Location : Vandalur, 32 km from Chennai City
Attractions : Mammals, Birds and Reptiles
Area : The Anna zoological Park is spread over an area 510 Hectares
Best Time : Throughout the Year
Situated at Vandalur, in the outskirts of Chennai, the Anna zoological park is one of the modern zoos of India and the biggest in South East Asia. The zoological Park spreads over an area of about 510 hectares of dry evergreen forests. The terrain is gently undulating and the specially created open island type enclosures make the animals inside the zoo, feel in their natural habitat. After its opening in 1995, the Park has seen many additions like the Nocturnal section, the Jurassic Park, reptile section etc.
Attractions Within Anna Zoological Park
Inside the zoological park, more than 170 species of mammals, aviaries and reptiles are exhibited. Some of the prominent animals inside the zoo are Barking Deer, Blackbuck, Sambar, Sangai, Nilgai, Wolf, Hog Deer, Jackal, Hyena, Otter, Llama, a number of Monkey species like Nilgiri Langur, Lion-tailed Macaque, Baboon, Hanuman Langur and Leaf-capped Langur. Besides the above-mentioned animals, there are tiger, Panther, Lion, Jaguar, Elephants, Giraffes and Camels. Elephant ride; Lion safari vehicle and battery-operated vehicles are some of the facilities available inside the zoological Park.
An interesting part of the zoological park is the educative information boards inside. Besides a variety of animal life, there's plenty of environment related information inside the zoo. Near every enclosed space, there are stone boards displaying information regarding the zoological name, feeding, mating and breeding habits of the animals. Trees, inside the Park, also display their botanical names and other details.
How to Reach
By Air : Regular flights connect Chennai with the major cities within India and also with countries like USA, Singapore, U.K etc.
By Rail : Chennai is well connected by rail with the important towns and cities of Tamilnadu and India.
By Road : State transport buses and private buses connect Chennai with the major towns and cities of Tamilnadu and neighboring states. Local trains, city buses, auto rickshaws and taxis are available for local transportation.