Location : Bahadurpur, at a distance of 16 km from Hyderabad
Established In : 1963
Significance : Largest zoo in India
Attractions : 1,500 species of animals and birds, Lion Safari Park, Natural History Museum and Museum of Pre-historic Animals
Nehru Zoological Park is credited with being the largest zoo in India. It is located at a distance of 16 km from Hyderabad and comes under the Bahadupur region. The park was named after Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India. For wildlife lovers, Nehru Zoological Park is the best place to explore the rich flora and fauna in its natural habitat. Sprawled over an area of approximately 300 acres, the zoo has a wide array of animals, birds and reptiles.
Indian Rhino, Asiatic Lions, Royal Bengal Tiger, White Tiger, Black Panther, Giraffes and Black Bears are some amongst the animals' treasure of the zoo. In case you are hunting for adventure and buzz, then you can take jeep safari of the Lion Park, a place with exclusive charm throughout the continent. Nehru Zoological Park is an abode to both, African and Indian Lions. If lucky enough, you may come across the Big Cats devouring their kill just a few feet away.
Apart from the animals, there are also reptiles, including Giant/Star Tortoises, Water Turtles, Chameleons, Hooded Indian Cobra, Monitor Lizards, Russell's Viper, Giant Rock-Python, Tree Snakes, Estuarine Crocodiles, etc. Amongst the herbivores, Nehru Zoological Park also boasts of Elephants, Rhinoceros, Hippopotamus, Zebras, Chousingha, American Bison, Chinkara, Antelopes, Black Buck, Deer, Sambar, Brow Antler Deer, etc.
Natural History Museum, which exhibits old artifacts and dummies of extinct animals, is another attraction at the park. In the periphery, there is a Nocturnal Birds Park also, housing atypical and exotic species of nocturnal birds and animals including owls and lemurs. There is another museum that displays pre-historic creatures which were present on the earth before the appearance of human race. Here, you can also see computerized dummies of dinosaurs and other pre-historic creatures, which look quite real.