Indira Gandhi Zoological Park
Hippo at the zoo
|Location||Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India|
|Land area||625 acres (253 ha)|
|Number of animals||850|
|Number of species||75|
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. 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.
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:
Endemic: Pelicans (Rosy and Grey), Painted Storks, Peafowls, Ducks, Spotted Doves, love birds, Parakeets, Eagles, Vultures.
Exotic: Budgerigars, Macaws, Ostrich, Emu.
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.
Endemic: Barking Deer, Elephant, Wild Boars, Gaur, Sambar Deer, Spotted Deer, Nilgai, Giraffes, Swamp deer, Eld's deer (Thamin Deer).
Endemic: Tigers (Leucistic and Bengal), Asiatic Lions, Leopards.
Exotic: Puma, Jaguar.
Endemic: Jackals, Wild dogs, Striped Hyenas.
Endemic: Sloth bear, Himalayan Black bear.
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.
Ursus ursinus sloth bear
Sus scrofa Wild Boar
Gaur Wild Bison
Macaca radiata Bonnet Macaque
Hystrix indica Indian Crested Porcupine
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- Official website of: "Central Zoo Authority of India" (CZA), Government of India
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