About ZSI

About the Zoological Survey of India (ZSI)

The Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) is the premier taxonomic research institute to promote Survey, exploration, research and documentation leading to the advancement in our knowledge on various aspects of animal taxonomy of the Indian subcontinent. Although ZSI was formerly established on 1st July 1916, it had its genesis in the Museum of the Asiatic Society of Bengal (1814-1875) and Zoological Section of the Indian Museum (1875-1916) in Kolkata. The ZSI is presently under the control of Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Government of India. It is a pride to the nation that this premier institution has completed 100 years on 1st July, 2016, and entered the second century.

ZSI has been very successful in carrying out its primary objectives of taxonomic research, survey and documentation of Indian fauna from its inception. The scope and functions of ZSI have considerably expanded, particularly in the light of the Convention on Biological Diversity, ratified by the Govt. of India in 1994. To meet the challenges of biodiversity conservation, sustainable utilization and dissemination of knowledge on faunal diversity to all stake holders, the Survey has acquired recently modern tools and techniques such as scanning electron microscopes, digital stereo zoom microscopes, GIS tools, Data basing tools and the DNA bar coding technology, augmenting the research infrastructure of ZSI.

There is an increasing interest on the part of the public in matters pertaining to animal life. Constant stream of enquiries from people from various walks of life continue to pour in, reflecting the public confidence in the Institute. The organization therefore provide regular identification and advisory services to all research establishments including more than two hundred universities in India, free of cost. Zoological Survey of India therefore plays the role of a mother institute in the field of faunal research.

The Headquarters office of ZSI, the ‘PRANI VIGYAN BHABAN; is situated at New Alipore, Kolkata, West Bengal. Different Scientific and administrative divisions of ZSI are housed in the Headquarters office at Kolkata. Some of the scientific divisions are functioning also from the Fire Proof Spirit Building in the Indian Museum compound, Kolkata. Sixteen Regional Centres of ZSI were established during the various Five Year Plans across the country. Each Centre has been assigned with the mandatory action plans and programmes for the exploration cum scientific documentation of the faunal resources in the varying ecosystems of the country.