Amirthi Zoological Park

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Amirthi Zoological Park
Amirthi Forest
Date opened 1967
Location Kannamangalam, Tiruvannamalai District, Tamil Nadu, India
Coordinates 12°43′57″N 79°03′24″E / 12.732363°N 79.056673°E / 12.732363; 79.056673Coordinates: 12°43′57″N 79°03′24″E / 12.732363°N 79.056673°E / 12.732363; 79.056673
Land area 25 ha (62 acres)
Website amirthizoologicalpark

Amirthi Zoological Park is a zoo in Tiruvannamalai District in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It was opened in 1967 and is about 55 kilometres (34 mi) from district headquaters Tiruvannamalai city and 25 kilometres (16 mi) from the Vellore city. The area of the park is 25 hectares and one can find beautiful water falls.

Half of this jungle is cleared to serve as a tourist spot while the other half is developed as a wildlife sanctuary. A trek for a kilometre leads one to a full view of seasonal waterfall. The inflow of tourists is more only during the holidays. Animals at the park include spotted deer, mongoose, hedgehog, foxes, reason monkeys, red headed parrots, love birds, tortoises, peacock, crocodiles, wild cats, eagles, ducks, pigeons, wild parrots, rabbits, and pythons.[1][2]

Development & Expansion[edit]

  • On September 13, 2013, Tamil Nadu government announced that it has allocated 3.5 crore rupees for the development of amirthi zoo. This development will include providing amenities such as resting places, drinking water facility, food joints, pathways connecting waterfalls, information centers and watch towers.[3][4]
  • Tamil Nadu Forest Department has planned to upgrade the mini zoo in amirthi into a small zoo at a total cost of 19 crore rupees. Vellore district collector also informed that Central Zoo Authority (CZA) has approved the upgradation of amirthi mini zoo.[5]
  • Elephant Camps Amirthi forest in Vellore Forest division will be one of the probable sites in future hosting rejuvenation camps for temple elephants in the state.[6][7]

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