Jijamata Udyan Zoo Rani Jijamata Udyan Victoria Gardens, laid
out in 1861 houses the Mumbai's Zoo. It houses many of the rare and
endangered species of animals and birds. The gardens are spread over
48 acres in Byculla, on the central side of Mumbai, surrounded by
low income housing colonies or "Chawls". At the main
entrance to the gardens is a clock tower, reminiscent of Italian
renaissance, but the clock has stopped ticking a long time ago. The
gardens boast of scores of trees, some of which are really old.
Within the gardens is the Albert museum that houses a host of local
archaeological finds among which merits a huge stone elephant at the
entrance, which was found in 1864 at Gharapuri Island .