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 zoos 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 wildanimals for display to visitors.