After closing down the non-viable Mini Zoos scattered all over the State in 2001 by the Government, emphasis was laid on development of Rohtak zoo by Chief Minister, Haryana in the 17th Meeting of Haryana State Wildlife Advisory Board held on 21.12.2000. The zoo at Rohtak has a few attractive birds and animals for public showing. Many birds species have been very common and the attractive animals in the zoo are also very few. Therefore, to elevate the status of this zoo and make it a well sought after recreational destination by the public, a decision was taken to extend it from an area of 16 acres to an area of 44 acres. The government transferred about 28 acres land from Tilyar Tourist Complex to Forest Department on 10th June 2003 to facilitate the expansion of the zoo. Accordingly, the layout plan of the zoo was prepared and submitted to the Central Zoo Authority, New Delhi on 9th April, 2004 for their sanction. The Central Zoo Authority sanctioned the layout plan on 28.3.2005. As per sanctioned layout plan of Rohtak Zoo, the enclosures for housing Gharial, Crocodile, Hippopotamus, Himalayan Black Bear, Leopard, Tiger, Fox, Hyena, Wolf, Jackal, Otter, Barking deer, Chinkara, Black buck, Sambhar, Langoor, Pig tailed monkey, Macque and Baboon and Bird aviaries for housing a number of exotic and local attractive birds are to be created. Besides, landscaping within the zoo complex will be done providing gardens, hillocks, lakes, waterfalls, visitor trails, paths and roads. For visitors, resting/relaxing places, cafes, toilets, watch towers, drinking water facilities etc. will be provided. For Deer species, fodder parks will be developed. To provide proper after care to the zoo inmates, veterinary facilities along with postmortem room will be developed. The entrance gate of the zoo will be an esthetically created so that entrance looks grand and spacious.
Adjoining Biodiversity centre will be merged with the gate house complex. The parking facility for the visitors vehicle will be provided in large open space in front of the gate house complex which will also have kiosks. The hillocks will be created in such a way that the visitors will have a panoramic view of different animal enclosures. The enclosures will be sufficiently spacious to provide a natural habitat to the animals. The developmental works in the zoo would be undertaken in a phased manner. During the current year, the enclosures for Tiger, Crocodile, Himalayan black bear, Jackal and Wolf would be constructed for which work is being started soon. An outlay of Rs. 187.00 lacs has been sanctioned by the Central Zoo Authority for the proposed expansion of Rohtak Zoo. The financial assistance will be 100% from the Central Zoo Authority. The up-gradation of Rohtak Zoo will prove an added attraction to the visitors coming to the adjoining Tilyar Tourist Complex and will definitely boosh tourism.