One of the well maintained, expansive and among the best zoos in Asia, the Nehru Zoological Park is home to more than 1,500 species of birds, animals, and reptiles. Located in the Bahadurpura area enroute the Acharya N G Ranga Agricultural University in Rajendranagar region of Hyderabad, the zoo can be reached after crossing Afzalgunj and the High Court. The zoo hosts different species such as mynahs, white peacocks, African Elephants, chimpanzees and rhinoceros.
The major attraction for visitors within the zoo is the Lion Safari. A van fenced with iron will take you through the gates of the safari. Here only one gate opens at a time and you will find yourself surrounded by an entirely different world of wild animals like lions, tigers, rhinos, panthers, wild oxen, etc. that roam freely in the wilderness of a jungle-like environment. Visitors can make their trip more interesting by visiting the pre-historic dinosaur park, a nocturnal zoo, a natural history museum, a mini-train, several parks, and animal rides, which makes it an ideal spot for picnic. The nocturnal animals and the reptiles constitute another interesting and exciting part of the whole experience.
It easily takes around 6-7 hours to cover the whole zoo located on a 300-acre site consisting of lush green acres. Nehru Zoological Park is a must see for nature and wild life lovers. It also has rare species animals and birds, most of which are houses on conditions resembling their natural habitats as much as possible. This holds the distinction as a first zoo to create moated enclosures for various animals. TSTDC runs a restaurant and other food joints. The Mir Alam tank is the source of water for the zoo and is frequented by foreign travelers, wild life enthusiasts, and researchers and alike. It is located at a distance of 15 kilometers from the Hussain Sagar Lake.