Why I visited Manila Zoo? I have two reasons: number one because visiting a safari park is part of 2012 BDJ checklist (no.# 91 take a trip to a safari park - I just substitute it over safari park (^_^). Maybe some of you think, why don't you visit Subic Safari instead?! I don't have enough time and budget to visit that place right now, since Manila Zoo is near in our place and the most practical way, I chose it. Second reason, we've seen over the news about an Elephant name Mali, I wonder what the elephant look like today than the day I last visited the zoo and also I'm curious what the zoo really look like right now. I been in Manila Zoo for several times, but the most memorable one was the time during my childhood when my father was still with us. My parents brought us to the Manila Zoo (that was during my grade school days). As I remember the zoo has a lot of animals. I remember I've seen giraffes, hippopotamus, lions, different kind of monkeys, snakes and more. The zoo that time was one of Manila's best attractions.
The other time I went there was during my college day, my professor in Biology class gave us an assignment in writing down scientific name of animals (remember this Ria (^_^)?) I also saw other student doing the same assignment. I also saw one student throwing bottle of water in one of crocodile (the crocodile don't move or act like frozen , that student maybe curious if he distract the crocodile will it move). Sadly, what the student did were wrong and maybe throwing things or feeding animals in wrong way might be one of the reason why Manila Zoo was not as attractive anymore, or it may be also the reason why some animal just died.
Now let me continue my story. Last May 12, my family visited Manila Zoo. We also brought my 2 years old niece, we want her to see the elephant in real life. The entrance fee cost P40.00 pesos for adult and P20.00 pesos for children.
|Entrance to Manila Zoo|
|Rules and policies posted on the gate.|
|You can buy tickets here.|
|The only elephant in the zoo, Mali. To know more about Mali read it here.|
|The ostrich look like unwell. (Parang may sakit :(|
Other problem I've seen:
|There are a lot of rusty cages that no animal.|
|And several damage cages.|
|The river side was still part of the zoo.|
I read and heard that PETA (People for the ethical treatment of Animals) wished for closure of Manila Zoo, to be honest I have two sentiments. When I saw the situation of the animals and the zoo itself I will stand and say 'Yes!' Animal should be in their natural habitat. If you past by in Manila Zoo area you'll notice that around that area was starting to develop and became commercialized, pollution like noise and air pollution can affect animal's health. My other sentiment is this; the problem in Manila Zoo can still have solution or can still be improve. Renovate the interiors, the facilities, hire more maintenance and professional people like veterinarian who have more knowledge about animals. I think raising zoo entrance fee (but not too high to be question) does not matter, as long as the zoo maintain properly. I also say 'No!' for closure because of my good memories in Manila Zoo with my family during my childhood. I know some of you also have good memories too while visiting this zoo especially when you spend time with your love ones. Just like the photo below:
|Family visiting the zoo.|
Manila Zoo is very accessible for those who live in the city. Look at the picture above even the person with disability can visit this place anytime. Manileños can enjoy and relax in this place (I saw many senior citizen walking around the zoo). I'm just hoping this place will soon be improve, because if closure of Manila Zoo is the last option then some* children may not able to see what these animals look like in real life, some of them may only see it on photos, television or videos.
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* some means for those children whose parents can not afford to spend more money to visit other zoo located in far places.