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       This man-made zoological park is situated in the outskirts of the Chennai metropolitan. The forests are of dry deciduous and dry evergreen scrub types. It was in the year 1855 that the first zoo in India was established in Chennai. Later on in 1979 it was shifted to the 510 hectares of sprawling complex. This zoological park is said to be one of the biggest in South East Asia. The wild life population is exhibited in a large open mated island type enclosure with a simulated natural environment. More than 170 species of mammals, aviaries & reptiles are housed in this area. Lion safari vehicles, elephant rides, battery operated vehicles are some of the facilities available inside this park.
This park has a rainfall of about 1400 mm on an average. The nearest airport is Chennai (18 kms). The nearest railway station is Vandalur (1 km) and has a city bus terminal. This zoological park could be visited throughout the year and is a popular spot for the entire family.

The zoo is managed as per the guidelines, rules and regulations of Central Zoo Authority. The animal care, maintenance and welfare of captive animals are also the priority of the zoo. This is an innovative and unique zoo constantly educating visitors about wildlife conservation. This zoo is visited annually by about 10 Lakh [1 Million] people and is managed by experienced zoo staff and dedicated curators. This large open zoo provides enriched environment for the Wildlife and assures  longevity and quality of life  for  the animals. The animals are  well cared  for  by dedicated team of Zoo Veterinarians and  Biologists. Animals  exhibit,  very  natural  behavior because of  the  Biological, ecological  enrichment  provided for each animal as  per  the needs.
The natural habitat exhibits provide healthier lives for the animals in the zoo. 
The Zoo managed by the TamilNadu forest department plays a great role in



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