Mini Zoo Bhiwani lies between N 28° 19’ to 29° 5’ latitude and E 75° 28’ E to 76° 28’ longitude. It is established with a view to achieve conservation education and awareness generation among people and to develop a healthy relationship between animals and human beings.
Mini Zoo Bhiwani is situated on the City Railway station road and opposite Mini Secretariat Bhiwani within the municipal limits of Bhiwani town which is 2 Km. away from Bhiwani Railway station and 4 Km. away from Bhiwani Bus stand. The zoo is well connected by road and train with Delhi, Chandigarh, Jaipur and other important cities.
State Government had earlier decided to close down the zoo, however, with the keen interest of Mrs. Kiran Choudhry the then Minister of Forests, Haryana, the zoo was revived by Central Zoo Authority, New Delhi in September, 2006. As a Part of modernization and providing best facilities to the animals in this zoo, a number of works are being carried out. These include construction of toe wall and cemented flooring of Hippo enclosure, tile flooring of paths, construction of three number of bird aviaries, construction of post mortem room, one treatment room and construction of leopard, Tiger, Gharial and Fox enclosures etc.
The entire deer park has been fenced with chain link and climbers like Railway Glory, Rangoon glory and Trumpet flower planted at a close spacing near the fence besides Ashoka trees. A number of fodder and fruits trees like Jandi, Mulberry, Barh and Pilkhan also has been planted in the park with a view to provide a feel of natural environment to the animals.
The foundation stone of renovation and expansion of Bhiwani Zoo was laid on 15th November, 2006 by Ch. Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Haryana.
As per the provision laid down in the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 (amended), it is mandatory to obtain permission for setting up zoo from Central Zoo Authority, Govt. of India. Accordingly the permission was sought and the zoo was accorded the status of Mini Zoo (small category zoo) on 14th August, 2008.
Controlling authority of Mini Zoo Bhiwani is Chief Wild Life Warden, Government of Haryana, C-18, Van Bhawan, Sector-6, Panchkula (Haryana).
The zoo has all facilities for visitors and animals/birds in its captivity. Uninterrupted water supply is available to the zoo animals as well as visitors. There are two public toilets and a water cooler with R.O. water purifier for visitors.
Sanitary facilities, sitting arrangements, resting sheds and children park are also available for the visitors. Zoo’s outer boundary is enclosed by 2.4 Meter high wall all around the area. Power supply to zoo comes from D.H.B.V.N. Ltd. and sufficient electricity is available as per requirement of the zoo.
The ticket window is on the gate and is well managed. The rates of entry ticket are Rs. 10/- per adult and Rs. 5/- per child between 5-12 years of age. The zoo remains open for public from 9.00 AM to 6.00 PM in the summer and 9.00 AM. to 5.00 PM. in the winter.
Tiger enclosure is the biggest, with single kraal and one exhibit area. Other enclosure such as Leopards, deer, Hippopotamus, Crocodile, Desert fox, Gharial, are good sized enclosures.
Animals housed in Bhiwani zoo are Crocodile, Black Bear, Gharial, Fox, Spotted Deer, Sambar, Hippopotamus, Red Jungle Fowl, Leopard, Silver Pheasant, Cockatiel, Love bird, Java sparrow, Budgerigar, Barn Owl and Tiger.
There are following animals, reptiles, birds in captivity of the zoo:-