The Government through the wildlife wing of Forests & Environment Department has set up and maintain some Parks & Gardens with a few animal enclosures in order to display and exhibit the importance of wild animals and spread awareness to the people. Apart from playing an important role in ex-situ conservation of important wildlife species and generating awareness on the need for long term conservation of wildlife species and their habitat, zoological parks also add to list of tourist attractions in the state. The State has two Mini Zoos; Lady Hydari Park cum Mini Zoo at Shillong and Nehru Park cum Mini Zoo, Danakgre, Tura and a recreational park i.e.Lum Nehru Park at Umiam.
Lady Hydari Park
The present Lady Hydari Park was created in 1937, when Sir Robert Neil Reid was the Governor of Assam and it was at that time known as Lady Reid Pleasure Park. On 4th May,1947 Sir Akbar Hydari took over as the Governor of Assam. It was during his tenure that Lady Reid Pleasure Park was renamed as Lady Hydari Park. The Park was under the control of the Deputy Commissioner of Khasi Hills, till it was handed over to the Forest Department in the year 1973. The Park cum Mini Zoo is located in the heart of Shillong. The total area of the park and Zoo is about 3.53 hectares.
Nehru Park cum Mini Zoo
The Nehru Park cum Mini Zoo, Danakgre is the only zoo in the Garo Hills region and only the second in the state. It is established over an area of 13.4 hectares. The Nehru Park cum Mini Zoo is important for the region in that it not only provides recreation to the visitors but also acts as a centre for displaced, orphaned and injured animals which could not be released back in the wild. Many animals are also being rehabilitated here and released back in the wild. The zoo houses species of brown wood owl, crested serpent eagle, Siatic black bear, barking deer, python, etc.
Lum Nehru Park was created on a wind swept near barren hillock surrounding the Umiam Lake along the Guwahati Shillong Road, about 16 Kms from Shillong. Lum Nehru Park was named after Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, who laid the foundation stone of the Umiam Hydel Project at the very place where the park has been created. Work for creation of the Park began in1989. The total area of the park is 22.5 acres.