Founded in 1972 in the Indian city of Chennai, Guindy Snake Park is home to some of India’s most unique reptiles.
From cobras to iguanas, thousands of crocodiles and alligators, it has been a favorite of animal lovers for years.
But with Covid lockdowns stifling the flow of visitors, authorities are struggling to get paid. The future of these animals now hangs in the balance.
The park has been closed twice recently as the pandemic devastated Indian cities.
With ticket sales making up half of the revenue, authorities say they don’t have enough money to feed the reptiles or pay staff.
Video by BBC Tamil Jiren Samuel and Vijay Anand
Produced by Kinjal Pandya-Wagh