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ALTHOUGH the meritorious idea of starting a zoological garden at Calcutta was put forward by the well-known naturalist MacClelland as long ago as 1842, and several attempts were subsequently made to carry out the plan, it was not until 1875, chiefly, we believe, owing to the exertions of the late Mr. Schwendler, the telegraph engineer, that an appropriate site was obtained, and the present gardens were founded. After eight years of development the Zoological Gardens of Calcutta, under the energetic rule of the present Honorary Director, have attained a degree of arrangement sufficiently stable to allow of a “Guide” being prepared. Dr. Anderson's able pen has accordingly been employed in describing the institution which he has so well organised.

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