MEE-ZOO Report 2022

The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change had recently released the Management Effectiveness Evaluation (MEE-ZOO) report 2022, which was created based on the survey of zoos across India.

Key highlights

  • India currently has 147 recognized zoos, which are categorized as large (17), medium (23), small (33), mini-zoos (60) and rescue centres (14).
  • The recent MEE-ZOO evaluated the 39 zoos under the categories large and medium.
  • The zoos were evaluated by a committee of 15 independent experts based on six elements – context, planning, input, process, output and outcomes.
  • Top performers of large zoo category: Vandalur Zoo was rated “Very Good” after it scored 82 per cent in the MEE score. It was the top performer in three of the six elements, including planning, input and output. Other top performers under the large zoo category are Karnataka’s Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens and Gujarat’s Sakkarbaug Zoological Park.
  • Top performers of medium zoo category: West Bengal’s Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park achieved the highest MEE score of 83 per cent and was rated “Very Good”. It was followed by Alipore Zoological Garden in West Bengal and Madras Crocodile Bank Trust/Centre for Herpetology.
  • Top performers in context element: Alipore Zoological Garden, National Zoological and Nawab and Wajid Ali Shah Zoological Garden.
  • Top performer in planning element: Vandalur Zoo scored 80% in this category.
  • Top performers in Input element: Vandalur Zoo, Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park and Mysore Zoo have scored 85%.
  • Top performers in Process element: Kanpur Zoological Park and Mysore Zoo have scored 82%.
  • Top performers in Output element: Vandalur Zoo and Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park have scored 85%.
  • Top performer in Outcome element: Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park scored 85%.

About Vandalur Zoo

The Arignar Anna Zoological Park, also known as Vandalur Zoo, is a zoological garden situated in Vandalur, in the southwestern part of Chennai, Tamil Nadu. It was established in 1855 as the first public zoo in India.

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