Arignar Anna Zoological Park, Chennai


Arignar Anna Zoological Park

Arignar Anna Zoological Park , also known as the Vandalur Zoo, is a zoological garden located in Vandalur, a suburb in the
southwestern part of Chennai, Tamil Nadu, about 31 kilometres (19 mi) from the city centre and 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) from Chennai
Airport. Its previous location was set up in 1855 and was the first public zoo in India. It is affiliated with the Central Zoo
Authority of India. Spread over an area of 602 hectares (1,490 acres), including a 92.45-hectare (228.4-acre) rescue and
rehabilitation centre, the park is the largest zoological park in India. The zoo houses 2,553 species of flora and fauna across 1,265
acres (512 ha). As of 2012 the park houses around 1,500 wild species, including 46 endangered species, in its 160 enclosures. As of
2010, there were about 47 species of mammals, 63 species of birds, 31 species of reptiles, 5 species of amphibians, 28 species of
fishes, and 10 species of insects in the park. The park, with an objective to be a repository of the state's fauna, is credited with
being the second wildlife sanctuary in Tamil Nadu after Mudumalai National Park.