Nehru Zoological Park
The Nehru Zoological park at Hyderabad is sprawled over a lush green area of 300 acres. This Park is a must visit for nature lovers, who are interested to see the best of nature.
The biggest Zoo in India, it has over 250 kind of animals and birds, most of which are kept in conditions as close to their natural habitats as possible. This is the first zoo to create moated enclosures for animals. The Lion Safari Park, Natural History Museum and Children's Train are the added attractions.
The Nehru Zoological Park which was declared open to the public on 6th October 1963 has bred some notable exotic and indigenous animals and birds like the Indian Rhino, Asiatic Lion, Tiger, Panther, Giraffe and Gaur etc., a number of Deer and Antelopes. In fact, animals bred in the Zoo have been distributed to various Deer parks and also sanctuaries for restoring the depleted animals.
The chimpanzee from Central Africa with a large open enclosure leads the group, followed by the colourful Mandrill, Orangutan, Sacred, Chacma, Olive and yellow Baboons (in open islands) Moustache and Sykes Guneon, Diana, Mona, DeBrazza, Vervet and Manga Monkeys all from Africa. South America is represented by Squirrel monkeys and Capuchin. Indian primates consist of the Rhesus, Bonnet, Stumptailed, Liontailed and Pig tailed monkeys Capped Nilgiri, Golden and Common Langurs.
The lions, both African and Indian are exhibited in this Zoo. It is a pleasure for the visitors to visit the only safari park for Indian Lions in Asia, with almost natural forest setting. The Tigers both white and normal have their own forest glades. The Panthers (normal&black) are exhibited in huge enclosures with rock cliffs. Others contain the Wolves, Jackals, Foxes and Hyena. The Weasel group is represented by Ratel and others.
The Bear, are represented by a group of Sloth-bears, Himalayan black bear in large moated enclosures.
Leading the group are the herd of Indian Elephants in a large grassy open enclosure, closely followed by the rare Great Indian Rhinoceros. Matching these are the groups of Hippopotamus from Africa standing proud with their young ones. The zebras and the American Bison occupy a place of honor in the Zoo with their Indian neighbours, the Gaur and the rare Indian wild Asses.
The pride possession among the deer is the group of Manipur or Brow Antler Deer which are almost extinct in the wild. The rodents are represented by the colourful Malabar Giant Squirrels, Malayan squirrels, Porcupines, Rabbits, Guinea pigs etc. The Zoo is successful in breeding all varieties of deer and are proud to revive and rehabilitate most of them in the wild.