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Old January 24th, 2018, 05:16 PM
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Default Re: Arignar Anna Zoological Park Vandalur Zoo Chennai

Arignar Anna Zoological Park also known as the Vandalur Zoo, is a zoological garden located in Vandalur, a suburb in the southwestern part of Chennai, Tamil Nadu, about 31 kilometres (19 mi) from the city centre and 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) from Chennai Airport.

Area Covered
Spread over an area of 602 hectares (1,490 acres), including a 92.45-hectare (228.4-acre) rescue and rehabilitation centre, the park is the largest zoological park in India. The zoo houses 2,553 species of flora and fauna across 1,265 acres (512 ha)

Species of the Arignar Anna Zoological Park

As of 2010, there were about 47 species of mammals, 63 species of birds, 31 species of reptiles, 5 species of amphibians, 28 species of fishes, and 10 species of insects in the park

As of 2012 the park houses around 1,500 wild species, including 46 endangered species, in its 160 enclosures.

Organization Structure

The Secretary to Government, Environment and Forest Department (Chairman)
The Secretary to Government, Finance Department (Member)
The Secretary to Government, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries Department (Member)
The Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Tamil Nadu (Member)
Vice-Chancellor, Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (Member)
Director, Department of Environment (Member)
Commissioner, Tourism Department (Member)
Principal Chief Conservator of Forests and Chief Wildlife Warden, Tamil Nadu (Member)
Chief Conservator of Forests and Director, AAZP (Member Secretary)

Animals at the park as of 30 June 2005 include:
Group Number of species Number of animals
Mammals 46 430
Birds 62 534
Reptiles 29 351
Amphibians 5 72
Fish 21 265
Total 163 1,657
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