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Sri Venkateswara Zoological Park

 

Sri Venkateswara Zoological Park of Andhra Pradesh is famous as “small zoo”, providing shelter to various animals, birds and reptiles. The Zoological Park has been established on modern concepts of Zoo Management, wherein the animals are inhabited near natural enclosures resembling their natural habitat. The Park is named after “Sri Venkateswara” the Lord of Seven Hills in Tirupati. Developed under Mythological Theme, the Park highlights the role of wild animals in Mythology, ancient texts like the epics of Ramayana, Mahabharata, Puranas, Vedas and Upanishads.

About Sri Venkateswara Zoological Park
Sri Venkateswara National Park is located in the Chittoor and Cuddapah districts of Andhra Pradesh. It was officially declared as a National Park in the year 1998 and the vegetation here consists of dry deciduous mixed forest with patches of moist deciduous forests in the valleys. Sri Venkateswara National Park comprises the Seshachalam hill ranges with the abode of Lord Venkateswara in its midst.

Geography
The terrain of Sri Venkateswara Zoological Park is undulating with forest covered valleys. The forests receives most of the rainfall during the northeast monsoon and a little during the southwest monsoon. The vegetation here is a mix of dry deciduous and moist deciduous types.

Flora
There are many floral species found in the park. The dominant species are Red Sanders, Shorea talura, Shorea thumburggaia, Terminalia pallida, Sandalwood, Cycas beddomei, Syzygium alternifolium, Psilotum nudam, Acacia Sundra, Bauhinia Racemosa, Aegle Marmelos, Atlantia Monophylia, Azadirachta Indica, Madhuca Indica, Pterocarpus Santalinus etc.

Fauna
Mammals – Tiger, Panther, Sloth Bear, Sambar, Cheetal, Mouse Deer, Barking Deer, Wild Boar, Wild Dog, Hyena, Jackal, etc.

Birds – Common Peafowl, Grey Pelican, Purple Heron, Demoiselle Crane, White Ibis, White-Necked Stork, Brahminy Duck, Painted Stork, Common Teal, Lesser Whistling Teal, Pintail, White Breasted Waterhen, Cotton Teal, etc.

Reptiles – Marsh Crocodile, Indian Pond Terrapin, Starred Tortoise, Golden Gecko, Gliding Lizard, Cobra, House Gecko, Termite Gecko, Common Skink, Rat Snake, Indian Python, etc.

Best time to Visit
Sri Venkateswara National Park is open throughout the year, but the best time to visit the Park is during the period of November to February.

Timings
Summer: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Winter: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

How to Reach
By Air – Nearest airport is Tirupati airport located about 21 km from the Sri Venkateswara National Park. Tirupati airport is well connected by road to Sri Venkateswara National Park.
By Rail – Nearest railway stations are Hyderabad and Tirupati railway stations. These railway stations are well connected by road to Sri Venkateswara National Park.
By Road – Sri Venkateswara National Park is well connected to Major Cities and Places by road network. There are a number of government and privately operated vehicles that go to Sri Venkateswara National Park at frequent intervals.



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