Indira Gandhi Zoological Park is one amongst the largest zoos of India, sited in the natural surroundings of a reserve forest. Sprawled in an area of 625 acres, the park was named after Indira Gandhi - the former Prime Minister of India. It was opened to the public in the year 1977. Located amidst Kambalakonda Reserve Forest in Visakhapatnam, the zoological park is surrounded by the Eastern Ghats on three sides and the Bay of Bengal on the fourth.
The Park houses almost eighty species, numbering to eight hundred
animals, in its expanse. Infact, it has special sections for primates,
carnivores, lesser carnivores, small mammals, ungulates, reptiles and
birds in their natural replicated enclosures. Amongst the primates, the
extra attention is gained by Rhesus monkey, Bonnet monkey, Mandrills,
Olive and Sacred baboons, whereas Panthers, Tigers, Lions, Pumas,
Jaguars, Wolves, Jackals, Hyena, Ratel, etc are the major ones in
The section of Reptiles has Pythons, Tortoise, Terrapins, Monitor
lizards, Snakes and Water Monitor Lizards. In the range of Herbivores,
the park embraces Elephant, Bison, Sambar, Spotted deer and Thamin deer.
Regarding Avifauna, there are Grey/ Rosy pelicans, Pied hornbills,
Painted storks, Peacocks, Ducks, Love birds, Cockatiels, Macaws and
various other ground birds. You can also walk beside the aviaries, which
comprise a diverse collection of birds from the Eastern Ghats.
The animals like Himalayan Black Bear and Sloth Bear are kept in
separate huge enclosures. Apart from other animals and birds, the
special attraction at the park is made by the Hippopotamus and the
Crocodiles, which can be seen basking in the sun. It is for sure that an
expedition to this park would be fun for both, old and young. On your
trip to Andhra Pradesh, Indira Gandhi Zoological Park is certainly a