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Sri Venkateswara Zoological Park has been established on modern concepts of Zoo Management where in the animals are exhibited in wider and near natural enclosures resembling to their natural habitat. The Parks named after “Sri Venkateswara” the Lord of Seven Hills in Tirupati. Sri Venkateswara Zoological Park is developed on Mythological theme. It highlights the role of wild animals in Mythology, ancient texts like the epics of Ramayana, Mahabharata, Puranas, Vedas and Upanishads. The message of nature conservation with all its diversity is conveyed emphasizing the role of animal and plant life in Indian culture. Depiction of Matsya, Kurma, Varaha, Narasimha avatharas which are the incarnations of Lord Vishnu at the entrance of the Zoo makes the visitor aware of the mythological theme in which the zoo is developed. Similarly, a statue of Lord Ganesha, the God of wisdom and plenty, also symbolising the mega-herbivore Elephant is installed near the entrance of the zoo. Lord Ganesha has also been incorporated into the logo of the Zoo. Also an inscription at the entrance quotes “Beejam maam sarvabhootanam” – “ I am the eternal seed of all creation” which means that God exists in all living beings. The enclosures for most of the native faunal species have been given mythological names according to their role / relation described in any of the ancient scripts.

Sri Venkateswara Zoological Park spreads over an area of 1254.71 hectares in which 289 hectares is developed sofar. Presently, zoo houses 32 species of mammals, 49 species of birds and 7 species of reptiles.

Mythological theme :

Sri Venkateswara Zoological Park is being developed on a Mythological Theme emphasizing the role of animals, birds and reptiles in Indian Mythology. The Park is named after “Sri Venkateswara" the Lord of Seven Hills in Tirupati. Incarnations of Lord, Vishnu like Matsya, Kurma, Varaha, and Narasimha avathar idols are installed at the entrance of the Zoo park to orient the visitors toward Mythological Theme. It is believed that the elephant is the living incarnation of Lord Ganesha, an elephant-headed deity. Hence, a statue of Lord Ganesha is installed near the entrance of the Zoo park with a quote from Bhagavadgita "Beejam maam sarvabhootanam" - "I am the eternal seed of all creation" which means, God exists in all living beings.

The enclosures of animals, birds and reptiles in the Zoo have been named after their role described in the ancient epics. To symbolise the Mythological Theme of the Zoopark, as well as to propagate Wildlife conservation education the logo of the Zoo park is designed with the head of Lord Ganesha, an Elephant headed deity.The Motto of the Zoo park is “Jeeva karunyameva paramavadhihi"

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Logo and moto of zoo

Motto of the Zoo

“Jeevakarunyameva paramavadhiha”………Sanskrit

“love and compassion towards life is the heavenly path”………English

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HISTORY OF ZOO

It was decided to develop an ex-situ facility in the form of a Zoological Park in the Southern part of Andhra Pradesh i.e. in Tirupati forming part of the Sheshachalam forests, home to diverse flora and fauna of Eastern Ghats in the State. The area under the jurisdiction of Andhra Pradesh Forest department was allotted for this purpose. The foundation stone for the initiative was laid on 29.09.1987 by the then Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Sri.Dr.N.T. Rama Rao. Tirupati zoo was third of its kind in the erstwhile United Andhra Pradesh after Hyderabad Zoo and Vishakhapatnam Zoo Upon completion of few enclosures to house the captive animals, the Zoo was inaugurated on 30.04.1993, by the then Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Sri K.Vijaya Bhaskar Reddy. Since then 30th April is celebrated as ZOO FOUNDATION DAY every year. Now Sri Venkateswara Zoological Park, Tirupati is one among the two State zoo recognized by Central Zoo authority in the Andhra Pradesh and it is categorized as a Large Zoo in the year 2017.

The Zoo is being developed on Mythological theme, high lighting the role played by various animals / birds / reptiles in Indian Mythology. Presently there are 83 different species of mammals, birds and reptiles with a total of 1098 wild animals for display to visitors.