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About CLRI Eco-campus

The campus of CSIR-CLRI right amidst busy Adyar area of Chennai city has a rich campus in terms of its biological heritage. Through this webpage we introduce what the public at large, who for whatever reason have an opportunity to visit our campus, can see in our campus. In the 80 odd acres of land, alongside the research buildings exist 190 odd varieties of trees and shrubs, several species of birds – resident and migratory, butterflies and wildlife that includes spotted deers.

While this campus primarily exists to carryout research and translate S&T findings to improve the economic, environmental and social sustainability of the leather and allied industry, we take the opportunity to showcase how we manage to integrate the natural world with the industrial research. We showcase how our day-to-day problems associated with needs to improve research environment, safety, domestic and research wastes, pests, mosquitos, monkeys and so on are resolved without affecting the natural world in the campus

The eco-campus committee frequently comes out with standard operating protocols that ensures that we work towards peaceful co-existence.

This webpage is a showcase of how our research capacity building programs co-exist with nature and develop a model of sustainable nature - human interactions.

Info Corner

Tagore Ashram

"Nature’s support for igniting minds"

It is said that Rabindranath Tagore envisioned Santiniketan as a place of learning that is unfettered by religious and regional barriers and helps education beyond the confines of the classroom. Taking this principle forward CSIR-CLRI right in front of its main building with a centric banyan tree and amongst its trees and music of the birds has set up the Tagore Ashram, where researchers and students can meet in small and large groups, formally and informally and create some of the best research ideas.

The Open Space

"It is time to try something new"

We realize that it is time to start reducing the investments made on artificial lighting and cooling. Let us redirect these investments towards green infrastructure, reforestation and a low carbon research environment. The goal is to adopt practices that are scientifically proven – natural environments promote health, wellbeing and happiness.

Wildlife on Campus

"Wild has space in our research"

Even before the dated history of the campus spotted deer had a space in the campus. We have coexisted in this campus. As the campus wild is a valued part of campus life the institute is taking steps to create a wildlife corridor on campus linking the trees, shrubs and the ponds.

Winged Visitors

"Birdsongs outside our windows"

CSIR-CLRI had the fortune of bird lovers amongst its research staff. They have documented the presence of winged visitors in the institute. This includes various types of birds and butterflies. From November to February every year the campus turns into a paradise for the winged visitors.


"Pure oxygen generators"

As of 2020 November, the campus has 115 arborescent and 136 herbaceous species. Trees are labeled by their popular Tamil/English names and Botanical names. They are regularly planted by staff and students and nurtured to create an arboretum for not just understanding the biological diversity but also those which can link classroom education on vegetable tannin bearing plants to observing them live. Many trees have been labelled as a mark of respect to the Leaders of the CSIR. Campus now has a tree care plan that ensures protection for the trees and shrubs on campus

Deer Park

"A curated park for the most popular animal"

Dr. K J Sreeram, Director, CSIR-CLRI inaugurated the Deer Park near Chemical Engineering Department on the occasion of 74th CLRI Foundation day

Limelight Corner

Dr Rajaram's gallery

Dr A Rajaram is a retired Chief Scientist of CSIR-CLRI. The photograph collection of Dr Rajaram is presented as a separate gallery in tribute to his contributions towards documentation of the natural habitat of CSIR-CLRI campus.

  • Beetles
  • Birds
  • Butterflies
  • Flowers
  • Plants
  • Insects




Bee and Lantana

Mud wasp

Green Bee

Jewel Beetle on D.Cineria

Blackheaded Cuckooshrike F

Blackheaded Cuckooshrike F

Blackwinged Kite

Brown Flycatcher

Common Drongo

Coppersmith Barbet

Eastern swallow

Eurasian Oriole F

Eurasian Oriole M

Large pied wagtail

Little Cormorant

Pied Crested cuckoo

Pond Heron

Purple rumped sunbird F

Redwattled Lapwing



Shikra imm

Paradise Flycatcher F

Spotted Doves

Yellowbilled Babbler

Blue Pansy

Blue Tiger

Common Crow

Common emigrant

common Jay

Common Picture Wing (F) Rhyothemis variegata

common wanderer

Crimson rose

Great Eggfly


Lime butterfly





Acacia nilotica

Burmese pink cassia a

Cannon Ball Tree

Cassia Fistula

Cordia dichotoma

Dichrostachys cineria

Dichrostachys Cineria

Evolvulus Alsinoides

False rudraksh Guazuma tomentosa

False Rudraksh Guazuma Tomentosa

Martynia Annua

Melia Azadirach

Mhowa Flower Evng

Morinda tinctoria

Peltophorum Pterocarpum

Pongamia Pinnata

Rain Tree

Red Cassia

White Lily

White Silk Cotton

Wild Caper Bush Capparis Sepiaria

Wils Passion Flower

Wrightia Tinctoria Fl

Acacia nilotica babul a birds view

Albizzia lebbek


Burmese pink cassia b

Dividivi fruits

Lanea coromandelica


Mohwa fr.

Pithecelobium dulce

wrightia tinctoria

Zizyphus mauritiana

bembex sp

Clearwing Hawkmoth

Water boatman

Plant Diversity of Our Campus


Plant Species

Herbs and Grasses

Vegetable Tannin Plant

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