Allen Forest Zoo, also called the Kanpur Zoo is a zoo in Kanpur, the industrial hub of Uttar Pradesh in North India. It is the largest open green space in Kanpur. Originally a natural habitat for fauna, it is one of the few zoos in India which were created in a natural forest.
The Allen Forest Zoo is located about two kilometers from the city’s center. In earlier colonial records it is mentioned as being close to Nawabganj, some distance away from Bithoor. The zoo is an oasis of green, a natural lake, and ancient trees, and encompasses the largest land area of any zoological garden in Asia. The zoo houses a botanical garden with a collection of some of the country’s rare species of plants that is dotted with sylvan lakes.
The zoo grounds are also professionally maintained by forest conservationists, and it records large attendance from all age groups and communities in Kanpur. It is a popular destination for picnics, nature walks, and outdoor recreation, as well as teaching school students about natural habitats, environmental issues, and responsible eco-friendly living. Mammals at the zoo include White Asian tigers, Asiatic lions, cheetah, leopard, jaguar, hyena, Musk deer, deer, and antelope. Chimpanzees and orangutans have their own island. Some monkeys and deer are allowed to roam outside the enclosures as natural inhabitants of the zoo.