Located at a distance of 16 km from Hyderabad, Nehru Zoological Park was opened to the public in the year of 1963. It is situated near the historically important Mir Alam Tank, which is 200 year old and is the first multi-arch masonry dam in the world. Nehru Zoological Park is one of the largest zoos of India and one of the top sightseeing places to visit in Hyderabad. Run by the Forest department, Government of Telangana, the zoo has been named after Jawaharlal Nehru, the first prime minister of the country. Spread over an area of approximately 380 acres, the Nehru Zoo Park boasts of almost 1,500 species of birds, mammals and reptiles. Adding to the extensive varieties of wildlife, this zoo park is considered to be the first one where animals have been kept in zoological order.
History of Nehru Zoological Park Hyderabad
Nehru Zoological Park was established in the year 1959 while it was opened to the public on 6th October 1963. There has been many changes and additions since the conceptualization of the zoo park. For instance, in the year 1974, Lion Safari Park was started and the Nocturnal Animal House was established in 1982.Nehru zoological park Hyderabad was established with the objective of conserving and breeding of endangered species, specially the wild life of Deccan Plateau as well as rehabilitating them. Other objectives of establishing the Hyderabad zoo was to educate the public about wildlife and generate awareness and to facilitate researches on animal behaviour, their rehabilitation and breeding patterns.
Rich Fauna at Nehru Zoo
Avian Fauna- owls, pelicans, herons, vultures, storks, parrots, egrets, macaws, cranes, hornbills, eagles, cocktails, parakeets, ducks, love birds, pheasants, geese, lories.
Reptiles- Crocodiles such as marsh Crocodile, gharial, and salt water Crocodile, chaimen. Snakes such as king cobra, python, cobra, Russell's viper, sand boa, rat snake, green vine snake. Lizards such as monitor lizards, chameleon, green Laguna. Tortoise such as start tortoise, turtles, Indian softshell turtle, melanochelys turtle, red ear turtle.
Mammals- primates, herbivores, carnivores, omnivore and rodents. All kinds of species here. Indian rhinoceros, Asiatic lion, Bengal tiger, panther, gaur, Indian elephant, sambar deer, fishing cat, leopard cat, hyena, wolf, wild dog, fox, cheetah, jaguar, sloth bear, black bear, sun bear, wild boar, civets, swamp deer, hog deer, nilgai/ blue bull, blackbuck, giraffe, hippopotamus, chousingha, mouse deer, thamin deer, spotted deer, barking deer, hog deer, rodents like porcupines and giant squirrel; sacred baboon, red patas monkey, chimpanzee, lion tail macaque, bonnet macaque, rhesus macaque, olive baboon, common langur, nilgiri langur.
Things to Do at Nehru Zoo Park
Tiger & Lion Safari, Toy Train, Bicycle Rides, Buggy / Battery Operated Vehicles, Boating, Children’s Park, Jurassic Park, Butterfly Park, Weekly educational events, Aquarium, Museum, The nocturnal house