The recently restored Manila Zoo is expected to have a soft opening on Dec. 30, announced Manila Mayor Isko Moreno, after an inspection of the new Manila Zoological and Botanical Garden last Dec. 21.
First open to the public in 1959, it now features elevated viewing decks and pathways, an animal museum, botanical and butterfly gardens as well as a separate area for Filipino endemic animals.
For patrons’ convenience, the zoo also has restrooms with stalls for persons with disabilities, drinking water fountains, souvenir shops, food stalls and a parking area.
In a statement, Moreno assured that the families of 1,300 zoo construction workers would be VIP guests at the soft opening as a thank-you gesture for their invaluable work erecting the facility.
The Manila City government previously said that it is teaming up with Cebu Safari and Adventure Park for future exchanges of animals as well as medicines. Moreno pointed out that Manila Zoo can be given wildlife by Cebu after several species have been successfully breeding in the animal sanctuary in Carmen, Cebu.
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