park. Both were given the names ‘Noor Jahan’ and ‘Madhu Bala’ respectively at the time of their birth in Tanzania in 2007.


Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum in Karachi Zoo is one of the most well-known museums in Karachi. It went through extensive renovation work in 1992.

In addition to preserved creatures, the museum also displays skins, antlers, horns, feathers, and so on. Students of zoology make use of the facility for the purpose of research as well as education.


Reptile House

In 1992, the Reptile House underwent major expansion and renovation work. It is one of the few places in Pakistan that is dedicated to housing reptiles.

There are a total of thirteen different species of snakes and lizards. Crocodiles and crocodile hatchlings are also on display.


Veterinary Hospital

The Veterinary Hospital of the Karachi Zoo first opened its doors in 1998, and it has cutting-edge diagnostic equipment.

In addition to multiple sick bays, a laboratory, and an incubation room, the facility features an operating theatre that is fully equipped with X-ray and ultrasound machines.


Mughal Garden


Karachi Zoological & Botanical Garden is one of the most visited place in karachi


The lush lawns and seasonal plants featured in the Mughal Garden are complemented by several fountains that have especially been designed according to the Mughal architecture.

The garden was constructed in 1970 and is well-known for the many different types of roses and other flowers that are grown here.


White Lions

White lions, who were acquired by the zoo in 2012 and are an extremely popular attraction, are currently taking part in a breeding programme.


Timings of Karachi Zoo

You can visit the Karachi Zoo anytime between 8:00 AM and 8:00 PM. However, it should be noted that Wednesdays are reserved for children and women only.


Ticket Price

The ticket price for each person is Rs. 30.


Bottom Line

The Karachi Zoo is quite an appealing place to visit, for both children and young adults. A large number of schools have even arranged school trips here over the years to provide an educational yet fun-filled experience to the students.

They get to learn about different kinds of animals and their habitat. It is also a popular place for spending a day with your family.

The area is well-kept, there are plenty of exhibits to enjoy, and you can catch a break in-between by lazing around in the gardens. There are also several food vendors available here, so you can grab some snacks as well.

For more guides on popular tourist spots in Karachi, visit the Graana blog.

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