Wildlife Sanctuaries and Zoos in Chennai
Zoos and wildlife sanctuaries are nowadays a great source of entertainment as well as learning. Chennai is home to some of the famous zoological parks in the country. They are reserved areas, run by non-profit organization with the sole purpose of providing conservation to wild species and their habitats. These wildlife parks attract millions of visitors yearly, they come to see the interesting animals and also for educational opportunities.
Arignar Anna Zoological ParkArignar Anna Zoological Park is one of the largest and scientifically managed zoos of the country. This modern day zoo is home for hundreds of wild species, flora and fauna, endangered species, including the white tiger, ostriches, deer, lions and elephants. Do not forget to visit the Arignar Zoo i.e. Vandalur Zoo if you come here.
- Location: Vandalur, Chennai, Tamil Nadu - 600048
- Timings: 9.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. (Closed on Tuesday)
- Entry Fee: Adults: Rs 15/,Children (5-12 yrs): Rs10/-
Vandalur ZooThe Vandalur Zoo is located in Vandalur around 32 kms towards the southwestern part of Chennai. The zoo provides battery-operated cars, diesel-run road rails, rental bicycles and long tree-lined paved walkways for its numerous visitors. The lion and the tiger safaris are a must-go entertainer out there. The other star attractions include the Deer Safari Park, Ostrich enclosure, Shark Model Aquarium, Butterfly House, Cave Model water fall entrance etc.
The zoo is well-maintained, neat and spacious and a worthy tourist location. There is also an Animal Adoption Program here, which allows the public to adopt any animal species for any number of days or months.
It also supports captive breeding for endangered wild species. It is a great hang-out place for kids and a must-visit getaway to wind up with your family and friends. Except in summer, the morning hours are usually the ideal time to visit this zoo.
The timings, location & entry fees of Vandalur Zoo is the same as that of Arignar Anna Zoological Park.
Guindy National ParkThis is another national park located at the heart of the city. It is a clean and well-maintained park that houses a number of wild species, specifically the different species of deer and an exotic range of birds and snakes.
The Guindy National Park is spread over a large area, but it is well-managed by the Tamil Nadu government. The main advantage of visiting this park is that it is within city limits, therefore easily approachable and considered an ideal weekend getaway with family.
The park is open throughout the year and photography is allowed inside the park. The gorgeous Black Bucks are the main attraction amongst the tourists. There are two parks within GNP, a children’s park which is a favorite spot of the young kids, and a snake park that is exclusively for snakes and reptiles. The Children's Park and the Snake Park have separate entrances and nominal yet independent entry charges.
- Location: 259, Anna Salai, DMS Compound, IV Floor, Teynampet, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India- 600006
- Timings: 9.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. (Closed on Tuesday)
- Entry Fee: Adults: Rs 15/,Children (5-12 yrs): Rs10/-
Guindy Snake ParkThe Guindy Snake Park, it is located within the Guindy National Park campus and next to the Children's Park. The park is home to wide species of snakes such as pythons, vipers, cobras and other reptiles.
Also, like the Arignar Anna Zoological Park, there are provisions for captive breeding of endangered species of snakes and crocodiles out here. The exclusive snake show is quite entertaining and educational for the people visiting the zoo.
They interpret the process of venom extraction and give demo on the local snake stuffs. The show timings are at 10.00 AM, 1PM, 3 PM and 4.30 PM every day. Over all this a great place to hang out if you are in Chennai.
The timings, location & entry fees of the Guindy Snake Park is the same as that of the Guindy National Park.
Madras Crocodile Bank
The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Center for Herpetology, or the CrocoBank is a reptiles’ zoo with one of the world’s largest collection of crocodiles, alligators and its endangered species. As the name suggests, it is also a herpetology research center.
It is located around 40 kms from Chennai. This major crocodile breeding center has now turned into a holiday entertainer for the people in Chennai. It was originally promoted for the conservation of reptiles and their habitats through breeding and scientific research development.
Along with crocodile breeding, it also has provisions for snake breeding and venom extraction facilities. The CrocoBank runs a captive breeding program for the rare species of snakes, turtles and reptiles. It is an incredible view to see thousands of crocodiles lying together silently in the water banks. One can witness so many crocodiles at one place, which is a thrilling experience for all. Other than the crocodiles one can also see different varieties of snakes, lizards and turtles dwelling in this zoo.
- Location: Post Bag No 4, Mamallapuram-603 104, Tamil Nadu, S. India
- Timings: 10.00 a.m to 5.00 p.m (Closed on Monday)
- Entry Fee: Adults: Rs 35/,Children < 10 years : Rs10/-
Zoos and National Parks in and around Chennai
Know about other Wildlife Sanctuaries and Zoos in and around Chennai. A list of some is given below:
- Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary & National Park
176, Meenkarai Road,Pollachi,
Tel: (04259) 25356
- Mudumalai and Mukurthi National Parks and Sanctuary
Mount Stuart Hill,
Ooty – 643001
- Point Calimere Wildlife Sanctuary
Nagapattinam - 02
- Chennai Snake Park
Sardar Patel Road, Raj Bhavan
Chennai - 600022
Tel: (044) 22353623