Nepal Central Zoo Opened for Visitors After Nine-Month Hiatus
After a hiatus of nine months due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Lalitpur-based Central Zoo has been reopened on Thursday by adopting necessary health protocols.
“The Central Zoo has been reopened by adopting strict health safety measures since there is still a risk of COVID-19,” said Chiranjibi Pokharel, the Zoo Management Chief.
Moreover, the zoo management has introduced online ticket booking to prevent the risk of coronavirus infection.
Zoo Entry Fee Details:
- Foreign visitors – NPR 750
- Visitors from SAARC countries – NPR 500
- Nepali nationals – NPR 150
- Nepali students and senior citizens – NPR 90
According to Pokharel, the new zoo rules are as follows:
- Visitors must wear face masks
- Visitors should leave the zoo within two and a half hours
- No eatables are allowed inside the zoo
- Only 800 visitors are allowed per day
- Children are not allowed to play at fun parks in the zoo
- Zoo will be opened from 10 AM to 5 PM
The zoo consists of around 1,068 animals of 110 species. Among them, 33 are mammals, eight are amphibians, and 17 others are fishes of different species. Tigers, bears, leopards, and red pandas are the main attraction of the zoo.
The zoo records as many as 1.1 million visitors per year and earns up to NPR 150 to 160 million through the sale of tickets.