The Diwan Peshkar of Cochin Province Mr.Sankarayya was the master brain behind establishing a park in 1885 called Viyyoor Park at Viyyoor, where the Central Prison is presently located. The park was closed in 1898 due to scarcity of visitors. The park was shifted and renamed as "Cochin State Museum" in 1912 by the acting Diwan K. Narayana Marar to an Annexe of Krishna Vilasam Palace, Eranakulam.ln the same year the Museum was shifted to Chembukkavu where it still exists. A full time Archaeologist, L. K. Anantha Krishna Ayyar, was appointed to look after the Museum, in the year 1913.
The Zoo was established in 1913 by the King of Cochin and he donated different types of animals from Thrippunithura Palace.
State Museum and Zoo is coming under the Department of Museums and Zoos, Government of Kerala. It is home to more than 50 species of wild animals coming under mammals,birds and reptiles. Apart from the Zoological garden, Botanical garden, Star garden Art Museum, Multi Purpose Museum and 3D Theatre are located in this compound.
The Thrissur Zoo and Museum Complex is situated right in the heart of the city. This premise acts as the lungs of the city by purifying the air which is polluted by vehicles and commercial establishments around the City.
Wildlife conservation with special emphasis to the species endemic and endangered in Western Ghats Education, Nature awareness and Wildlife research Promote education and awareness on our cultural heritageProvide Research opportunities in Museoiogyjcono-graphy, History etc.. based on the objects displayed in the Museums.
Exending over an area of 13.5 acres the Zoological Garden is home to more than 50 species of Mammals, Reptiles and Birds.Tiger, Leopard, Lion, Lion tailed macaque, Crocodile King cobra, Spotted deer, Hippopotamus and Pelican are some of our main attractions.
The Botanical garden has a very rich collection of rare and old trees. The flora includes Cannon ball trees, Simsipa Pala indigo, Camphor tree, Black plum, Dividivi, Rose apple Sapota, Asoka, Poison nut, Bottle brush etc..
Grey hornbill, Golden oriole, Stork billed Kingfisher, Paradise fly catcher, Cattle Egret, Crested Bulbul and Magpie Robin are some of the birds frequently visiting the campus.
Butterflies like Common mime, Blue mormon, Southern Birdwing, Mottled Emigrant, Common Emigrant, Common Jezebel are frequent visitors in the garden.