After spending an awesome time at the Araku valley, even my daughter became too fond of the natural settings. So the next destination that we visited was the Indira Gandhi zoological park
situated in the Eastern Ghats which is bestowed with scenic beauty. This zoological park flaunts the Bay of Bengal on its east and is flanked by hills on the either side. The zoo is
operational and open to public access since 19th may 1977 and has developed into a preferred tourism site over time.
The park is spread over an area of 635 acres and is a premier recreational spot for tourists from far off places as well as for Visakha residents. Though still in its process of development this zoological park of Vizag can be considered as one of the best in the world accruing to its scenic rugged terrain as well as variety of flora and fauna that encompasses this area.
This modern zoological park has been set up with three main goals; firstly, conservation of the critically endangered species of the endemic fauna of the Eastern Ghats. Secondly, it focuses on propagation of public awareness regarding the value of wildlife and educating the masses for environmental conservation. Lastly, this zoological park also fulfills the purpose of wildlife research in order to conserve and manage it efficiently.
The Indira Gandhi zoo inhibits around 80 species of animals, with a total strength of 800 individuals. The zoo has been laid out in a well planned and organized way, with different sections for different varieties of animals such as, carnivores, primates, small mammals, lesser carnivores, ungulates, birds and reptiles. Sanvi was amazed to be around such diverse collection of creatures and was very inquisitive about them.
The zoo is a delight to visit and is open all round the year for visitors except for Mondays. The timings for visit are 900 hours to 1700 hours. The zoo charges fee for admittance which is very