MANILA Zoo will stay.
This was assured yesterday by Manila Mayor-elect Isko Moreno, after he rejected the idea of turning the zoo into a mall or a casino.
Instead, Moreno said the botanical aspect of the zoo will be further enhanced, which is consistent to its name “Manila Zoological and Botanical Garden”.
“Andun pa rin ‘yung mga hayup pero dadagdagan ko, ‘yung something na puwedeng mapag-aralan ng mga estudyante para maging mas kapaki-pakinabang,” Moreno said. “Nakakaawa na kasi ‘yung elepante. Tsaka kailangan merong bago like plants, birds, flowers,” he added, saying that the elephant named “Mali” might be older than him.
Moreno also said that plans to privatize the zoo last year had been rejected by the Manila City Council.
The Manila Zoo, which was built in the 1950s, used to home at least 90 animal species, the most popular is “Mali”, an Asian elephant who arrived at the zoo in 1977.