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Kanpur Zoo


Kanpur Zoo is also called the Allen Forest Zoo, It is a 77-hectare (190-acre) zoo in Kanpur, the industrial centre of Uttar Pradesh in North India. It is the largest open green area in Kanpur. Originally a natural environment for fauna, it is one of the few zoos in India built in a natural forest.


The Zoo in Kanpur, (known as the Manchester of Asia in the British colonial period) was the brainchild of a botanist Sir Allen, a member of the British-Indian Civil Service. Sir Allen wanted to open the zoological park in a natural forest, but his plans were held 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 Sir Allen.

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Type of Place

  • Park
  • Zoo

Prefered For

  • Couples
  • Family
  • Friends
  • Kids
  • Senior Citizen


  • Kanpur Airport
  • Kanpur Railway Station

Important Information

  • Timing- 8:00AM to 5:00PM Monday closed
  • Vehicles are permitted inside the zoo, but there is an extra charge for this. Polythene bags and plastic water bottles are banned inside the park. Although photography is allowed, the zoo warns visitors from feeding animals except in designated areas.


  • The zoo holds a veterinary hospital that treats up to 1,400 animals at a time, including jaguars,hyenas, and elephants that are brought into the zoo, usually after bad collisions with humans.
  • Botanical garden
  • Lake
  • Aviary
  • Night house
  • Aquarium
  • Life size dinosaur sculptures

Things to Buy

  • Stone Carved Curios Indic Literature Wooden Toys Bangles and other Accessories

Things to Eat

  • Thaggu Ke Laddu Dry Fruit Laddoo Doodh Peda Churma Laddoo Panjeeri Laddoo Badnam Kulfi

Things to enjoy

  • Toy train - One can enjoy Toy train inside the zoo.