Aringar Anna Zoological Park—a haven for wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers alike, is home to over 1,500 different species of birds, mammals and reptiles. Established way back in 1885, this first public zoo in India is also the largest and most popular in the country. So, if you happen to be in the region and want to have a closer glimpse of some of the rarest animals and over 46 endangered species –like the ones seen in books and documentaries; head towards the Aringar Anna Zoological Park.
This zoo was the brainchild and passion of the Nawab of Carnatic, who had his own personal collection of animals. On the persuasion and encouragement of Green Balfour, the doors of this private zoo were flung open to the public, in the year 1861.
Over the years, this zoo saw an expansion in the flourishing habitat of animals, mammals, fish, birds, reptiles and other species of flora and fauna. As a result, it became important to shift its venue to larger areas—with the final movement bringing the zoo to the lush terrains of Vandalur Reserve Forest. Now, this popular zoo is located far from the maddening urban crowds and is closer to the lap of nature—giving animals a breather from the mayhem and pollution created by the industries and vehicles in the city.
The Arinagar Anna Zoological Park boasts of a rehabilitation centre for ailing/rescued wild animals and a wildlife sanctuary. The authorities connected with this zoo have been involved in conservation, research and management measures and conduct a range of ex-situ activities that are targeted towards spreading conservation awareness and the ways of appreciating wildlife—among the public and those connected with the welfare of animals alike. This special zoo is criss-crossed by three different roads, where you may spot a wolf, rare species of monkeys and deer, tiger, panther or a wolf; along with several species of reptiles, birds and mammals.
You may also sit on the sides and watch the animals move around in a relaxed manner in the free zone. Here, you have a chance to see many animals in their natural habitats. This includes the Elephant, Gaur, Lion, and Deer safaris, where animals are seen lounging in their near-natural habitats, sleeping or enjoying their meals.
You may choose to walk through a flourishing aviary located in the complex of the zoo or the two other aviaries situated in the sanctuary—which are equally enthralling. These aviaries are covered with steel nets and blue nylon meshes and are well landscaped with lush Korean grass (to maintain the right levels of humidity). As you walk through these sprawling aviaries, you will be introduced to a cacophony of twitters coming from over 150 varied species of birds—making it an experience worth the cause. The other interesting highlights of the zoo include the Reptile house, Butterfly house, Amphibian House, Crocodile enclosure, Primate house, and an aquarium—which is shark-shaped!
|Entry Fee For Child||Rs 10/-|
|Entry Fee For Adults||Rs 30/-|
|Timings||All days of the week except Tueday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM|
|Visit Duration||Around 3-4 hours|