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Arignar Anna Zoological Park, Chennai

Chennai has the distinction of having the first zoo in India, created in 1855. This was shifted from the then Madras City to Vandalur Reserve Forest and a modern Zoological Park was established in 1979 by the Tamil Nadu Forest Department. Spread over 510 ha. of dry evergreen forests with gentle undulating terrain, the specially created open wet and dry island type enclosures with hidden walls and simulated natural environment help the animals, birds and reptiles to feel their natural environment. Chimpanzee, the nearest ancestor to human beings, keeps you busy for a while.


1. Ex-situ propagation of critically endangered species to prevent their extinction
2. Wildlife Education and interpretation aimed at a wider public appreciation of wildlife
3. Wildlife research to promote wildlife conservation and management
By Road: 32 KM. from Chennai city
Nearest Railway station is Vandalur – 1 KM
Tambaram Railway Station – 6 KM
Nearest Airport - Meenambakkam – 15 KM
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 Our specialities include:
Safari Parks for Lion and Deer Jurassic Park
Reptile House Elephant joy ride
Nocturnal animal house Battery operated vehicles
Aquarium Childrens park
Walk through aviaries Education centre
Prey-predator concept enclosures (Tiger - Sambar)  

Other interesting aspects of the Park are:

Feeling and moving freely in the simulated natural environment, lions welcome you to enjoy the thrill of their nearness in the Safari.
Live size models of Prehistoric animals at Pre historic animal park of A.A.Z.P remind you of the Jurassic park
Highly threatened in their natural habitat Asian Elephants have the biggest enclosure in the park for their free movement
A prized and colourful species Rosy pelican can be seen in all seasons at the walk through aviary
Zebras mother and daughter communicating in their own way
Highly endangered and endemic to the Western ghats the Lion tailed macaque is breeding well in captivity
Sitting in the nest with their guests – Painted storks
Llama A relative of Camel from South America one of the rare species in Indian zone
Highly endangered and endemic to Himalayan region Himalayan Black Bear adapted well to its new environment
The AAZP is also actively involved in spreading environmental education. Informative board on Pollution threats.
Not only learning about the wild animals, your children have a nice time at Children’s park AAZP
I am happy herewith my family Hippopotamus native of Africa breeding well in captivity at AAZP
Prey predator concept. A simulation of Tiger-Sambar co-existence although they are not
Our appeal to visitors:
Don't not feed the animals
Help us keep the park clean
Avoid smoking inside the park
Alcohol drinks are prohibited
Religious preaching and distribution of notices is not allowed
Don’t cause injury to the animals.

Battery operated vehicle: Adult Child
Zoo round Adult Rs.12/- Rs.6/-
Lion Zafari Adult Rs.12/- Rs.6/-
Wheel chair Rs.10/-  
Camera (Video cameras not allowed) Rs.25/-  

Entrance fee (per head) Adult
Adult Rs.15/-
Children - below 5 years no fee
Children - 5 to 12 years Rs.10/-
Camera (Video cameras not allowed) Rs.25/-
School children(Govt. Schools) Rs.2/-

Vehicle parking charges: Adult
Bus Rs.5/-
Car Rs.2/-
Motor cycle Rs.1/-
Private vehicles are not allowed inside the park Rs.25/-

General Information:

1. Opens daily from 9. am. to 5 p.m except Tuesdays
2. Battery vehicles are available for the public
3. Private vehicles are not allowed inside

Director, Arignar Anna Zoological Park,
Vandalur, Chennai – 600 048
Ph: 044-2376089

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