A zoo is a place where various birds, animals and reptiles are kept. A zoo does not contain ordinary birds and animals which we usually see in our villages and towns. It contains those birds and animals which we cannot generally see. Most of them live in forests. Some of them are brought from other countries also, as they are not found in our country. A visit to a zoo is a pleasure. It is informative and educative too. Zoos are there in almost all the big cities. We have zoos in Delhi, Calcutta, Bombay, Madras, Mysore and also in Hyderabad. The zoo at Hyderabad is named as Nehru Zoological Park.
Many people, young an old, boys and girls, from villages and cities visit this zoo. It is located on the outskirts of Hyderabad in an extensive area under the Mir Alam tank. Entrance to the zoo is by tickets. It is open from 10 a.m. onwards. There are separate enclosures for birds, animals and reptiles. Tigers and lions have separate well protected enclosures. After entering the zoo which has a beautiful garden in its front, one comes across the enclosures meant for birds. One can see there different kinds of parrots, pigeons, peacocks and other birds of different colors and from different countries. One can also see the ostrich, a bird which cannot fly. It is an African bird.
In the next enclosure deer of all kinds, including black bucks, a rare Indian variety, are kept. Then one goes to the enclosure of elephants and camels. Elephants are very huge animals. Camels are the ugliest. Children can have joy rides on elephants and camels. Then one moves on to the artificial lake where crocodiles are kept. Next is the enclosure kept for zebras and bears. Giraffe is an attraction for children.
Next comes the tiger enclosure. There are Indian tigers, brown in color, with black stripes. There are also two white tigers which are a rare variety. There are a few leopards and cheetahs also. The Nehru Zoological Park has a separate enclosure for lions where they can be seen roaming freely. One can go in a closed safari park van and have a close look at them.
There are canteens to take lunch and benches to take rest under the green woods. On the other side one can see different kinds of monkeys, chimpanzees and guerrillas which are man's ancestors. Then comes the reptile section where different kinds of snakes are kept. There is a separate enclosure for animals and reptiles which move during nights. The enclosure is dark and has dim light. One can see the nocturnal creatures moving about in darkness. There is a train to take one on ride all around the zoo.
When one leaves the zoo in the evening, he leaves it with pleasant memories of birds, animals and reptiles which are also creations of God and which have a right to live with us in this wonderful world. Man owes a duty to protect all the creatures of God as he protects himself. A visit to a zoo - isn't it informative and educative !