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New Manila Zoo Reopens Nov. 15, 2022; No Longer Free

Honey Lacuna at the New Manila Zoo
Mayor Honey Lacuna (middle) makes the rounds at the New Manila Zoo, accompanied by (from left) parks and recreation bureau and zoo director Pio Morabe, department of tourism chief Charlie Dungo, , department of public services chief Kaye Nicole Amurao, Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau head Zenaida Viaje. Behind them (right) is city engineer Armand Andres. (JERRY S. TAN)

MANILA Mayor Honey Lacuna announced that the New Manila Zoo will be re-opened to the public on November 15, 2022, in time for the Christmas season, but it will no longer be free, although Manilans, senior citizens and persons with disability (PWDs) will be given special discounts.

This was announced by Lacuna in an ambush interview, where she said that the Manila City Council headed by Vice Mayor and Council Presiding Officer Yul Servo-Nieto will come up with a city ordinance that will govern the regulations of the Manila Zoo.

Under the rates proposed by parks and recreations bureau and Zoo director Pio Morabe, the admission fee for Manilans is P150 while for non-Manilans, the price of tickets per head is pegged at P250.

Lacuna said that the city government has opened the zoo free of charge from January to June, where the promenaders were even given a chance to get vaccinated.

She said the fees that will be in effect will be considerably small compared to the fees in other zoos.

According to the mayor, she, Morabe and the city council will have to finalize the pricing of tickets for persons with disability and the senior citizens.

The planned one-day ‘free pass’ for senior citizens will push through, similar to the free movie passes they get from theater operators in the city.

Meanwhile, Morabe said that the visitors may register and pay via online in order to avoid overcrowding at the payment booth of the zoo.

He 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.

The zoo, Morabe said, is in the process of importing more animals and it features first-class glass enclosures that give the visitors a better look at the animals upclose.

On a normal day when the zoo was opened from January to June, Morabe reported that the visitors even reach up to 10,000 per day.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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