The word Nandankanan literally translates to The Garden of Heaven in English and the venue literally exploits the environment and natural surroundings of the Chandaka Forest beautifully to this effect, almost as if deliberately by purpose. It is the first Indian zoo to be selected to join the prestigious world association of Zoos and Aquariums in 2009.
Nandankanan Zoological Park is home to many rare species of both plants as well as animals and house a massive diversity of life forms in their natural habitat giving birth to an alternate ecosystem for harmonious existence of wildlife with humanity. Among its various exhibits are the famed white tiger, Asiatic lion, Indian mouse deer, Indian pangolin and the Nilgiri Langur. Nandankanan Zoo enjoys a prestigious patronage in the internationally fraternity for its successful attempts at breeding black panthers, white tigers and gharyals while in captivity.
It is truly a wonderful zoological park where one can enjoy quality and exciting times with their friends and families and get treated to a lot of interesting stuffs. The long history of the zoo adds to its significance as well.