Assam State Zoo, Guwahati: Also called the Guwahati Zoo, the Assam State Zoo and Botanical Gardens is a 175-hectare reserved forest and the largest Zoo in the Northeastern India. Guwahati Zoo is located at 6º9"30 N to 26º10"13 N and 91º47"01 E to 91º48"30 E - in the middle of the city of Guwahati - 8 kms from Guwahati railway Station and 25 kms from Guwahati Airport.
At the time of the establishment of the Guwahati Zoo, there were just 42 animals and 236 birds in the Menagerie. The Zoo currently is home to 900 animals, birds and reptile belonging to 113 species such as the Great Indian One-Horned Rhino, White Tigers, Chimpanzees, Giraffes, Puma, Jaguar, Llama, Zebras, Ostriches, Clouded Leopard, Swamp Tapirs, Hoolock Gibbon, Slow Loris, Golden Langur, Binturong, Brow-antlered Deers, Serow, small cats etc. Kangaroos were imported from Australia and are now native to the Guwahati Zoo. The Zoo has launched an Animal Adoption Scheme which means you could pay for the feeding and healthcare expenditure of the animal you adopt in this Zoo.
Guwahati Zoo also has 173 species of endemic and exotic birds, 227 species of butterflies, 153 species of insects, and 622 species of flora.
The botanical garden within the zoo was established in 1982. Spreading over an area of 82 hectares, the garden houses various types of palm, shrub, herbs, conifers and broad leaved plants. It also contains an orchid house packed with 44 varieties of rare orchids of the North East region. This consists of 277 different species of birds, 358 species of reptiles and 37 species of different mammals.
Assam State Zoo and Botanical Gardens are fully-equipped with a Museum, Library, Guide-maps, restaurant, drinking water kiosks, first-aid, and toilets.