The Sayajibaug zoo was opened as part of the original park called Sayajibaug in 1879 and was dedicated to the people of Baroda by Maharaja Sayaji Rao Gaekwad III. It houses around 35 types of mammals that include tiger, lion, panther, deer etc; 122 types of birds including blue crown pigeon; 10 types of reptiles including alligators, ghadials and many more. Asiatic lions are the most popular of the attractions. An aquarium was added to the zoo in 1962, It has around 45 species of fish and some among them are Chinese 'magoor', 'kissing' and 'chicklet' species, 'oscar', 'koika' etc. Sayajibaug spans over 113 acres with a rich flora of more than 98 species of trees. In addition to the zoo, Sayajibaug is also home to the Baroda Museum & Picture Gallery, the Sardar Patel Planetarium.