Thrissur Zoological Park Wildlife Conversation & Research Centre

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Thrissur Zoological Park Wildlife Conversation & Research Centre
Location Puthur, Thrissur, Thrissur City
Land area 336 acres
Memberships CZA [1]
Major exhibits Wildlife

Thrissur Zoological Park Wildlife Conversation & Research Centre, Puthur is an upcoming zoological park situated in Puthur in Thrissur City of Kerala State in India. All zoos in the state of Kerala is presently managed by the Ministry of Cultural Affairs and this will be the first zoo in the state which will be developed and managed by the Department of Forests and Wildlife (Kerala).

Puthur, Thrissur village in Kerala, India

Puthur is a village in the taluk of Thrissur in the Thrissur district of Kerala. It is the location for the upcoming Thrissur Zoological Park Wildlife Conversation & Research Centre park.

Thrissur Metropolis in Kerala, India

Thrissur, originally Thiru Siva Peroor and previously known by its anglicised form as Trichur, is the fifth largest city, the third largest urban agglomeration in Kerala and the 20th largest in India. It is also the headquarters of the Thrissur District. The City is built around a 65-acre (26 ha) hillock called the Thekkinkadu Maidan which seats the Vadakkumnathan temple. Thrissur was once the capital of the Kingdom of Cochin. It is located 300 kilometres (186 mi) towards north-west of the state capital Thiruvananthapuram. Thrissur is also known as the "Cultural Capital of Kerala" because of its cultural, spiritual and religious leanings throughout history. One of the very famous cultural events in Thrissur includes Thrissur Pooram, which is world-famous and attracts quite a number of tourists and travellers.

Kerala State in southern India

Kerala is a state on the southwestern, Malabar Coast of India. It was formed on 1 November 1956, following passage of the States Reorganisation Act, by combining Malayalam-speaking regions. Spread over 38,863 km2 (15,005 sq mi), Kerala is the twenty second largest Indian state by area. It is bordered by Karnataka to the north and northeast, Tamil Nadu to the east and south, and the Lakshadweep Sea and Arabian Sea to the west. With 33,387,677 inhabitants as per the 2011 Census, Kerala is the thirteenth-largest Indian state by population. It is divided into 14 districts with the capital being Thiruvananthapuram. Malayalam is the most widely spoken language and is also the official language of the state.



The 13-acre Thrissur Zoo plot in the heart of the City of Thrissur where the zoo is currently located has been found unsuitable. Space constraints are affecting animals. Due to unavailability of Revenue Land, the zoo is being relocated to a 336-acre forest land in Puthur. Thereby, the management of the Zoo will be handed over to Department of Forests and Wildlife (Kerala) and it will not attract the stringent provisions of the Forest Conservation Act, 1980. The zoological park was announced for Puthur in 2003 by the then Kerala Forest Minister K. Sudhakaran. The project will come up in the 150 acres of forest land at Puthur. The zoological park is designed by Jon Coe, a leading international zoo designer from Australia. [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] The zoo is coming up on 336 acres at Puthur at the estimated cost of Rs 130 crore.

Thrissur Zoo

Thrissur Zoo or State Museum & Zoo, Thrissur is a 13.5-acre (5.5 ha) zoo that opened in 1885 in a small area called Chembukkavu, in the heart of Thrissur City, Kerala, India. It is one of the oldest zoos in the country, and is home to a wide variety of animals, reptiles, and birds. The zoo compound includes a natural history museum and an art museum that showcase the social and cultural heritage of the region. The Thrissur Zoo is 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) from the Thrissur City center and is open from 10:00 AM till 5:15 PM, except on Mondays. Being one of the two Zoological Parks in the state of Kerala, it sees a lot of visitors on a regular basis. Still and video cameras are allowed in the park for a small fee.

Forest Conservation Act, 1980

The Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980 an Act of the Parliament of India to provide for the conservation of forests and for matters connected therewith or ancillary or incidental thereto. It was further amended in 1988. This law extends to the whole of India except the State of Jammu and Kashmir. It was enacted by Parliament of India to control further deforestation of Forest Areas in India. The act came into force on 25 October 1980. It has five sections.


The zoological park and park will be constructed in three phases. The Government of Kerala has released Rs 5 crore for the first phase of the zoological park in 2013 and would cost Rs 150 crores when it is completed in three years. The funds will be provided by the Central Government. In the first stage, ticket counter, construction of wall, sideways, canteen and enclosures to house animals will be constructed. The enclosures will be in 10 acres. Shifting of animals from Thrissur Zoo will be done after the enclosures are done. In second phase, staff quarters and other facilities will be constructed. The total construction costs of the zoo may cost between Rs 300 to Rs 350 crores. [7]

Government of Kerala

The Government of Kerala headquartered at Thiruvananthapuram is a democratically elected body that governs the Indian State of Kerala. The state government is headed by the Governor of Kerala as the nominal head of state, with a democratically elected Chief Minister as real head of the executive. The state government maintains its capital at Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) and is seated at the Kerala Government Secretariat or the Hajur Kutcheri.

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