Manila Zoo – place to love and protect PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 05 February 2013 09:22

If you’re tired of going to malls and other places in Metro Manila, I suggest that you visit Manila especially if you’re coming along with your family and friends this coming summer. It is not only an educational center, it is a place where you can commune and appreciate God’s creations of animals. It is also the only zoo in our country where a free roaming and friendly famous female elephant, named Maali, resides. She loves to mingle and entertain people. In addition to her, tigers, lions and the hippos, Manila Zoo also houses several endemic and indigenous species of animals like the bearcat, long-tailed macaques and crocodiles.


Located at Adriatico St., Malate, Manila (15 minutes away only from MOA), Manila Zoo is the oldest in Asia and is open to the public from 7am to 6pm Monday to Sunday. I gathered it has 832 animals and 100 species in a land area of 5.5 hectares. People can can observe, discover and learn interesting facts about the beauty of Philippine fauna and flora here.With a good mix of education and entertainment purposes, the Manila Zoo does its best to appeal to everyone. People go there also for picnic, boating, strolling, and to bond with one another.

Under the supervision of the zoo keeper, anyone can roam around freely and interact with the animals inside the kinder zoo. Children can play with tamed animals at the same time, learn about them and their environment. The Kinder Zoo features different attractions and animal from all over the world like Butterfly Dome, Exotic Birds Aviary, Koi Pond, Philippine Mouse Deer House, Petting Zoo, Turtle Pond, Party Barn, Playground, Hanging Bridge, Flamingo Pond.

Entrance fee is only P20 for adults and P10 for kids.

I thank John Chua, Philippine’s foremost ads photographer, for the pictures in this spread today. He is the prime mover to keep Maali in our country as there is a petition to move our beloved Maali to Thailand (where they have lost of elephants already). She is the only one our country has.

I heard also there is a move to close the zoo and convert the place for commercial purpose. I strongly suggest to the good people of Metro Manila to protest and not let ill-motives of shady business people in cohort with corrupt government officials do this kn the name of "development". It will deprive the Filipino people from appreciating our nature in one convenient place.

by Dante Corteza

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"The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it." (Genesis 2:15)

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