The Central Government banned the performance and exhibition of five species of animals namely Tiger, Lion, Panther, Bear and monkeys in 1998 and requested seven State Governments to set up Rescue and Rehabilitation center. A Rescue centre in Arignar Anna Zoological Park was planned for 40 Lions and 20 Tigers apart from other animals during the year 2000-2001. Now it is having 28 lions and 6 tigers.
The paddock areas and animal cells are being cleaned daily. Repairing of ropes, Chain links and paintings are being carried out in periodical manner. Seven kg of beef along with 150 grams of liver for each is being provided to Lions and Tigers housed at Rescue centre. The health and hygiene of animals are being attended by a full time veterinarian and a Forester appointed especially for rescued animals. The total expenditure of maintaining rescue centre is being met by Central Zoo Authority.