After a decade the then Maharaja of Mysore Chamaraja Wadiyar ascended the throne, he opened the “Palace Zoo” in an 11-acre area as a private facility near Chamundi Hills in 1892. In 1909, the Palace Zoo was renamed as Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens.
The Mysore Zoo has been rated as the best Zoo in India receiving over three million visitors for the last two years; the Zoo introduced several tourist friendly facilities like online ticketing, food court, baby care units, Reverse Osmosis plants, restrooms.
The Mysore Zoo started on a 10-acre spread, is now spread over 78 acres, the Zoo is home to the breeding of few unique animal and bird species.
According to Kamala first executive director of the Mysore Zoological Garden said, the Mysore Zoo completed 125 years since its launch early this year.
The Mysore Zoo started celebration to mark 125th anniversary this year. The arrival of Shaurya, a pure Asiatic lion, from Gujarat’s Gir forest marked the informal beginning of the celebration as the zoo authorities have planned to get more animals in exchange for breeding.
Apart from the celebration with the adoption of more animals, the zoo has planned to redesign its web page, the main entrance of the Zoo and to bring out a short film in Kannada and English about the zoo’s history. “The Zoo authority lined up celebrations throughout the year but is waiting for a nod from the Zoo Authority of Karnataka”.
The Mysore Zoo also running animal adoption schemes where an individual or a corporate or a company can adopt their choice of animal for a period they wish by paying prescribed fee. The Zoo collected a considerable amount of revenue through animal adoption.
-(NAV, Inputs; Agencies)