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Allen Forest Zoo, Kanpur
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Kanpur Zoo is a 77ha zoo in Kanpur, the industrial hub of Uttar Pradesh in North India. It is the largest open green space in Kanpur. Originally a natural habitat for fauna, it is one of the few zoos in India created in a natural forest.Location and hoursThe Allen Forest Zoo is located about two kilometers from the city’s center. In earlier colonial records, it is mentioned as being close to Nawabganj, a locality in Kanpur. The zoo is an oasis of green, featuring a natural lake and ancient trees, and encompasses the largest land area of any zoological garden in Asia.The zoo is open for visitors on all days from 9 am to 4:30 pm, except on Mondays. Given its vast size, private four-wheeler vehicles are not allowed inside of the zoo. Two Electric cars are available on payment of rs.30 per person or rs. 210 for a 50 mins ride. Plastic bags are strictly banned inside of the zoo, and water is provided in coolers instead of in plastic bottles. Water, snacks and ice cream is available in plenty.HistoryThe Zoological Park in Kanpur,, was the brainchild of a botanist Sir Allen, a member of the British Indian Civil Service. Sir Allen wanted to open the zoo in a natural forest, but his plans were stuck in bureaucratic red-tape and did not materialize. When the zoo at last opened in 1971 by the government of independent India, it was named after him.Allen forest was developed during the British rule between the years 1913-1918 by George Burney Allen, a famous British industrialist of Kanpur on the banks of the river Ganges. The zoo was constructed from 1971-1973. The first animal to arrive at the zoo was an otter caught by a fisherman from the Chambal River.
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  • a well maintained natural habitat for animals.....this zoo is one of the best zoo's I've seen in india. a good variety of animals.... you can simply drive around in your car and are greeted by monkeys...  more »
  • The Allen zoo was a great attraction in the 90s. It needs to be renovated and upgraded to attract tourists. As a child, I had visited here a lot. Good place for a 0ne-day picnic. 
  • Kanpur Zoo is very well maintained and clean zoo i have seen. A very big zoo area wise and lots of animal and some rare animals are kept there includes white tiger. very much recommended if you are in...  more »
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  • One of the largest natural forests around houses this zoo. Wonderful place to visit. No cars are allowed inside anymore. They do have a train and electric car tours now.
  • People who likes to visit zoo' s can visit this zoo since it's worth visiting . Kanpur has very less places to visit among those it is the best one. It is very big one . It has toy train and small 3 wheeler also so that people who could not walk can avail any of the above . We can get eatables also inside so no need to carry any while going. It contains bird , animal , aquarium , reptiles etc ., attractions . It takes at least more than a half day to watch the whole zoo .
  • Great place to hang out with friends and family. during summer avoid to go as it can be too hot. during winter and spring it is lit. carry food and water bottles with you.
  • All new rennovated Zoo...superb. After a gap of 15 years, revisited Zoo and it is all very refreshing in new avtar.
  • Bhai. Kya zoo hai. Bengal tiger,, babbar Sher,, and toy train is great