Are you a nature lover or animal lover? If you are, then you must visit the these biggest zoological gardens in India. They are not only a place where animals reside but also a place of adventure and offers a lot to explore nature’s creatures. Zoo and zoological parks are the best places to spend a nice time with family and kids.
We have brought you the lost of five biggest zoological parks and their “must visit” reasons.
Here is the list of Biggest zoo in India –
1. Arignar Anna Zoological Park – Arignar Anna Zoological Park is also known as the Vandalur Zoo. This park is located in Vandalur, in the South Eastern Part of Chennai, Tamil Nadu. It was established in 1855 and is the first public zoo in India. The Zoological garden is about 3.1 kilometers from Chennai Airport. In Anna Zoological garden bicycles, battery-operated vehicle and van facilities are also available for the visitors inside the garden. This zoo boasts of many special attractions such as Virtual Reality show with a 360-degree view of the jungle safari and underwater marine show. Also, the Aquarium in this zoo is modeled like a shark, where its entrance and exits are in the form of gills. Alongside these, it boasts of a wildlife museum and a souvenir shop.
2. Sanjay Gandhi Biological Park – Sanjay Gandhi Jaivik Udhyan is situated in Bailey Road in the Patna City of Bihar. It consists of a zoo and a Botanical Garden which was established in the year 1969 as a Botanical Garden and opened to the public as a zoo in the year 1973. The Jaivik Udyan is spread over 153 acres and is a center of attraction for people. The biological park is 6 km from Patna Junction and the nearest airport is Jayprakash Narayan Airport.
Sanjay Gandhi Biological Park is legendary for Captive Royal Bengal tiger in its normal and white variant. The Patna zoo makes considerable effort to conserve and propagate species from around the world. The zoo is successful in breeding many captive wild animals and got the world’s attention after the successful breeding of Rhinoceros. The zoo has a 3-D theatre-cum-zoo interpretation center built with a seating facility of 150 people at a time. Also, it has a separate rose garden with a wide variety of roses and herbal garden which is used to showcase the benefits of herbs. Herbal garden is visited by a large number of students from schools and colleges for educational purposes.
3. Alipore Zoological Garden – Alipore Zoological Garden is formally known as Calcutta zoo was established in 1875 and is one of the oldest zoos in the country. The garden has been open as a zoo since 1876. Alipore Garden is India’s oldest garden situated in Kolkata, West Bengal. The zoo is spread over 46.48 acres. Located in the heart of the city this zoo attracts more than 35 lakh visitors in a year also due to its affordable ticket prices which start from rupees 5 for aquarium.
Around 1200 animals of 108 species are kept in this zoo. This zoo is well known for the Aldabra giant tortoise ‘Adwaita’, a tortoise who had lived for over 250 years before he died in the year 2006.
4. Nandankanan Zoological Park and Botanical Garden – Nandankanan Zoological Park and Botanical Garden was established in 1960 and opened to the public in 1979 in Bhubaneshwar, Odisha. It is the second largest zoo in India and is spread over 437 hectares. It is the first zoo in India that joined the world Association of zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) in the year 2009.
This zoo is situated adjacent to the Chandaka-Dampara Wildlife Sanctuary, and it is the first zoo in India with a white tiger safari. Alongside this, it also offers Lion Safari, Bear Safari, and herbivore safari where we can spot deers, sambhars, etc. It also boasts of a unique butterfly garden.
5. Assam State Zoo and Botanical Garden – Assam State Zoo and Botanical Garden is the largest garden in the North East Region in India, located within the Hengrabari reserved forest, Guwahati. The zoo is spread over 432 acres. It was opened to the public in 1958. The zoo represents 113 species of animals and birds from around the world and is home to about 895 animals and reptiles. The zoo contains a wide variety of flora and fauna and currently, it contains 112 species. This zoo is home to the exotic one-horned Rhinoceros which is native to the Indian subcontinent. Also, this zoo houses a white tiger and black panther which are among the rare species.