This is the only specialized Zoo in the country and is internationally recognized for its conservation breeding programs of Red Panda, Snow Leopards, Tibetan Wolf and other highly endangered animal species of Eastern Himalaya. The zoo was opened in 1958, in Darjeeling (West Bengal) and an average elevation of 7,000 feet (2,134 m), is the largest high altitude zoo in India.
Himalayan goral (Naemorhedus goral Hardwicke) NEAR THREATENED
Himalayan Thar (Hemitragus jemlahicuse) NEAR THREATENED
Markhor (Capra falconeri) Endangered
Snow leopard (Panthera uncia) Endangered
Conservation breeding of Snow Leopard at Darjeeling Zoo :
Himalayan wolf (Canis lupus himalayensis) Critically Endangered
Red panda (Ailurus fulgens fulgens) Endangered 2004 IUCN
Conservation breeding of Red Panda at Darjeeling Zoo :In India, Red Panda (Ailurus fulgens; Family: Ailuridae) is available in natural condition in the Eastern Himalayan region in Darjeeling district of West Bengal and adjoining areas of Sikkim and Assam. It is also highly endangered and the habitat is also very highly restricted. The population continues to decline due to loss and fragmentation of habitat, poaching and inbreeding depression. To increase the gene pool and avoid inbreeding, a male specimen was brought from Rotterdam Zoo in 1983. Conservation breeding of Red Panda was initiated at Darjeeling Zoo in 1989 as a part of Global Captive Breeding Master Plan. First successful breeding of Red Panda at Darjeeling zoo took place in 1994 and as a result of which 2 cubs were born. Two males and one female came from Europe for infusion of new blood in the breeding population. Three more individuals were added between 1994 and 1996. Since then till 2008, 40 cubs were born at Darjeeling Zoo.