It was decided to develop an ex-situ facility in the form of a Zoological Park in the Southern part of Andhra Pradesh i.e. in Tirupati forming part of the Sheshachalam forests, home to diverse flora and fauna of Eastern Ghats in the State. The area under the jurisdiction of Andhra Pradesh Forest department was allotted for this purpose. The foundation stone for the initiative was laid on 29.09.1987 by the then Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh (Late) Shri.(Dr.)N.T. Rama Rao. Tirupati zoo was third of its kind in the erstwhile United Andhra Pradesh after Hyderabad Zoo and Vishakhapatnam Zoo. Up on completion of few enclosures to house the captive animals, the Zoo was opened to public on 30.04.1993. Since then 30th April is celebrated as ZOO BIRTHDAY every year. Now Sri Venkateswara Zoological Park, Tirupati is one among the two State zoos recognized by Central Zoo authority in the Andhra Pradesh and it is categorized as a Medium Zoo.