Beside beautiful Kandawgyi Lake, Yangon Zoo is the ideal location for visitors and families going on trip at the weekend to avoid the heat and enjoy natural landscapes.
This is the only quite large-scale zoo in Myanmar being famous outside the country. The number of annual tourists coming here is very large. Established in 1901, the original name of the zoo is Victoria Memorial Park and Zoological Gardens. It was renamed Yangon Zoological Gardens and Parks in 1951 with an area of approximately 70-acre including a museum of natural history, an amusement park, a lake and an aquarium. 150 species of wildlife consists 60 species of mammals, 70 species of birds and 20 species of reptiles. Some animal species at risk of extinction are also meticulous care such as the tiger, Asian elephant, the clouded leopard, Takin, the Burmese large tortoise, and so on. The zoo has over 300 species of flora, mostly big shady trees which make it being the cool place in summer. Travelers should come here in the dry season to fully enjoy the natural beauty with sunshine, wind and green vegetation.
The amusement park is really a romantic place with a beautiful lake where pairs of White-winged wood ducks, Sarus cranes and other wild water birds living. Travelers should not miss the opportunity to take some nice photos in here with family or friends. Moreover, there is an aquarium which is the first large-scale aquarium in the country having a wide variety of colorful fish. The entire park is designed as a mini entertainment centre attracting children and adults by games like riding on elephant-cart, horse-cart or even riding directly on horseback. Other animals are interned in big cages with protective rail for the purpose visitors can admire easily and even stroke their soft fur. Security personnel on fulltime duty will ensure your safety. On weekend and public holidays, snake dance and elephant circus are performed free. If visitors prefer modern adventure games, the park is also equipped modern facilities, especially roller-coaster at the Amusement Park of international standard. Restaurant, stone bench and public telephone are scattered throughout the park for the convenience of tourists to contact and take rest.
Lying in the southern end of the park, The Natural History Museum was built on the 1st of May, 1966 to exhibiting the stuffed samples of rare species of Burmese fauna with the specific explanation and captions. This is a frequent destination for Zoology and Veterinary Science students to research and do their dissertation. Travelers can get more biological knowledge and information about wildlife in here, even some extinct species.
With the investment of state meeting international standards, Yangon Zoo is really a variant collection of species of animals and vegetation as well as an attractive natural tourist destination not to be missed.