The Nandankanan zoological park, established in 1960, nestled amongst the unruffled extension of Chandaka forests in Bhubaneswar, is a major tourist attraction of Odisha. As a zoo it is home to more than 1200 mammals, birds and reptiles. It is also a captive breeding, a rare feat, for Gharials. It has also a collection of ten white tigers which are not linked to Rewa tigers (Madhya Pradesh).
For tourists it has added attractions in the form of Lion Safari, White Tiger Safari and an aquarium. On an average more than 10 lakh visitors have been coming here every year. Till date more than 327 tigers have been reared through planned breeding in this zoo. It is host to endangered species like Manipuri deer, Lion-tailed macaque, Himalayan Black bear and Sloth bear.