Indira Gandhi Zoological Park

Indira Gandhi Zoological Park
Main Entrance gate
Date opened 1977
Location Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India
Coordinates 17°46′09″N 83°21′00″E / 17.7691°N 83.3500°E / 17.7691; 83.3500Coordinates: 17°46′09″N 83°21′00″E / 17.7691°N 83.3500°E / 17.7691; 83.3500
Land area 625 acres (253 ha)
No. of animals 850
No. of species 75
Memberships CZA[1]
Website Indira Gandhi Zoological Park

Indira Gandhi Zoological Park is located amidst Kambalakonda Reserve Forest in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India. It is the third largest zoo in the country.[2][3]

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.[4] 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.

Exhibits

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:

Birds

endemic: Pelican (rosy and gray), painted stork, peafowl, duck, spotted dove, lovebird, parakeet, eagle, vulture.
exotic: budgerigar, macaw, ostrich, emu.

Primates

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.

Herbivores

Endemic: Barking deer, elephant, wild boar, gaur buffalo, sambar deer, spotted deer, nilgai, swamp deer, Eld's deer (thamin deer), Indian rhinoceros.
Exotic: Hippopotamus and giraffe.

Carnivores

Endemic: Tiger (leucistic and Bengal), leopard, cheetah.
Exotic: Puma and jaguar.

Lesser carnivores

Endemic: Jackal, wild dog, striped hyena.

Bears

Endemic: sloth bear, Himalayan black bear.

Reptiles

Endemic: python, cobra, king cobra, rat snake, land tortoise, terrapin, water monitor lizard, monitor lizard, mugger crocodile, gharial.

Along with this, the Nocturnal Animal House has owls, porcupines, and civets.

References

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