Indira Gandhi Zoological Park
Main Entrance gate
|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 mammals, birds and reptiles in the zoo.
The zoo has enclosures for 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: pelican (rosy and grey), painted stork, peafowl, duck, spotted dove, lovebird, parakeet, eagle, vulture.
Exotic: budgerigar, macaw, ostrich, emu.
Endemic: Barking deer, elephant, wild boar, gaur buffalo, sambar deer, spotted deer, nilgai, swamp deer, Eld's deer (thamin deer).
Exotic: Hippopotamus and giraffe.
Endemic: Tiger (leucistic and Bengal), Asiatic lion, leopard, cheetah.
Exotic: Puma and jaguar.
Endemic: Jackal, wild dog, striped hyena.
Endemic: sloth bear, Himalayan black bear.
Endemic: python, snake, land tortoise, terrapin, water monitor lizard, monitor lizard, mugger crocodile, gharial.
Along with this the Nocturnal Animal House has owls, porcupines and civets.
Ursus ursinus (sloth bear)
Sus scrofa (wild boar)
Gaur or wild bison
Macaca radiata (bonnet macaque)
Hystrix indica (Indian crested porcupine)
- Media related to Indira Gandhi Zoological Park at Wikimedia Commons
- Official website of: "Central Zoo Authority of India" (CZA), Government of India