Established In: 1963
Significance: Largest zoo in India
Attractions: 1,500 species of animals and birds, Lion Safari Park, Natural History Museum and Museum of Pre-historic Animals
Nehru Zoological Park is one of the largest zoo in India, located near Mir Alam Tank in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh. Nehru Zoological Park, Hyderabad was established in vide G.O.Ms. No.247,Dated 26 October 1959.It was declared open to the public on 6 Oct 1963.The park extends over 380 acres (1.5 km2), and is a premier recreation spot in the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad.The Nehru Zoological Park is run by the Forest department, Government of Andhra Pradesh. and named after the first prime minister of the country, Jawaharlal Nehru.
It is spread over an area of 380 acres and 600 acres (2.4 km2) Alam Tank lake and has a wide selection of animals - nearly 100 species of birds, animals and reptiles are housed here. The zoo runs different safari trips every day, such as Lion Safari, Tiger Safari, Bear Safari, and Butterfly Safari. Other attractions include elephant rides, a natural history museum, and a children's train, indigenous animals and birds, like the Indian Rhino, Asiatic Lion, Tiger, Panther, Gaur, Orangutan, Crocodile, Python etc., not to speak of number of Deer,Kangaroo, Antelopes and Birds. Several animals bred in the Zoo were rehabilitated in various Deer Parks and Sanctuaries to restock the depleted natural population. Zoological park opens from 0900 to 1700 hrs. and remains closed on all Mondays.
The Zoo's undulating landscape provides a natural setting to the Animals and Birds displayed in large enclosures simulating natural habitat The Miralam Tank covering nearly 600 acres (2.4 km2) with its unique multiple Arched Bund is 200 years old, attracts hundreds of migratory birds, providing yet another attraction for the Zoo. The A.P. Tourism Development Corporation has introduced a Ferry-boat and Speed-boat, which is attracting a lot of public for boat rides.
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