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Aug 16, 2011

Residents of Vandalur Zoo

Welcome you to Arignar Anna Zoological Park, (அறிஞர் அண்ணா உயிரியல் பூங்கா) Vandalur, Chennai. This is also known as 'Vandalur Zoo' which is spread on aprrox. 600 hectares of land in the sub-urbs of chennai. As no vehicles are alllowed inside the park, you can either walk it up or hire the bicycles to meet the residents who are staying far away from each other wiith their privacy. There is a battery operated vehicle available which will take you tour around the park. Also Lion Safari (whcih was available when we visited) is available but there is a long wait to get the queue to see the asiatic lions. Everywhere in the park you can see the flora and fauna giving greenery to the park.

It houses various species of animals, birds & insects (nocturnal too) in separate enclosures. the wonderful sight you will have is at the Tiger's place. You can pack your lunch and cooly sit in the shade of the big tree near its enclosure and eagerly wait to watch the big beast to come out of its camouflage. Its a pity scene to see some stupid people trying to throw stones into the enclosure and hit the poor majestic beast and provoking it. It is separated by a big moat from the neighbouring enclosure of spotted dears - the prey of tigers roaming happily without any fear in front of the predator's eyes.

Let me introduce to some of them whom i have captured in my camera.

the black long tailed monkeys welcome you when you enter the park.

the Gaur or the Indian Bison is a very powerful animal which even a tiger will opt for a prey only when it is left with no other option for food. Only an experienced tiger can kill a bison. See the muscles it has developed without the help of a gym.
Indian Bison / Gaur

A small adolescent peacock trying to dance with its 'forming' tail spread.
Are you able to spot two tigers in this photo? two male tigers in separate encloures in open. It was a wonderful sight to see it.

Black Jaguar

dearies, sorry i have lost some of the photos :-(  hence could upload only a few here right now. Let me check whether i could retrieve the others.


Dr Sonia S V said...

Mira I am an animal lover too but I am yet to visit this zoo. Thank You for all the info

Mira said...

A trip around this zoo will also give you a nice work out but for chennai climate it will be little tiring as the season always is humid and hot.

Mahalakshmi said...

Mira dear....nice pictures with good clarity....by the way when did u visited vandalur...(i am staying near vandalur)...

Sharmigk said...

Hi Mira,

Nice pictures...Vandalur zoo is one of my favourite place too. Iam residing in Tambaram near vandalur...did you visit recently??.Missed to meet you..

@Maha - Hope to meet you soon :-)

Mira said...

Thank you Lakshmi, I visited this park 3 years back when i was staying in Tambaram. Now i am in Mumbai :-)

Mira said...

Sharmi, glad to know its your favourite too. I was staying in Tambaram 3 years back and i visited the zoo quite frequently most of the time forgetting my camera! ha.ha.....

Mira said...

Lakshmi, Sharmi are you in Indus Ladies?

Sharmigk said...

Hi Mira,

This is Sharthi from IL....sorry i forgot to mention since i was excited to write my comment :-)

Mahalakshmi - Chellama in IL.

Mira said...

Oh thank you so much sharmi. Nice to have you both here. YOu have not shared your profile, hence could not get your mail id. Your blog is also not linked to your profile. please do give the link and take my mail id and mail me yours. we will be in touch :-)

Sharmigk said...

Hi Mira,

I was out of station...so couldnt reply back immediately. I havent created any blog dear. My mail id is sharmi_ece@yahoo.co.uk. Will be waiting for your mail.

Mira said...

Thanks sharmi :-) Meet me in your inbox

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