It was opened for public in 1902 and went through a series of expansions which resulted in development of an artificial lake, bandstand and an island. Zoo Authority of Karnataka has done an excellent job of maintaining the entire area and its animals. It has a good collection of animals, reptiles and birds which is a delightful treat for wildlife enthusiasts.
People who have visited zoos in other parts of India can be in for a surprise on their visit to this zoo as wildlife in Mysore has been preserved brilliantly in it. On entering this wonderful haven of animals, visitors can see Giraffes roaming around a large area surrounded by tall trees. For many individuals, they are a great pleasure to watch and can be one of the most important attractions. Along with these friendly animals, there are many more precious gifts from the wild awaiting curious visitors. African elephants and lions can be seen enjoying their time in these peaceful surroundings. This zoo also has a Rhino and Gorilla among its collection of wild animals.
There is a sizable population of reptiles and birds, much to the amazement of people visiting this beautiful sanctuary. They can enjoy watching animals in Mysore Zoo from 10 in the morning till 6 in the evening. It is advisable to get inside as soon as possible in the morning to avoid heavy rush of people. Ample parking space has been provided outside for people arriving in their vehicles and use of plastic bags is prohibited inside the zoo, except bottles.