The Manila Zoo used to be the centerpiece of children’s fieldtrips to Manila City. After all, this kingdom of more than 800 animals from 100 species is one of Asia’s oldest zoos. Through the years, however, the word “dirty” has stuck to the zoo’s name like a chewing gum on a sole. Many of the animals here are also dying of neglect. The zoo’s administration, however, tries to patch things up through rehabilitation and landscaping. In spite the efforts to save it, nobody knows when Manila Zoo would once again step into another golden age of enticing animal lovers.
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Its design might be mediocre based on Western standards, but a visit to Manila Zoo might prove worthy if the goal is to break the monotony of urbanism everywhere else in Manila. Children, too, might find Mali, the zoo’s resident Asian elephant, adorable. There are also Bengal tigers, Philippine crocodiles, miniature animals, tortoises, snakes, and an orangutan named Sisi to eyeball in the park.
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Beside the main zoo is a relatively new attraction, the Kinder Zoo, where children can pet animals from all over the world. This section includes a butterfly dome, an exotic birds aviary, Philippine mouse deer house, koi pond, turtle pond, playground, party barn, flamingo pond, and a hanging bridge.
Fees and opening hours
The zoo is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Avoid a weekend visit if you dislike crowds. Entrance fee for non Manila City residents is P40 for adults and P20 for kids below four feet. For residents, it’s P20 for adults and P10 for children. For more information, call (632) 400-1884 or +63-2-57-21-30 (Manila Zoo) or (632) 522-6179 (Kinder Zoo).
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How to get there
The zoo is along Quirino Ave., in Adriatico St., Malate, Manila City (at the corner of Harrison and Mabini Streets). You may ride the LRT-Line 1, get off in Quirino station, and ride a jeepney bound for Mabini or Harrison. Ask the driver to drop you off in the zoo itself. It is also accessible through a taxi ride from any location in Manila.