The suckiness of Manila Zoo captured online
Local blogger Nix de Pano crawled the net for feedback on and pictures of Manila Zoo. Said de Pano: “I heard practically zero good things about it. Why exactly were people so negative about it? I got curious, so I looked it up. And wow, was I shocked by what I found.” Keep in mind that everything collected by de Pano and shown here was found online.
Below are pictures of “bulimic” animals living right in “literal trash”:
Here’s some feedback from Tripadvisor, a website of reviews written by tourists from all over the world.
This zoo needs to be closed. It’s beyond embarrassing. Can’t believe the City of Manila would allow it to operate under such deplorable conditions, and permit it to be exploited as a sight seeing spot. My god what a sad dreadful place.
I am working in Manila for 3 months and thought I would visit the zoo one Sunday. What a mistake. The animals are living in filthy conditions, the food lies rotting on the floor of the cages, the cages are inadequately too small, some of the animals are up to their knees in mud and feces. Their coats are matted and filthy. One poor animal, which I cannot name because the cages for the most part do not have labels, was rocking back and forth at the corner of his tiny cage (pacing). What a very sad commentary on the way we treat animals. I agree with the other person who said this zoo should be closed. The sad part is most of these animals are old and where else could they go. They need a lot of help. I am told it has improved but it has a long way to go.
…It is sad and senseless, as Filipinos are not usually callous, they should know better and by 2009 be able to really look after animals on this scale. So it comes down I believe to investment and ownership. The wrong people are allowed to keep this horror-park open. Perhaps with the new aquarium and a self-promotion of Manila as a city, the zoo may at last either be closed forever or people who know what it takes and what a wonderful visitor experience it could be take over. Either shut up or put up!
Note how all of the quotes above plead for the zoo to be closed. Before we get excited however, keep in mind that the reviews and pictures are from 2008-2010. It’s possible that the City of Manila government has improved conditions since then, but given my lack of faith in local government officials, I doubt it.
Nevertheless, does anyone have more recent feedback on Manila Zoo? If so, do share in the comments below.
Update: Chronicling a recent visit to Manila Zoo, local blogger Faith Salazar notes that in many ways the conditions inside the zoo aren’t as bad as advertised. Wrote Salazar:
There were over 1000+ retweets and reposts about The Very Sad State of Manila Zoo, but none of those people from Twitter, responded to our call for volunteering at the zoo – which is, I think, sadder. Yes, writing and informing people about the zoo is a step – the first of many. Don’t stop there. Volunteer! Hit me up on my contact page if you’re interested.
Update 2: You can now Volunteer at Manila Zoo with Faith Salazar!
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