Indira Gandhi Zoological Park is located amidst Kambalakonda Reserve Forest in Visakhapatnam.
This Zoological Park is named after The Former Prime Minister Of India, Mrs. Indira Gandhi. It was declared open to the public on 19 May 1977. It covers an area of 625 acres (253 ha). It is situated in Visakhapatnam amidst the scenic Eastern Ghats of India. It is surrounded by Eastern Ghats on 3 sides and Bay of Bengal on the fourth side. Nearly eighty species of animals numbering to about eight hundred are present in the zoo. The Zoo Park has different sections for primates, carnivores, lesser carnivores, small mammals, reptiles, ungulates and birds caged in their natural ambiance.
The Zoo Park is about 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) from the Visakhapatnam railway station on the NH5 near Madhurwada. It has two Entrance and Exit gates oppositely. One towards NH5 and the other towards Beach road at Sagarnagar. It is open to public on all days of the week except Monday.
A Biosphere learning center and a Library are present inside the Zoo Park near the Canteen.
In an area of 625 acre the zoological Park located among the KAMBALAKONDA WILDLIFE SANTUARY.
There are nearly 80 Species of Animals, Birds and Reptiles in the Zoo.
The zoo has enclosures of primates, carnivores, lesser carnivores, small mammals, reptiles, ungulates and birds aviaries with a well planned layout, a Jungle along a water body inside the Zoo park. The animal exhibits in the Zoo park are as follows:
Endemic: Pelicans (Rosy and Grey), Painted Storks, Peafowls, Ducks, Spotted Doves, love birds, Parakeets, Eagles, Vultures.
Endemic: Common Langur (Hanuman Monkey), Bonnet Monkey (Common Indian Monkey), Rhesus Monkey.
Exotic: Baboons(Sacred and Olive)
Endemic:Pythons, Snakes, Land Tortoises, Terrapins, Water Monitor Lizards, Monitor Lizards, Mugger Crocodile, Gharial.
Along with this a Nocturnal Animal House consists of Owls, Porcupines, Civets in the Zoo Park at Visakhapatnam.
The INDIRA GANDHI ZOOLOGICAL park also performs activities such as celebrating WORLD FORESTRY DAY,WORLD SPARROW DAY,WORLD WILDLIFE WEEK each year.there is also an education centre –Bio scope in-order to raise awareness among the visitors about the wildlife.The centre has an auditorium screening film shows(daily 11am to 1pm and 3pm to 4pm),library and interpretation centre.
Drinking water RO’s with purified cool water at many locations inside the park.There are also benches ,shelters and wheelchairs available at the office.Battery operated eco-friendly vehicles are available @200/head for roaming in the zoo.
A separate section is specially built for butterflies,moths etc..it is only open during the day as the butterflies,moths cannot fly during the night due to mist.If mist gets collected on their feathers then due to the weight it makes them difficult to fly.On the walls of the small section the picture of every specie of butterfly with the scientific name is written to provide good knowledge to visitors. the section also contains beautiful flowers and other plants as the butterflies require nectar from the flowers.