Indira Gandhi Zoological Park
Main Entrance gate
|Location||Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India|
|Land area||625 acres (253 ha)|
|No. of animals||850|
|No. of species||75|
|Website||Indira Gandhi Zoological Park|
The zoological park is named after the former Prime Minister of India, 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 the 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 11 kilometres (6.8 mi) from the Visakhapatnam railway station on the National Highway 5 near Madhurawada. It has two Entrance and Exit gates oppositely. One towards National Highway 5 and the other towards Beach Road at Sagar Nagar. 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 acres 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: common langur (Hanuman monkey), bonnet monkey (common Indian monkey), rhesus monkey.
Exotic: Olive baboon, Mandrill, ring-tailed lemur (lemur catta), Goeldi's marmoset.Most Recent inclusion are the three new primate species of Chimpanzees which were brought from Tisch Zoo in Jerusalem under an agreement done by the Government of India with Israel's Nature Parks Authority.
Endemic: Jackal, wild dog, striped hyena.
Along with this, the Nocturnal Animal House has owls, porcupines, and civets.
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- Official website of: "Central Zoo Authority of India" (CZA), Government of India