At the zoo in Darjeeling, West Bengal bordering Sikkim state, India. November 2011.... Usually I prefer to see fellow animals in the wild but this zoo in Darjeeling is very special. In addition, in the same complex there is a must see Museum of The Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (HMI). Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park (also called the Darjeeling Zoo) is a 27.3 ha zoo in the town of Darjeeling in the Indian state of West Bengal. The zoo was opened in 1958, and an average elevation of 2,134 m, is the largest high altitude zoo in India. It specializes in breeding animals adapted to alpine conditions, and has successful captive breeding programs for the Snow leopard, the critically endangered Himalayan wolf and the Red panda. The zoo serves as the central hub for Central Zoo Authority of India's red panda program and is a member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums. This is the only specialized Zoo in India and is internationally recognized for its conservation breeding programmes of Red Panda, Snow Leopards, Tibetan Wolf and other highly endangered animal species of Eastern Himalaya.
The Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (HMI) and Museum is in the same complex of the Zoo. It was established in Darjeeling, India on November 4, 1954 to encourage mountaineering as an organized sport in India. The first ascent of Mount Everest in 1953 by Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary sparked a keen interest in establishing mountaineering as a well-respected endeavour for people in the region. HMI was established in Darjeeling. Tenzing Norgay was the first director of field training for HMI. (adapted from wikipedia) #india #sikkim #darjeeling #zoo #lonelyplanet #bbctravel #wanderlust #worldphotography #smartphotography #travel #travelphotography #traveldestinations #sapoviagens #viagens #wildlife #animalphotography