Mysore Zoo in India

Mysore Zoo
Mysore Zoo is among the few in India exhibiting african elephants, and the only one to breed them.
Mysore Zoo is among the few in India exhibiting african elephants, and the only one to breed them.

Local name Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens

Owner -1948: Jayachamarajendra Wadiyar
1948-1979: Karnataka horticulture
1979-now: Zoo Authority of Karnataka, under Forest department
Size157-acre (64 ha)
Total nrs1450
Opened for public1902
Number of species168
Number of animals1450
Address Zoo Main Road, Indira Nagar, Ittige Gudu
Zip-code 570 010
Place Mysore
Country India
Website Website

Directors1907-1948: Mr. Huge, from Australia.
?-1988: Krishne Gowda
?-2018: Mr C Ravishankar
2018-now: Ajit Kulkarni

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Mysore Zoo, located at Zoo Main Road, Indira Nagar, Ittige Gudu, in Mysore, Karnataka, India , was founded in 1892, opened for public in 1902.

Living elephants

At the Mysore Zoo lives 14 elephants with records in this database: (detail list)
  1. Abhi born 2004-11-00
  2. Airavathi born 2003
  3. Drona born 2004
  4. Gajalaxmi born 1980-00-00
  5. Ishwarya born 2001
  6. Jayaprakash
  7. Kollegala born 2002
  8. Lakshmi born 2008
  9. Madesha born 2007-06-12
  10. Padmavathi
  11. Parvathi born 2017-07-21
  12. Raja born 2008
  13. Rama born 1995
  14. Richie born 1995

Comments / picturesSri Chamarajendra Zoological gardens is the Zoo in Mysore, the capitol of the state Karnataka in India. Mysore is also famous for its beautiful procession, the Dassahra, which normally occurs in October. Elephant bulls, camels and horses are used for the processions, and a bull always carries the golden Howdah where the maharadja of Mysore used to sit in the old days.

1892: the 23rd ruler of the Yadu dynasty, Sri Chamarajendra Wodeyar, anointed Maharaja of Mysuru in 1881 at the tender age of 18, who established the zoo in 1892. The zoo was designed by a German horticulturist and landscaper, Mr G.H. Krumbeigal, architect of the Brindavan Garden near Mysuru and the Cubbon Park in Bengaluru.

1902: The gates were open to the public since 1902.

1909: The zoo was renamed after its founder in 1909.

1984: The animal adoption program was introduced in 1984.

2004: In 2004 two elephants died under strange circumstances out of poison.

2009: According to Dr B K Gupta, evaluation and monitoring officer of CZA, India had 140 elephants in 26 zoos and 16 circuses as on March 31 2009. "Of these, Mysore and Trivandrum had the largest number at 9 and 8 respectively.

2019-10-20 This Dasara, the Mysuru zoo attracted more visitors, improving its revenue. In a span of 10 days, 1.65 lakh people visited the zoo and the gate revenue realised was 1.59 crore. A record number of tourists visited the zoo on the day of Ayudha Puja and Vijayadashami, which were public holidays. A total of 30,273 people came on Ayudha Puja and 28,386 on Vijayadashami, realising a revenue of 29.27 lakh and 28.28 lakh respectively. This is the biggest earnings for the zoo in a single day.

2020: Mysore Zoo also setup a quarantine station at Koorgalli Rescue And Rehabilitation center

References for records about Mysore Zoo

Recommended Citation

Koehl, Dan (2024). Mysore Zoo, Elephant Encyclopedia. Available online at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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DateLinks which opens in new window
Elephant to be shifted to vizag zoo - Elephant News
2020-10-02Sudha murthy donates 20 lakh to mysuru zoo - Elephant News
2019-10-20Mysuru zoo gets record number of visitors, thanks to dasara - Elephant News
2020-10-03Many kannada movie stars adopting animals - Elephant News

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