Kerala Thiruvananthapuram

Thiruvananthapuram Zoo

The Thiruvananthapuram Zoo (also known as Trivandrum Zoo) is located in the city of Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of Kerala, India. It occupies 55 acres (22 ha) of woodland, lakes, and lawns.

History
Thiruvananthapuram Zoo is one of the oldest of its kind in India. Swathi Thirunal Rama Varma, who ruled Travancore between 1830 and 1847, established a menagerie where royal tigers, panthers, cheetahs, deer, boar, and other wild animals were kept. His brother Uthram Thirunal and British Resident William Cullen formally establish the zoo in 1857 as an annex to the Napier Museum. The zoo was originally built with the typical iron-barred cages prevalent at the time, and was designed for recreational purposes, but with increased loss of forest and wildlife due to human development, the goal of the Zoo has changed from recreation to conservation.

A modernization project started in 1995 aims to gradually replace the old enclosures with spacious naturalistic enclosures. The state government of Kerala is undertaking this renovation with financial and technical help from the Central Zoo Authority.

Animals

The Thiruvananthapuram Zoo is home to 82 species from around the world. Indigenous species at the zoo include lion-tailed macaque, Nilgiri langur, Indian rhinoceros, Asiatic lion, royal Bengal tiger, white tiger and leopard, as well a nine Asian elephants (as of March 31, 2009). Animals from Africa include giraffes, hippos, zebras, and Cape buffalos.

The zoo also includes a snake farm called The Reptile House, which exhibits both poisonous and non-poisonous snakes and also have 7 Anacondas. India

Birds

Ostrich
Scarlet macaw
Green winged macaw
Indian peafowl
White spoonbill
Cassowary
Sulphur crested cockatoo
Common crane
White necked crane
Black necked crane
Grey heron
White ibis
Blossom headed parakeet
Roseringed parakeet
Alexandrine parakeet
Moutached parakeet
Gray pelican
Rosy pelican
Silver pheasant
Ring necked pheasant
Rock dove
Adjutant stork
Painted stork
White stork
White necked stork
Black necked stork
Cinerous vulture
King vulture
White Backed vulture
Pariah kite
Brahminy kite
Emu

Reptiles

Anaconda
Gharial
Mugger crocodile
Spectacled caiman
Monitor lizard
Bamboo pit viper
Indian cobra
Indian rock python
Rat snake
Russell’s viper
Checkered keelback
King cobra
Red sandboa
Green tree snake
Indian flapshell turtle
Indian black turtle
Crowned river turtle
Travancore tortoise

Visiting Time  

Wednesday 9AM–5:15PM
Thursday 9AM–5:15PM
Friday

(Republic Day)
9AM–5:15PM

Hours might differ
Saturday 9AM–5:15PM
Sunday 9AM–5:15PM
Monday Closed
Tuesday 9AM–5:15PM

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