New Manila Zoo to Reopen This November

The renovated Manila Zoo, based on the undergraduate thesis of Architect Kevin Siy, a graduate of University of Santo Tomas | Image Source: Inquirer

LATEST UPDATE: The scheduled reopening of Manila Zoo has been moved to November 21, 2022. According to Mayor Honey Lacuna, this is to give more time for final preparations inside the zoo, as requested by stall owners.

Entrance fee prices have also been updated as posted on Manila Zoo’s Official Facebook Page:

Image Credit: Manila Zoo Official Facebook

Please refer to this article for more details regarding this update.

MANILA, Philippines – After its temporary closure since June this year for further renovations, the new Manila Zoo will be opening its gates to the public starting Nov. 15, 2022.

Unlike its earlier opening from January to June, Mayor Honey Lacuna said in an interview that entrance to the zoo will no longer be free, but noted that Manilans, senior citizens and persons with disability (PWDs) will be given special discounts.

Under the rates proposed by parks and recreations bureau and Zoo Director Pio Morabe, the admission fee for Manilans is P150/head, and P250/head for non-Manilans.

Mayor Lacuna said that she, Morabe, and the city council have yet to finalize the ticket prices for PWDs and senior citizens.

Morabe encouraged visitors to make their bookings and payments in advance online to avoid overcrowding at the payment booth onsite.

The revamped zoo features an Animal Museum, a Botanical Garden and a Butterfly Garden. Morabe said that the zoo’s highlights will be the bird shows, the renovated playgrounds and interaction with big snakes, the elephant and zebras, among others.

According to Morabe, visitors reach up to 10,000 per day when its refurbished version opened from January to June.

The city’s Public Recreations Bureau, during former Mayor Isko Moreno’s term, allocated P1.7 billion for the project – a major investment to save Manila Bay from pollution due to the old Manila Zoo’s faulty sewage treatment plant, and to generate revenue for the city in the long run.

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