Arignar Anna Zoological Park is situated at Vandalur, which is about 35 km from the city of Chennai. Arignar Anna Zoological Park originated within Chennai city near Park Town in the year 1855. But due to expansion, it was moved out of the city in 1877.
In 1979, the zoo was shifted to Vandalur Reserve Forest which gave it the name ‘Vandalur Zoo’. Vandalur Zoo was renamed as Arignar Anna Zoological Park after the famous Tamil politician, Arignar Anna.
Arignar Anna Zoological Park, which was opened to the public in 1985, is considered among the largest zoos in South Asia. The zoo is home to more than 170 species of mammals, birds and reptiles.
Some of the species spotted in the zoo are barking deer, sambar, blackbuck, nilgai, Nilgiri langur, lion-tailed macaque, babboon, llama, otter, tiger, jaguar, star tortoises, etc.
Lion Safari Park and Deer Safari Park are the other major attractions of this zoo where the animals can be seen in their natural habitat. Elephant Safari is also very popular. Nocturnal Section, Reptile Section, aquarium and library are the other features of this zoo.