Shri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens, popularly known as Mysore Zoo was developed by Chamaraja Wadiyar Bahadur, the sovereign in 1892. It was initially called as the Palace Zoo as it was in the King's palace covering 10 acres of land. It was then expanded to 45 acres thus becoming one of the oldest zoological gardens in India.
Though it is 100 years old, it is maintained and managed systematically. It is a home to diverse flora and fauna. King Chamaraja collected rare and different animal and bird species in his tours in exchange for local breeding animals. Mysore Zoo is the only zoo in India breeding African Elephants. The environment and the vegetation in the zoo is ideal for the animals breeding there. Endangered species are also sheltered carefully in the zoo. One must definitely visit this place to see different species from all over the world.