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Guindy National Park : Ecosystem Services

Ecosystem Services:

The Guindy National Park provides a number of ecosystem services to the people of Chennai, Tamil Nadu.

  • Ecosystem services are the direct and indirect contributions of ecosystems to human well-being.
  • It is India’s eighth-smallest national park and one of the very few national parks located inside a city.
  • It is located in the heart of Chennai’s metropolitan area.
  • It is one of the last remnants of the tropical dry evergreen forests of the Coromandel Coast.
  • About 22 acres of the Guindy National Park has been carved out into a park known as the Children’s Park for ex-situ conservation.
  • Guindy Snake Park is next to Guindy National Park. It gained statutory recognition as a medium zoo from the Central Zoo Authority (CZA) in 1995.
  • In 1978 the small area, popularly known as Guindy Deer Park, was declared as a national park.
  • It contains more than 30 species of trees and a number of century old gigantic Banyan Trees.
  • It has a significant population of black bucks, spotted deers, jackals, varieties of snakes, over 100 species of birds and over 60 species of butterflies.