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Manila Zoo reopens to the public

Renzo Fuentes

November 23, 2022

  • Photo: Rappler

    On November 21, Monday – The Manila Zoo finally reopened its gates to visitors after its renovation and restoration just in time for the Christmas holidays with family.

    The new Manila Zoo was initially launched in December 2021. Though supposedly, the reopening itself was scheduled for November 15, the Manila local government unit rescheduled to November 21 to allow room for finishing touches. More so, during the COVID-19 pandemic – the 63-year-old zoo also served as a vaccine location.

    Photo: ABS-CBN News

    Recent attractions and improvements

    A new playground

    Photos: Kat Domingo (@_katrinadomingo) / Twitter

    Animal Museum

    Since the zoo’s opening in 1959, the renovation added glass enclosures for the animals, raised viewing platforms, and walkways for visitors.

    Botanical Garden

    Photo: Manila Public Information Office (PIO)

    Photo: ABS-CBN News

    Butterfly Garden

    The New Manila Zoo’s butterfly garden is home to various butterfly species. At the entrance to the garden, there is a museum with preserved dead insects on display.

    Photo: ABS-CBN News

    Photo: Kat Domingo (@_katrinadomingo) / Twitter

    Sewage Treatment Plant

    The zoo was called out in 2019 for having no sewage treatment plant.  As a solution, the new Manila Zoo put up its first one.

    Photo: ABS-CBN News

    The Redesign

    The new design was influenced by Kevin Siy’s undergraduate thesis, an architect who graduated from the University of Santo Tomas.

    Photos: Manila Public Information Office (PIO)


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    Resident animals

    More than 800 animals, reptiles, and birds are housed in the 14-acre Manila Zoo, some of them are:

    Elephant (Mali, a resident since 1977)

    White Siberian Tiger (Kois, a play of the former Mayor’s nickname)

    African Lion

    White Bengal Tiger

    Lesser White Egret

    Indian Blue Peafowl

    Multi-Colored Stored Stork

    Doubled Wattled Cassowary




    Philippine Deer

    Other Details

    Adult and child – Php 150 for Manila residents; Php 300 for non-Manila residents

    Students – Php 100 for Manila residents and Php 200 for non-Manila residents

    Senior Citizens and PWD – 20% discount on said fees above

    Children 2 years old and below – Free

    Per the Manila LGU, the zoo will operate from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, with a cut-off for guests’ entry every 6 p.m.

    Book that visit NOW!

    Tickets and registration are available online through the Manila Zoo’s official website.


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