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ZOO AUTHORITY OF TAMILNADU(ZAT)

In order to facilitate supervision, control, maintenance and management of Arignar Anna Zoological Park, Vandalur and Children's Park, Guindy, the Government of Tamilnadu have constituted Zoo Authority of Tamilnadu in the G.O.Ms.No.314 E & F (FR-V) Department dated: 03.12.2004 under Tamil Nadu Societies Registration Act, 1975. The Zoo Authority of Tamilnadu is functioning under the guidance of Governing Board. The Government of Tamilnadu is giving funds to meet out the salaries of all staff and workers. Other expenditure like maintenance of animal enclosures, feed for animals, animal health care, cleanliness of zoo, drainage, water supply, electricity and maintenance of battery operated vehicles (BOV) are met from the income generated from the zoo. The major revenue of the zoo is realized from the entry fees. Arignar Anna Zoological Park is also getting money from BOV charges, the leased parking area, Hotel Tamil Nadu, Aavin, TANTEA, bicycles and toilet lease. The amount generated from the entry fees and other revenue is deposited in the account of Zoo Authority of Tamilnadu. The annual budget of Arignar Anna Zoological Park and Children's Park, Guindy is approved by the Governing Board for development and maintenance works of the parks. Once the Governing Board approve the works, in anticipation of the Government order the works will be executed. The funds released by the Central Zoo Authority towards new development works, maintenance of the rescue centre and funds received from Non-Governmental and Government agencies are deposited in the Zoo Authority of Tamilnadu account.

The Governing Board of Zoo Authority of Tamilnadu has been reconstituted on 06-03-2013 to administer the zoological parks more efficiently in G.O.(Ms) No. 23 Environment and Forests (FR5) Department dated 06-03-2013 as below:

1 Hon’ble Chief Minister of Tamilnadu — Chairperson
2 Hon’ble Minister for Forest Vice-Chairperson
3 The Secretary to Government, Environment and Forests Department Member
4 The Secretary to Government, Finance Department (or) his representative Member
5 The Secretary to Government, Animal Husbandry Department Member
6 The Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Tamilnadu Member
7 Vice-Chancellor, Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Chennai Member
8 Director, Department of Environment Member
9 Commissioner, Tourism Department Member
10 Chief Wildlife Warden, Tamil Nadu Member
11 The Director, Arignar Anna Zoological Park Member Secretary

The Government have also issued orders in the above G.O. to include all recognized zoos in Tamilnadu controlled initially by Forest Department viz., Kurumbapatti Zoological Park – Salem, Amirdhi Zoo – Vellore and Trichy Zoo – Thiruchirapalli under overall ambit of the Zoo Authority of Tamilnadu to facilitate development and maintenance of all the zoos in a self sustaining manner by receiving and utilizing funds from different Government and Non-Government sources. It will also ensure smooth animal exchange, better technical guidance and efficient zoo administration with following objectives:

  1. To develop and maintain the Arignar Anna Zoological Park and Children’s Park, Guindy in a self sustaining manner by receiving and utilizing the funds from Central and State Government etc., for the development of the zoo.
  2. To create understanding and awareness about the rich faunal diversity through zoo education and interpretation programme.
  3. To undertake research on various aspect of the wild animals including captive breeding of species.
  4. To procure such animals as are required for the enrichment of the zoo by purchase or exchange from other states in India or from abroad.
  5. The Zoo Authority of Tamil Nadu will be the apex technical advisory body for the other zoos in Tamil Nadu and will also help in the animal collection and exchange programmes of  the zoos.

The Zoo Authority of Tamilnadu administered by the Governing Board meets at least once in six months. The Governing Board shall have all powers and perform all such functions as are necessary for achievement and furtherance of objectives of the society.  The Governing Board shall also approve details of plan and proposals for the development of the zoological parks. The Governing Board may also delegate rights, powers and duties as are considered necessary to the Member Secretary.

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