Arignar Anna Zoological Park

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Arignar Anna Zoological Park, also called as the Vandalur Zoo, is a zoological garden located in Vandalur, a suburb in the southwestern part of Chennai, Tamil Nadu, about 31 kilometres from the city centre and 15 kilometres from Chennai Airport.The park has tree-lined paved paths for long treks inside the campus, enabling the visitors to walk 15 to 20 kilometres (9.3 to 12.4 mi) during a visit.

Timings: 9:00AM-5:00PM, Tuesday Closed
Location:

Vandalur, Chennai – Click here to navigate to google maps

Entrance Fee:

Adults (above 10 years) – Rs. 30/-
Children (2 to 10 years) – Rs. 10/-
Camera / Camera mobile – Rs. 25/-
Handy Cam – Rs. 150/-

Zoo Rounds Vehicle: Adults – 30/-,Children – 10/-

Battery operated vehicle: 330/- per Hour

Keep Note:

No outside food items are allowed.

Good At:

  • Deer safari park
  • Snake model Serpentarium
  • Otteri water birds habitat
  • Deer safari park

Must Look At:

  • Lion safari
  • Butterfly House
  • White Tiger exhibit
Total Area: 6.03 km²
No. of Visitors: 10000+ per Day
Environment:

The zoo is located within the Vandalur Reserve Forest area. The zoo’s ecosystem consists of dry deciduous and dry evergreen scrub forest vegetation of the Eastern Ghats. The Zoo is best place for weekend trip in Chennai. Safari in reserved forest is the zoo’s highlight.While coming out from zoo there is a forest museum that has information about insects,plants,minerals,ores,etc.,

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History:

In 1854, Edward Green Balfour, the then director of the Government Central Museum at Madras, persuaded the Nawab of the Carnatic to donate his entire animal collection to the museum. This attracted large crowds and became the nucleus of the Madras Zoo, which was founded in 1855. Balfour started the zoo on the museum premises, and a year later it had over 300 animals, including mammals, birds and reptiles.In 1955, the zoo held the first All-India Zoo Superintendents Conference, as part of the centenary celebrations. The zoo is named after Tamil politician Annadurai commonly called as Aringar Annadurai.

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