Vandalur Zoo in Asia India
Location: Chennai, Kancheepuram, Tamil Nadu. Coordinates 12o52'5''N 80o04'54''E? / ?12.87917oN 80.08167oE, India, , Asia
Arignar Anna Zoological Park, also known as Vandalur Zoo, is located 31 kilometres (19 mi) south of the city of Chennai, India and 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) from Chennai Airport on GST Road.
Founded in 1855, The zoo is contiguous with the Guindy National Park. It is recognized by the Central Zoo Authority of India. Spread over an area of 602 hectares (1,490 acres), including a 92.45-hectare (228.4-acre) rescue and rehabilitation center.
Here you can see about 47 species of mammals (between them 7 white tigers), 63 species of birds, 31 species of reptiles, 5 species of amphibians, 25 species of fishes, and 10 species of insects in the park . Ypu will find here barking deer, blackbuck, sambar, sangai, nilgai, wolf, tiger, jaguar, panther, hog deer, jackal, hyena, lion, giraffe, camel, otter, llama, elephant, Nilgiri langur, lion-tailed macaque, baboon, Hanuman langur, leaf-capped langur, and more.
The zoo houses 2,553 species of flora and fauna across 1,265 acres (51
You have here acces to safari, on an 70 hectares area, and see the animals in their natural habitats. The lion park has been developed in an area of 30 hectares (74 acres). The deer park opened in 2008 covers more than 30 hectares. The Terrestrial Aviary was opened in 1992, closed within a few years due to maintenance issues, and reopened in 2010 as the Bio Centre, with an area of 1,5 acres. The aviary is home to about 150 birds of 13 different species including kingfisher, rose-ringed parakeet, red-whiskered bulbul, white-browed bulbul, Alexandrine parakeet, common myna, koel, crow, pheasants, peacocks, partridges, quails and blue rock pigeon, as well as reptiles, amphibians and butterflies.