Indira Gandhi Zoological Park

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Indira Gandhi Zoological Park
Hippo at the zoo
Date opened 1977
Location Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India
Coordinates 17°46′09″N 83°21′00″E / 17.7691°N 83.3500°E / 17.7691; 83.3500Coordinates: 17°46′09″N 83°21′00″E / 17.7691°N 83.3500°E / 17.7691; 83.3500
Land area 625 acres (253 ha)
Number of animals 850
Number of species 75
Memberships CZA[1]
Neophron percnopterus Vulture, Zoo park, Visakhapatnam
Ara glaucogularis Macaw, Zoo park, Visakhapatnam
Painted Stork Mycteria leucocephala, Zoo park, Visakhapatnam
Cervus unicolor (Sambar deer), Zoo park, Visakhapatnam
Gavialis gangeticus Gharial, Zoo park, Visakhapatnam

Indira Gandhi Zoological Park is located amidst Kambalakonda Reserve Forest in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India.

This Zoological Park is named after The Former Prime Minister Of India, Mrs. Indira Gandhi. It was declared open to the public on 19 May 1977.[2] It covers an area of 625 acres (253 ha). It is situated in Visakhapatnam amidst the scenic Eastern Ghats of India. It is surrounded by Eastern Ghats on three sides and Bay of Bengal on the fourth side. Nearly eighty species of animals numbering to about eight hundred are present in the zoo. The Zoo Park has different sections for primates, carnivores, lesser carnivores, small mammals, reptiles, ungulates and birds caged in their natural ambiance.

The Zoo Park is about 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) from the Visakhapatnam railway station on the National Highway 5 (India) near Madhurawada. It has two Entrance and Exit gates oppositely. One towards National Highway 5 (India) and the other towards Beach road at Sagarnagar. It is open to public on all days of the week except Monday.
A Biosphere learning center and a Library are present inside the Zoo Park near the Canteen.

Exhibits[edit]

In an area of 625 acre the zoological park located among the Kambalakonda Wildlife Sanctuary of Eastern Ghats.
There are nearly 80 Species of Animals, Birds and Reptiles in the Zoo.
The zoo has enclosures of primates, carnivores, lesser carnivores, small mammals, reptiles, ungulates and birds aviaries with a well planned layout, a Jungle along a water body inside the Zoo park. The animal exhibits in the Zoo park are as follows:

Birds[edit]

Endemic: Pelicans (Rosy and Grey), Painted Storks, Peafowls, Ducks, Spotted Doves, love birds, Parakeets, Eagles, Vultures.
Exotic: Budgerigars, Macaws, Ostrich, Emu.

Primates[edit]

Endemic: Common Languor (Hanuman Monkey), Bonnet Monkey (Common Indian Monkey), Rhesus Monkey.
Exotic: Baboons(Sacred and Olive), Mandrill, Ring-tailed lemur (Lemur catta), Goeldi's marmoset.

Herbivores[edit]

Endemic: Barking Deer, Elephant, Wild Boars, Gaur, Sambar Deer, Spotted Deer, Nilgai, Giraffes, Swamp deer, Eld's deer (Thamin Deer).
Exotic: Hippopotamus.

Carnivores[edit]

Endemic: Tigers (Leucistic and Bengal), Asiatic Lions, Leopards.
Exotic: Puma, Jaguar.

Lesser carnivores[edit]

Endemic: Jackals, Wild dogs, Striped Hyenas.

Bears[edit]

Endemic: Sloth bear, Himalayan Black bear.

Reptiles[edit]

Endemic:Pythons, Snakes, Land Tortoises, Terrapins, Water Monitor Lizards, Monitor Lizards, Mugger Crocodile, Gharial.

Along with this a Nocturnal Animal House consists of Owls, Porcupines, Civets in the Zoo Park at Visakhapatnam.

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Search Establishment". cza.nic.in. CZA. Retrieved 4 July 2011. 
  2. ^ APForest dept.

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