Chennai's zoo is located about an hour outside the city (past the airport and Tambaram). I've been wanting to go see it for many years, but hadn't heard very good things, so kept finding an excuse not to go.
Well, this past week I decided to go and take a whole lot of kids too. I was very pleasantly surprised. They've done a tremendous job. You can either hire a tram to drive around, or you could walk. They have lots and lots to see. And its very green. They also have little shaded areas where people can rest and re-energize.
Apart from the usual tigers, lions, hippos, monkeys, deer, giraffes, we saw some really unusual animals too:
The Cassowary Bird (native to Australia)
The White Siberian Tiger (I later learnt that its an albino form of a regular tiger, not a different species of tiger)
They even have a kangaroo! But he wouldn't come out from his little hideout, so we couldn't see him.
I heard the sad tale of the rhino that had just died a month earlier. When they did a post-mortem, they found soda cans, plastic bottles and packets of chips inside his stomach from all the food that was being fed to him by visitors. Although there are signs everywhere telling you not to feed the animals, the officials claim that no one listens.
They also organize a lion "safari" where you go in jeeps inside an almost-Jurassic Park-looking enclosure and see lions up close. Quite cool!
I recommend a visit to the zoo - its a really nice way to spend a 1/2 day.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Posted by Arundathi at 3:51 AM