Public should view the zoo as:
A scientific institution engaged in animal welfare and conservation of wildlife.
A centre of knowledge on effective techniques for maintaining healthy ambience and pollution free environment.
An institute of excellence in conservation breeding.
An institution engaged in conservation education.
MISSION OF THE ZOO
Develop amongst visitors empathy towards wild - animals and motivate them to support the cause of conservation of wildlife.
Develop amongst the visitors an understanding about the ecological linkages with the life supporting processes of nature and living in harmony with nature.
Assisting the national efforts for conservation of the Western Himalayan eco-system by ex-situ conservation breeding of its endangered fauna, conservation education and research to augment these conservation initiatives.
STRATEGY OF THE ZOO
Maintaining the existing animal collection plan and further enrich it as and when required .
Maintaining the existing infrastructure and facilities in the zoo and further upgrade them with construction of modern toilets, attractive walking trails and landscaping.
Up gradation of interpretation centre to help visitors in developing awareness, understanding, appreciation of the area being visited and enrich their experience .
Capacity building of the zoo staff and ensuring adequate strength.
Providing veterinary facilities to the present and future livestock on a regular basis.
To sensitize people towards the needs of wild life conservation and create in them empathy towards wildlife.
Ex-situ conservation of Endangered Western Himalayan species and displaying representative species of fauna of state in natural habitat.
Initiating applied research on animal biology, behaviour and health care.
Educating the visitors about the rare and threatened species of fauna and flora of the state, reasons for the decline in number of these species and the measures that are essential to safeguard these species from the extinction.
Up gradation of an interpretation centre along with museum to create awareness in people about nature conservation.
Making a long term re-habilitation programme after thorough study of the various habitats of the musk deer and Brown Brown Bear after completion of proper codal formalities.
The altitude of the Nature Park varies from 2,350 m to 2,730 m above mean sea level.
The major component of flora is formed by majestic coniferous tree Deodar along with its natural coniferous associates like Blue Pine, Fir, and Spruce and broad leaved associates like Moru and Kharsu oaks. Scattered trees of Horse-chestnut, Bird Cherry are also found in the Park. Among the shrubs the most common are Sarcococa saligna, Daphne papyracea, Skimmia laureola, Myrsine africana, Viola spp and Valeriana jatamansi form the herbaceous growth, whereas Hedera, Vitis, Clematis etc are the main climbers of the area. High altitude Bamboo, locally known as ‘Nirgal’ also occurs in the park.
Free living species of the zoo includes monkeys, mongoose, snakes, lizards, frogs, mouse and many species of birds.
Climate of the Himalayan Nature Park is temperate with pleasant summers and very cold winters characterized by heavy snow fall. In winters area experiences heavy snowfall from December to February and frost is frequent. Snowfall sometimes extends up to March. The temperature varies between 00C to 210C
Annual rainfall is around 1350 mm of which about 60% is received during monsoons i.e. July to September.
The seasons are well marked into summer (April - June), monsoon (July-Sept.) and winter (Oct. - March) including a brief spell of autumn
Where to Stay :
Accommodation is available in Yak Kutir, a Forest Rest House situated near the park. Private hotels are also available in Kufri and Shimla.