Save 2500 Animals Dying of Thirst

Target: Chennamaneni Vidyasagar Rao, governor of Tamil Nadu

Goal: Reopen access to the municipal water supply for the Arignar Anna Zoological Park

A zoo in India is facing a dire crisis, due to water shortages. For over a week now, the Arignar Anna Zoological Park in Chennai has been totally without water. The problems began after the state water board shut the zoo out of Chennai’s municipal water system. Management at the zoo said they weren’t even warned before the water was cut, leaving them at a loss for how to provide drinking and cleaning water to the zoo’s 2500 animals.

“The supply was cut-off without any warning by the authorities. They did not give us any notice of this action and just stopped the water. We found out only when water stopped flowing through the taps,” the zoo’s assistant director Shanmugam told local news outlet The News Minute.

Water board authorities have admitted the water has been cut, but blamed a pipeline problem. They’ve promised to eventually restart the flow of water to the zoo, but haven’t given a clear timetable for when the problem might be resolved.

This lack of any firm commitment to a deadline has left the zoo workers fearful the problem could drag on for weeks or months. India is already in the grip of its worst drought in a generation, leaving millions without sufficient access to water.

We can’t let these animals become more victims of the water crisis. Please sign this petition demanding the state government order the water board to restart service to the zoo immediately, and prioritize any necessarily infrastructure repairs.


Dear Governor Chennamaneni Vidyasagar Rao,

Chennai’s Arignar Anna Zoological Park is one of Asia’s most celebrated zoos. Unfortunately, the zoo has now gone for more than a week without water. While Tamil Nadu’s state water board has promised to eventually restart services, so far there’s no sign that could happen anytime soon. The zoo is home to more than 2500 animals, and management says they need at least 400,000 liters of water a day to keep everyone healthy. Without this water, these animals will eventually succumb to slow, painful deaths.

Management is currently struggling to supply enough water. Indeed, they argue they weren’t even given warning before the water was shut off, leaving them totally unprepared for what is now a massive crisis.

We understand Tamil Nadu has been hard hit by India’s disastrous drought, which has left millions of people without access to drinking water. These animals can’t become more victims of this natural disaster. We therefore call on you to immediately restart the provision of water to the zoo. Any infrastructure repairs that need to be done should likewise be carried out as soon as possible.


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  1. Kathryn Irby says:

    Please Protect these Innocent Animals from Dying through Thirst!!

  2. I realize they are in a water crisis, but deliberately cutting off the water supply to the zoo is cruel!

  3. Alice Knight says:

    I would like to remain optimistic that the water flow will be restored immediately. I f the water was deliberately shut off without notice, shame on you. This is a slow ant torturous death to all the animals. The governor should be held accountable of the welfare to all these animals.


  5. How do you sleep at night?! This is barbaric!

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