The Naypyidaw Zoological Gardens (pronounced [nèpjìdɔ̀ təɹeiʔsʰàɰ̃ ʔṵjɪ̀ɰ̃]) located in Naypyidaw is the largest zoo in South East Asia. Located on the Yangon-Mandalay highway about 250 miles (400 km) north of Yangon, the 612-acre (247-hectare) zoo opened its doors on Myanmar's Armed Forces Day (27 March) in 2008 with about 420 animals trucked in from the Yangon Zoological Gardens.
|Naypyidaw Zoological Gardens|
|19°51′50″N 96°15′21″E / 19.863937°N 96.255815°E|
|Date opened||27 March 2008|
Mandalay Region, Myanmar
|Land area||612 acres (247 hectares)|
|No. of animals||634 (2009)|
The zoo has elephants, crocodiles, tigers, deer, leopards, monkeys as well as white tigers, zebras, and kangaroos. It also comes complete with an air-conditioned penguin house in a country of persistent power shortages.
In December 2009, the zoo had 634 animals of 89 species, including 304 from 34 different mammal species; 265 from 44 bird species; and 65 from 11 reptile species.
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- ^ "Naypyidaw Zoo". Bi-Weekly Eleven (in Burmese). Yangon: Weekly Eleven: 26. 2009-12-04.
19°51′50″N 96°15′21″E / 19.8639°N 96.2558°E