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“One of the better maintained Zoos in India”

Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens, popularly known as ‘Mysuru Zoo’, is one of the oldest zoos of the country established in 1892, by His Highness, the erstwhile Ruler of Mysuru Sri Chamarajendra Wadiyar Bahadur. Mysuru Zoo holds an important place in Karnataka. In 1909 the Palace Zoo was named as Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens to commemorate the illustrious founder and since then it bears the nomenclature. Mysuru Zoo has gradually grown into tourist centre, imparting wildlife values. It has got 123 years of history exhibiting wild animals in the near natural enclosures. Despite majority of the zoos have been shifted from the original place to the new places, Mysuru Zoo could modernize the zoo, without shifting the zoo. The zoo is well compacted unit, with modern animal enclosures including heritage buildings attracting tourists all over the world.
Bangalore, Karnataka, India
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“One of the better maintained Zoos in India”
Reviewed 2 December 2013

Tigers, panthers, Elephants, Gorillas, Giraffes, Rhino go a good accommodation (admit, it is still a 'jail' for them... :() while birds are not so well put up.

Highlights for us was watching Tigers (Amulya, Ram, Laxman etc) and Giraffes...

Visited November 2013
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Bengaluru, India
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“Captivating”
Reviewed 25 November 2013

It had been ages that we had been to a zoo and definitely well past the childhood stage! The Mysore zoo's entry fee is quite steep in comparison to other zoos and only after entering there we realized why it had been so! The majestic giraffes welcoming you at the entrance just take your breath away and lo and behold you become a child once again. The parrots with their array of colours, the cuckatoos with their shrillness and the wide array of birds were quite a sight for sore eyes. The huge anaconda and other scaly reptiles were as scary as fascinating.
The zoo has been quite well maintained and run several programe to boost visitor involvement such as adopt an animal campaign, volunteer work etc.
The lush greenery and the cool climes made it quite a day outing.

Visited November 2013
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Navi Mumbai, India
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“The pleasant and the unpleasant experience at the zoo”
Reviewed 24 November 2013

The zoo was worth a visit and one needs 2-3 hours to enjoy. The varied species in the zoo were in good health and given enough room. The other positive aspects were:
1. Names of those adopted the birds and animals were displayed at the enclosures-a practice not seen at other zoos. This apart from providing some revenue to the zoo makes them accountable for good upkeep as well.
2. The entire garden was free of litters which one usually sees in public places in India; also free of plastics. For visitors to relax and have refreshments there was separate enclosure provided at the entrance which was also litter/plastic free.
3. The well maintained lawns and a large number of tree species added to the ambience.

On the negative side:
1. The stink of the toilets was overbearing which prevented one venturing into. It was clear that the maintenance was not up to the level warranted by the usage. If some organisations could adopt the toilets, as the animal species, it would have a salutary effect. The lack of clean toilets is that puts off every tourist visiting India and not given due importance.
2. The otherwise pleasant experience was marred by an incident at the time of our leaving, as the security staff at the parking lot opposite the zoo, insisting us to produce the receipt for the parking fee paid at the gate. As it happened there were cars honking behind and we didn't have the amount of Rs 30 ready. As security person at the gate was asking us to hurry up, we did not bother to collect the receipt at the time of entry after making payment and pushed off. On explaining these and offering to pay the entrance fee once again, the staff did not allow us to take the vehicle, at 6.15 PM when it was all dark. He asked us to meet the security officer at the zoo across the road. To cross over the road in the traffic was a daunting task. On telling the story once again and offering to pay the parking fee did not seem to satisfy the security officer Mr Chandrashekar. He told us that it was our duty to get the receipt as it was written over there. Admitting our mistake we once again offered to pay the parking fee and the fine; but he would not relent. Ultimately he said that he could release the vehicle if we gave him a copy of the registration of the vehicle. Not knowing how that would serve his purpose than just noting down the vehicle No, we complied with his demand and got the vehicle released at 6.30 PM. This is to forewarn the visitors to insist for a receipt and preserve it in order to avoid harassment from the whimsical security staff of the zoo; also to keep the original of the vehicle registration with you always.

Visited November 2013
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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“Well maintained zoo with some exotic animals”
Reviewed 24 November 2013

If you are visiting Mysore you must make a trip to this zoo as it is in almost the city centre and has some exotic animals. There are various birds from around the globe to start with. There are giraffes, and the majestic Gaur amongst the herbivores. Of all the animals most visitors are attracted towards the 4 tigers that are kept in 2 separate enclosures. Through their cages they seem to be always sniffing and playing with each other. But of all the animals for me the most exciting and exotic was the tapir from south america which is also a very reclusive creature by nature.

The place was well maintained with all the creatures looking healthy and the visitor pathway were also lined with a good number of trees. ther ewas also a paid taxi which tours around the whole zoo.

All in all a good place to visit for recreation and updating our knowledge on the fauna of this planet.

Visited November 2013
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Navi Mumbai, India
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“Forest like Zoo”
Reviewed 22 November 2013

One need to spend atleast 3 hours to have a descent view of this zoo, which has around 2 kms road to cover. Lots of wild animals/birds are present in this Zoo. There is a shop for purchasing wildlife themed merchandise. Also eateries present inside the zoo can help you fetch some mini meals.

Visited November 2013
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