Thursday, August 04, 2011

Vandaloor Zoo, Chennai (Anna Zoological Park) Photos

Just sharing a set of decent photos clicked during a recent visit to Vandaloor Zoo in Chennai.

During our lion safari, driver forced the beasts to come out of their hideouts by repeated honking. I guess they came out in anticipation of food, walked around the caged van while we took some photos. Missed some good shots as my camera was irritatingly focusing on the wires of the mesh placed outside van windows, instead of focusing on the animal behind it.
In their captive environment these beasts looked dull and inactive. No other dangerous animal (tiger for example) could be spotted and we came back from restricted areas.

Bird area had lot of painted storks, pelicans and more.
Above: A pelican busy cleaning its body using its long neck. Below: an Egret
Below: A night heron sitting on her eggs and heating them up...
Another painted stork
Few other animals: Crocodile
Zoo also has an aquarium with nice fishes, a snake park, few other animals like Chimpanzee, Elephant, bears, few more varieties of crocodiles etc. I don't have quality photo of these hence skipping.

BSA offers cycle rentals within zoo campus and it is a nice offering. Two seat, dual pedal cycles are in high demand there.

Entry fee is Rs 20 per person, lion safari fee is also Rs 20 per person. Compare this with what it costs to enter Bannerghatta or other zoos/parks in Karnataka.

Thanks to Ram for naming some of the birds above.

Similar: Birds at KaranjikereBirds at Bheemeshwari * Birds at Lodhi Garden Delhi * Dancing Peacocks * Jurong Bird Park, Singapore * Koundinya Wildlife Sanctuary, AP * Bannerghatta national park *


RamesH said...

Very nice shots of the animals and birds.

Anu said...

nice pics, in spite of the mesh!!! its been ages since i visited this place....

Indrani said...

Great captures, quite a variety.

Rajesh said...

Wonderful shots. So many animals there.

Arti said...

Fabulous captures! Loved all of them!

Shrinidhi Hande said...

Thanks Ramesh, Anu, Indrani, Rajesh and Arti

Vijay Menon said...

Wow! Awesome shots.

....Here I Am!

Shrinidhi Hande said...

Thanks Menon

The wild said...

Lets get the facts right purely based on merit

Mysore zoo - 40
Bannerghatta zoo - 160 (includes safari)

1)Mysore zoo is one of the best in the country,the animals are so healthy and well treated
2)It has one of the best breeding programmes for wild animals and exchange programmes in the entire country

Coming to Bannerghatta ,no doubt the price is a tad higher ,but the reason for that is that bannerghatta is a national park where all captured wild animals from circuses ,animals injured by hunters are brought from all over karnataka and kept for life since they can no longer survive in the wild

The tiger safari there is world class-it is the better than mysore zoo.Recently there was a severe crunch -which lead to death of animals due to food poisoning and old age.This was one of the major factors why the prices were raised

Even with this hike -what matters is the quality.both these zoos win hands down

Shrinidhi Hande said...

Agree, both Mysore n Bghatta are relatvely better.

I read entry fees have been hiked across Karnataka for national parks...

sheril benedict said...

Very nice snaps ...awesome clicks !!

Joshi Mukard said...

Photo number 5, 6, 7, 8 are superb.

sathish kumar said...

Lion snapshot r very nice ce

Shrinidhi Hande said...

Thanks Sathish, Joshi, Sheril