The Indira Gandhi Zoological Park is located
in Vishakhapatnam amidst the
scenic eastern ghats of India, flanked by hills on either side and Bay of
Bengal on the east. It was declared open to the public on 19th May 1977.
This park spreads over 425 acres of land. It is one of the largest Zoo
Parks in Andhra Pradesh. It has a rich and
varied collection of over 80 wild species.
The primates comprise various monkeys - the common Langur, Rhesus monkey, Bonnet Monkey and also include certain other exotic fauna like Mandrills, Olive Baboons and Sacred Baboons.
The zoo houses carnivores like Panthers, Tigers, Lions, Pumas and Jaguars and Lesser Wolves, Jackals, Wild dogs, Hyena, Rattle etc. The Hippopotamus is a special attraction to the zoo. There are also three Indian Crocodile species in the Crocodile complex. The reptiles like Pythons, Snakes, Land Tortoises, Terrapins, Water Monitor Lizards, Monitor Lizards etc can be seen over here too. Elephant, Bison, Sambar, Spotted Deer, Nilgai, Barking Deer and Thamin Deer are the collection in Herbivores section.
The bird's section has varied collection from Eastern Ghats, which is a special attraction in the Zoo. The collection consists of Grey Pelicans, Rosy Pelicans, Pied Horn bills, Painted Storks, Peacocks, Ducks, other ground birds and little beautiful lovebirds, and Budgerigars.
The management is also planning to construct nocturnal animal house, reptile house and enclosures for animals, apart from setting up Marine land complex on shores of the Bay of Bengal in an area of hundred acres.
The Zoo is open round the year and but is closed on Mondays. The timings are Timings: 9.00 am to 5.00 pm.
Road & Rail: Vishakhapatnam is well connected by road and rail. For city tour one can take taxis and autos.
Hotel accommodation is available at Vishakhapatnam.