Our Animals


       Shri A.K.Mishra
Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Wildlife), Maharashtra State
Shri. Amit Kalaskar
Chief conservator of forests & Member Secretary, (In-Charge)
Zoo authority of Maharashtra, Nagpur

MISSION : To provide better upkeep and veterinary care to the wild animal housed in zoos in India to ensure their conservation through best practices of management and bringing education & awareness among the people.

VISION : To complement and strengthen the national efforts in conservation of the biodiversity of the country, particularly the fauna through the ex-situ conservation linked with in-situ practices.

“The Zoo Authority of Maharashtra” ( A society registered under the Societies Registration Act 1860)

REGISTERED OFFICE : The registered office of the society viz., The Zoo Authority of Maharashtr shall be situated at Nagpur.Area of operation of The Zoo Authority of Maharashtra shall be the state of Maharashtra including adjoining territorial waters.

The objectives for which the society is established are:

  1. To provide for proper development and maintenance of the recognized Government Zoos in the State of Maharashtra, so as to make them modern and model Zoological parks.
  2. To monitor the implementation of the development plans, schemes as well as maintenance works in the Government Zoos as well as in all other Zoos of Maharashtra as approved by the State Government and in accordance with the regulations issued from time to time by the Central Zoo Authority.
  3. To breed and rear the endangered species of the fauna of India and the world with the object of saving them from extinction and of restocking other Zoos and eventually to enrich the depleted fauna.
  4. To spread the message of Wildlife conservation to the visitors, students and common public in the zoo and outside the zoo through a proper conservation education programme. (Zoo outreach programme)
  5. To undertake research projects either on its own or in collaboration with Research Institutes, Universities, Non-Government organizations on:
    1. The conservation breeding of endangered species,
    2. The behavior of animals and birds in their natural surroundings as well as in captivity,
    3. Animal Health
  6. To procure such animals as are required for the zoos in the state of Maharashtra by purchase or exchange, from other states in India or from abroad,
  7. To disseminate knowledge and information about wildlife by publication of bulletins and journals etc,
  8. To subscribe or assist any charitable, benevolent, scientific, national, public or any other institution for achieving the objects or purposes which are consistent with or which promote the objectives of the society.
  9. Do all such acts and things as are incidental or conducive to the attainment of the above objectives or are directly or indirectly beneficial to the society in the promotion of its objects and subjects, subject to the overall control of the government and subject to conformity with the Societies Registration Act, 1860.

Subject to the Rules of the Society, the management, supervision and control of the affairs of the Society shall vest in the Governing Council. The Governing Council of the Society will consist of the following members:

  1. Minister (Forests), Govt. of Maharashtra - President)
  2. Principal Secretary / Secretary (Forest) - Member
  3. Principal Secretary (Urban Development) - Member
  4. Principal Secretary (Finance) - Member
  5. Principal Secretary (Planning) - Member
  6. Principal Secretary (Animal Husbandry, Dairy Development & Fisheries) - Member
  7. Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Head of Forest Force) - Member
  8. Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) - Member
  9. Managing Director (Forest Development Corporation of Maharashtra) - Member
  10. Dean, Maharashtra Animal & Fisheries Science, Nagpur or their representative - Member
  11. Representative of Zoological Survey of India, Pune - Member
  12. Representative of Central Zoo Authority of India, New Delhi- Member
  13. Representative of Regional Dy. Director (Wildlife) Western Region, Mumbai - Member
  14. * Representatives of Zoos / Experts of Zoo / NGOs in the field of WildlifeConservation (one each) - Member
      a) Representatives of Zoo :- Shri. Kishor Rithe, Satpuda Foundation
      b) Medical Officer of Zoo :- Dr. Rajkumar Jadhav, Rajiv Gandhi zoological park, Amravati
      c) Experts of Zoo :- Shri. Anil Arjankar, Dy. CF. Forest Deptt.
  15. Member Secretary, The Zoo Authority of Maharashtra - Member Secretary

The Executive Committee of the Society will consist of the following members:

  1. Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) Maharashra State Nagpur - Chairperson
  2. Managing Director (FDCM) Nagpur or his representative - Member
  3. Dean, Maharashtra Animal & Fisheries Science University, Nagpur or their representative - Member
  4. Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Budget, Planning & Development) Maharashtra State Nagpur - Member
  5. Representative of Zoological Survey of India, Pune - Member
  6. Representative of Zoo - Member
  7. Veterinary Officer working with zoos - Member
  8. Expert on Zoo Management to be nominated by the Government - Member
  9. Member Secretary, The Zoo Authority of Maharashtra - Member Secretary


The following shall be the officers of the Society namely:
  1. Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife)
  2. Member Secretary of the Zoo Authority of Maharashtra
  3. Such other officers as may be appointed by the Governing Council or the Executive Committee from time to time.