Vandalur Zoo is the first zoological park founded in India in the year 18555 also known as Anna Zoological Park. It is the biggest zoological park in India which receives more than 10 million footfalls per year. It located 31 kilometers from Chennai city center and almost 15 kilometers from the airport. The park spreads over an area of 1490 acres including 228.4 acres of rescue and rehabilitation center of the park.Vandalur zoo is the house of 1500 wild species that includes 46 types of endangered species.
Vandalur Zoo Timings
Vandalur zoo opens 6 days in a week except Tuesday from 9 am to 5 pm. Entry fees per adult are Rs.30/- and children in between 2 to 5 years is Rs.10/- If you are taking the camera the fee is Rs.25/- and for handy cam it is Rs.150/- per person. Vandalur Zoo also provided battery operated vehicles those wants to take the service instead of walking, it costs Rs.12/- per adult and Rs.6/- per child. For visitors resting huts are there where you can take some rest and starts again, drinking water facility is also provided in different places on the road, you can also find restrooms for both ladies and gents.There is a canteen in the mid of the zoo where you can refresh and energize yourself to start your rest of the journey.To make this zoo neat and clean waste bins are also provided on the road side to make them use. As the zoo covers 4-5 kilometers in lengthwise so if you are planning to cover the zoo than it is required minimum 4-5 hours to see all the things completely without any hassles of time running out, so full-day planning is required to visit this zoo.
Things to See Inside
Vandalur Zoo has six different types of groups like mammals (animals), birds, fish, reptiles, and amphibians. Here one can find 46 types of animals species with 430 animals in the enclosure , major attractions are European brown bear, Himalayan black bear, bear cat, brown capuchin, pygmy hippopotamus, jaguar, black buck , Asian elephant, Nilgiri langur, panther, Asiatic lion, Sambar, White tiger and Royal Bengal Tiger and many more …. In birds section the most attractive you will find white-tailed peacock, Darter(snake bird), Saras, White Backed Vulture, Spoonbill, Indian Peafowl, Painted stork etc.
In reptile section, you will find saltwater crocodile, marsh crocodile, Indian cobra, Indian rock python, Reticulated python, common Indian Krait etc…. Just have a look in the below video.
Vandalur Zoo also provides facilities for lion and deer safari.You can visits this by full proof bus and it costs only Rs.12/- per adult and Rs.6/- per child. The lion park spread over an area of 74 acres and you will find 15 lions there roaming freely in the natural habitat. If you are lucky enough you will spot the jungle king will come near to your vehicle or cross the road very close to you. Similarly, the deer park is spread over an area of 86 acres where you will find Sambar and deer of around 100 animals roaming freely.
For more information about this park please contact on the below address
- Director, Arignar Anna Zoological Park,
- Vandalur, Chennai-600048
- Ph: 044- 2376089/741