Madras Vandalur Zoo in India

Madras Vandalur Zoo
Local name Arignar Anna Zoological Park

First elephant arrived1979
Address GST Road, Vandalur-Kelambakkam Road
Zip-code 600048
Place Chennai
Country India
Website Website

Directors: Subbarayalu Naidu (director)

Key People


Elephant department

Head keepers
of elephants

Elephant keepers 1985-2000: B Maran
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Madras Vandalur Zoo, located at GST Road, Vandalur-Kelambakkam Road, in Chennai, India , was founded in 1979 and the first elephant arrived in 1979.

Living elephants

At the Madras Vandalur Zoo lives 9 elephants with records in this database: (detail list)
  1. Asokan
  2. Indira
  3. Narasimhan born 2009
  4. Periyanayagi
  5. Sagar born 2008
  6. Sharon born 2009
  7. unknown
  8. unknown born 2011-09-00
  9. unknown born 2010-12-21

Comments / picturesThe Zoo was initiated as an outsourced zoo from Vandalur Zoo in Chennai.

Founded in 1855, the old Madras Zoo, was situated in Peoples Park near Park Town. By 1975, the zoo had expanded and had to be moved out of the city. In 1979, the Tamil Nadu Forest Department set aside 1300 acres (5.2 kmö) on the outskirts of the city to build the current zoo, which is one of the largest in South Asia.

The new sprawling zoo on Vandalur-Kelambakkam Road was inaugurated by then Chief Minister M.G. Ramachandran.

The Arignar Anna Zoological Park, also known as the Vandalur Zoo, is located in Vandalur, 30 kilometers from the city of Chennai, India and 15 kilometers from Chennai Airport on GST Road.

References for records about Madras Vandalur Zoo

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Koehl, Dan (2023). Madras Vandalur Zoo, Elephant Encyclopedia. Available online at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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