This zoo in Mysore is named after its 'creator' Maharaja Chamaraja Wodeyar.This king was a nature enthusiast and created a lot of gardens and parks in the city.This zoo is said to be inaugurated in 1892 as a part of his Summer palace in an area of 10 acres.He took special care and interest to see that the animals were housed in comfort and were close to their natural habitat.Till date the same enclosures are being used.After a few years it was expanded to around 45 acres and the King felt he had to share his pleasure with the people and threw it open for public viewing.Now the zoo is housed in 250 acres!
This zoo has some artificial lakes and a lot of trees.We went there on a rather sunny morning and thanks to the trees we were protected from the scorching sun.
I don't want to bore you with too many pictures of birds and animals.So,what you see below are just a few clicks -the animals and birds that she liked...
At the entrance we were greeted by the Giraffes' trotting here and there.Lil angel loved them.
Her name is Susheela and she is a Tapir and this is the first time I ever saw a tapir! Near the enclosures there are several boards that talk about the animals inside.It is very informative and educative.
Lil Angel excited to see a Rhino!
They have both the types of Elephants - Indian and African and she loves them both!
A deer wandering away while the rest of the herd were resting under the shade of the trees.
Lil Angel refused to be led away from the pelican.I really don't know what she was so impressed with and we had to forcefully take her to see the other birds and animals.
We saw this tree with strange looking fruits on them.Any idea what it is?
If you feel that walking around the zoo is too tiresome,you can buy tickets for ta ride in the battery operated car tour through the zoo which stops at certain points for you to stroll around and get back in again.But we preferred to walk with Lil Angel enjoying a ride in her stroller.
The most interesting aspect in this zoo is the 'Animal adoption program', where you can adopt an animal and your name is put up on the board in its enclosure. This adoption is valid for a year and can be renewed if needed.You get a certificate of application and free entrance to the zoo for that period!
The zoo is open from 8.30 to 5.30 everyday except Tuesdays.There is an entrance fee for kids and adults and fee is charged fro using cameras and video cameras.[The fee structure may change hence I have not mentioned it here.]
In my next post let us visit the famous Chamundi hills...