Andhra Pradesh’s Indira Gandhi Zoological Park
Indira Gandhi Zoological Park is presently one of the
largest zoo located in the natural settings of a reserve
forest which covers an area of 625 acres.
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It is situated
in the scenic Eastern Ghats. The Zoo is flanked by hills
on either side and the Bay of Bengal on the East and
attracts many visitors from all over the country.
was declared open to the public on 19 th May, 1977.
Nearly eighty species of animals numbering to about
eight hundred are present in the zoo.
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Andhra Pradesh’s Indira Gandhi Zoological Park - The Zoo Park has
different sections for primates, carnivores, lesser
carnivores, small mammals, reptiles, ungulates, and
Primates : This section houses many
different species of monkeys like the common Langur,
Rhesus monkey, Bonnet Monkey and other exotic fauna
like Mandrills, Olive Baboons etc.
Carnivores : This section has Panthers,
Tigers, Lions, Pumas, Jaguars, Himalayan Black Bear,
the Sloth Bear and lesser carnivores like the Wolves,
Jackals, Wild Dogs, Hyenas, and Hippopotamus etc. The
Crocodile Complex has all the three Indian Crocodile
Reptiles : The Reptile section has
Pythons, Snakes, Land Tortoises, Terrapins, Water Monitor
Lizards, Monitor Lizards etc.,
Herbivores : Elephant, Bison, Sambar,
Spotted Deer, Nilgai, Barking Deer and Thamin Deer are
in the collection.
Aves : Varied collection of birds from
the Eastern Ghats in the large walk-through aviaries
is a special attraction of the zoo.
The Grey Pelicans,
Rosy Pelicans, Pied Horn Bills, Painted Storks, Peacocks,
Ducks, Love Birds, Budgerigars and Cockatiels form the
bird collection of the Zoo.
There are certain points which should be kept in mind are that the animals should not be fed, the visitors should not tease the animals, the park should be kept clean, use the footpath, visitors should maintain the rules and co- operate with the zoo authorities. Train rides and elephant rides are available.
The zoo is open round the year and is closed on Mondays.
Timings: 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.
Photography: Still Camera - Rs. 10/- Video Camera - Rs. 75/-
Access to the Park:
By Air- it is connected
with Hyderabad, Chennai, Kolkata, New Delhi and Bhubaneshwar.
Indian Airlines flies daily to Hyderabad and five times
a week to Chennai, New Delhi and Kolkata.
By Road- by road Visakhapatnam is 650
km from Hyderabad and 350 km from Vijayawada. Regular
bus services are available to Hyderabad, \Tijayawada,
Bhubaneshwar, Chennai and Tirupati.
By Rail- Visakhapatnam is a major
junction on the commercially important Chennai Kolkata
rail line. As such the city is well connected to all
the major cities of the country by rail like New Delhi,
Chennai, Kolkata and Hyderabad. Daily express trains
are available to all these four major cities.