Arignar Anna Zoological Park in Chennai

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Arignar Anna Zoological Park Overview

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Also known as Vandalur Zoo, the zoo is approximately 19 kilometres from the main Chennai city. Built in 1855, it was the first public zoo in India to be affiliated by the Central Zoo Authority in India. However, it was made open to the public in the year 1861.

Spread over 602 hectares, it is home to 1500 wild species including 46 endangered ones. A wildlife sanctuary and rehabilitation centre for rescued wild animals can also be found here. The park holds research and conservation practices to create awareness among masses. Spot a tiger, panther, wolf, deer, elephants and other animals here.

The park has a special free range zone where animals can freely roam in peace. There are two sanctuary aviaries (with a walk-though aviary), butterfly house, reptile house, amphibian house, primate house, crocodile enclosure and the shark-shaped aquarium.

  • Opening Closing Time 9 am to 5 pm

  • Photo Opp

    Get a glimpse of the wild animals in their natural habitat at this zoological park and don't forget to capture the scene in your camera lens.
  • Entrance Fee INR 30 (Adult); INR 10 (Child); INR 25 (Camera); INR 150 (Handycam)

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Vandalur, Chennai- 600048