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Mayor Honey, Vice Mayor Servo Visit Manila Zoo Prior to Opening on Monday

Manila Zoo Inspection Prior to Opening
Mayor Honey Lacuna tests the entrance processes at the Manila Zoo during inspection. With her were (from left) Vice Mayor Yul Servo , parks and recreation bureau director Pio Morabe, Lacuna’s spokesperson Atty. Princess Abante (behind Lacuna) and (not in photo) the mayor’s righthand, Evelyn de Guzman. (JERRY S. TAN)

Manila Mayor Honey Lacuna and Vice Mayor Yul Servo conducted an inspection of the Manila Zoo prior to its slated opening on November 21, 2022.

The two were accompanied by Parks and Recreation Bureau chief Pio Morabe, the mayor’s spokesperson Atty. Princess Abante and the mayor’s executive assistant, Evelyn de Guzman, among others, as they toured the facilities.

Lacuna directed Morabe to ensure that the names of the plants and trees, specially their scientific names, are right for the visiting youngsters to learn.

In an interview after the tour, Lacuna announced that the number of visitors that would be allowed per day will be limited to only 2,000 since the country continues to the in the wake of a pandemic.

Lacuna said those planning to visit the zoo are highly encouraged to buy their tickets online, via manilazoo.ph, although 500 slots will also be allotted for walk-ins Payments may be made in the kiosks, 7-11, bank transfer, credit card, GCash or Bayad Centers.

Evelyn de Guzman
Mayor’s right hand Evelyn de Guzman playing with a monkey during the Zoo inspection. (JERRY S. TAN)

On special occasions like Christmas though, the lady mayor said that the said total number of visitors that will be allowed into the zoo may be increased.

Servo said that as per the ordinance that was passed by the Manila City Council, the prices of admission are as follows: Adult and child – P150 for Manilans and P300 for non-Manilans; Students – P100 for Manilans and P200 for non- Manilans and city employes, P100. Senior citizens and persons with disability get 20 percent discount while children two years old and below may enter for free. Manilans may present government-issued IDs to prove their residency and avail of the discount.

According to Morabe,bringing of food will not be allowed at the Manila Zoo, citing many instances where animals die because they have been fed plastic and other items that are not ingestible.

He also said that the zoo will be operating from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. with a cut-off for entry of guests at 6 p.m.daily.

Via manilazoo.ph, online registration and purchase of tickets will be available starting November 20, 2022.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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