Thursday, January 7, 2010
Established under the royal patronage of Maharaja Chamaraja Wodeyar in 1892, it is one of the oldest zoos in the world ! This zoo is located at a distance of around three kilometres from the city bus stand and two kilometers from the Mysore Palace.
The official name for the zoo is Shri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens.
The Zoological Garden was carved out of a portion of the Summer Palace also known as the Pleasure Palace, which was in the eastern part of the city.
Spread over an area of 250 acres, it houses around 1500 animals including giraffes, gorilla, lion, elephants and vast variety of birds which include parakeets, peacocks, storks, in spacious enclosures. A well equipped veterinary hospital is also present in the premises.
This zoo was also the first in the country to obtain gorilla and penguin’s.
Karanji Lake is a part of this zoo, which attracts about 45 varieties of birds some of which migrate here from far away places.
Note: The Mysore zoo is open from 8.30 am to 5.30 pm on all days except Tuesdays.