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12 July 2011 @ 10:21 pm
Cramped Cages, Dirty Habitats: The Sadness that is Manila Zoo  
July 15, 2011 I have posted a new blog, this time my own personal experiences and observations of the zoo. You may view it here.

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Disclaimer: The photos are not mine (credits to those who originally photographed them), and are not very recent. (2008-2010) I have not been to the zoo myself, so this is only from an outsider's point of view. Anyone who has been to the zoo recently, do correct me if anything in this entry is off. :)

Another Disclaimer: This blog was written for a school project and was not meant to directly attack the zoo or its employees, but only to get the issue known and hopefully spark some action.

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I've been hearing about Manila Zoo for a while. People would say it sucks, don't go there, etc. 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.

Poor thing. :( One of the many malnourished animals at Manila Zoo.

The Manila Zoo is a 5.5-hectare zoo located in Manila, Philippines. It opened on July 25th, 1959. This zoo is almost 50 years old. The problem? It really does look 50 years old. Another problem? It receives millions of visitors every year, local and foreign. What a shameful tourist destination it is.

The zoo's entrance is normal looking, decent, even. Not like the depressing interior.

Dirt-cheap entrance fees. Probably one of the reasons for the zoo's poor maintenance. Sadly they have no right to charge more either, based from the condition of the zoo.

Map of the zoo. Looks small and simple enough. But "small" is one of the zoo's biggest problems.

Old, rusty cages. Hardly any animal in sight.

This is Mali, the zoo's biggest attraction. He is an Asian elephant that arrived at the zoo as an orphaned calf donated from Sri Lanka.

He is the biggest attraction but what kind of an enclosure is that? It's sad, small, tight and boring.

Disgusting looking pond.

Yes there is a tiger in this photo. Yes those are dead leaves from who knows how many days or weeks. Why isn't anyone cleaning up the mess?

An even worse mess--literal trash? What is wrong with this zoo's maintenance?

Sad tiger.

Look, horses!

Wait, why do they look like that?

You can almost see its bones. Sick and not in the cool way.

How could it possibly get worse than that?

How about this rabbit's untreated wound?

Or this ostrich with a dead eye?

Horrible and sickening, isn't it. Yes, a lot of other visitors thought the same way. I read through a number of reviews. Here are some of them:

"I don't know if the horses, zebras and tigers are well fed because they are seemed to be bulimic. The only acceptable exhibits in this zoo are the different species of birds and to some extent the reptiles as they seemed to be well fed.

Most of the animal cages are not clean, as what are the purpose of having bottles of mineral water and other trash doing inside the tiger's cage. I hope the solitude elephant would not die of boredom. I have fond memories of this zoo when I was 5 or 6 years old but now I am even discouraging my friends to visit this zoo."

"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."

"I sadly have to echo other comments suggesting that this is the worst zoo others and myself have ever visited.

The conditions in which the animals were housed was depressing.

Regrettably, this zoo has little to recommend it and should ideally be closed."

Reviews from Trip Advisor

I also found some more stories from visitors. A visitor from the US went to the zoo because his wife said it would be a good experience. He was able to watch in horror as a zookeeper punished an alligator by stabbing its head with a nail attached to a stick. (source) Another visitor claimed to have spotted a Philippine Eagle lying down dead on the pathway. The same person said a Palawan bear cat suddenly dropped dead in his cage in front of their 7-year-old nephew. (source)

It seems that there are also issues with the people who visit the zoo. A reviewer who used to love the zoo visited again recently and complained about people throwing things at the animals. (source) Another reviewer reported a man who fed a bird to the crocodiles, but was only answered with "that is no longer our concern." (source)

Some people even called it “The Worst Zoo I've Ever Visited”, and said “Needs to be closed.” Another suggested, “Do not support this zoo. Go to the Philippine Avilon Zoo instead!”.

Sad, isn't it? Our capital's namesake zoo, a complete and utter shame. This zoo was once a good one. But poor maintenance ruined and destroyed it. Because of this, animals are suffering. I'd say they would be better off elsewhere, because this zoo is no shelter.

Unless things change.

According to the PETA Asia Pacific website, there were reports of Thailand planning to send a new elephant to Manila Zoo at the request of Mayor Alfredo Lim. But fortunately for them, it was found that Thailand had no such plan.

PETA Asia has apparently been campaigning against the zoo for years now. They sent the Mayor many requests to visit the zoo and see for himself the suffering the animals had to endure. The requests were ignored.

How are things supposed to change when our officials ignore these calls for change?

I guess all we can do is keep trying. Spread awareness, and pray that somehow, something will happen for the good of the zoo.

In fact, the zoo is reportedly attempting to improve their facilities.

Let's see how that will turn out.

Edit: PETA Asia-Pacific has a petition you can sign to Stop More Animals from Suffering at the Manila Zoo. See it here.

Edit 2: A friend of mine who visited the zoo recently said there have definitely been improvements. "It's better looking than that last time I visited. The Crocs were finally spaced out and the tigers enclosure was cool and green. And I didn't see any frighteningly thin horses." Hopefully the improvements keep up and the horror in this post will not happen again.

Written and gathered for NATSCA2 class
Sources: Tripadvisor.com, PETA Asia, Hubpages, and Google Images
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wingedrivers.insanejournal.comwingedrivers.insanejournal.com on July 12th, 2011 02:42 pm (UTC)
Why not start a petition?


The kewl news is that this site's actually helped several causes. Why not start one? I'll sign the petition, those animals shouldnt' be treated like that.
drmslyrdrmslyr on July 12th, 2011 03:47 pm (UTC)
this is so sad. i do think that a petition will be very helpful~
fademianfademian on July 12th, 2011 06:24 pm (UTC)
So sad
This is Painful to watch I support the start a petition comment .
ねいneitaro on July 13th, 2011 12:48 am (UTC)
Damn... I didn't know that Manila Zoo was like that. It's too heartbreaking. I really wish that there's something we could do. And I am also asking your permission to link this entry to all my accounts so I can spread the word to all of my friends.

This is one of the reasons why I think that our country is hopeless. I'm so sorry... but I've already lost hope a long time ago...
Veritas et Joey: manikakovox_veritas on July 13th, 2011 08:24 am (UTC)
There was a massive rehabilitation program for Manila Zoo held a few years ago and seeing these photos, I can assume the money that was gathered for that project went to dubious pockets. Again. How tragic.

I will start a petition for the zoo to be closed down. Thank you for the eye-opener, Nix.
wickedbunnystar on July 13th, 2011 12:24 pm (UTC)
I have volunteered for the zoo recently and I would like to defend the zoo. Manila Zoo is owned by the government and they do not receive their budget regularly. For example, if the budget and supplies they're supposed to be receive last quarter last year, they only received it about a month ago. Yes, the entrance fee is cheap also, so how can you expect them to beautify the zoo immediately? The only way they are able to add money to their fund is through the coins that people were throwing into the ponds of the animals, that even if you sum them up, it won't still be enough. And because of the limited budget they have, you can't also expect that they have enough food to feed the animals. Unless you might want to donate some in order for the animals to eat more? That would really mean a lot to the animals and the zoo as well.

And the visitors are also responsible for how the zoo is now. Simple rules such as throwing their trash in the trash bins are not followed. They throw their water bottles and junk food foils in the enclosure of the crocodile.Do you expect the caretaker to just jump inside it to clean it even if his safety will be put to risk? Another simple rule that the visitors can't follow is that DO NOT FEED THE ANIMALS. Hard headed they are, they still reach food to the monkeys even if we warned them already not to. Some didn't just reach the food, but threw them inside. There are other visitors who even try to pluck out the feathers of the birds.

As for Mali, who by the way is a female, her enclosure is bigger already being extended at the back.

The animals that needs to be treated are always immediately removed from the enclosure and placed at the quarantine area. The veterinarians see to it that they are given proper treatment and are well taken care of.

Why do you guys always see problems in Manila Zoo? Just because it is a public zoo? Is that why PETA and all other people will always put the Zoo down unlike in other zoos that are privately owned? Is it because you can't enter those zoos and inspect and criticize them that's why you always see the fault in Manila Zoo? You just don't know how hard the veterinarians and the caretakers really work to maintain the animals.

If you really want the zoo to become a wonderful place again, DO SOMETHING AND NOT CRITICIZE IT!
valerious_dvalerious_d on July 13th, 2011 01:00 pm (UTC)
Thank you for your opinion. It's interesting to get another point of view on the issue.

I'd like to point out a few things.

1. The author of this post already pointed out that the fees are low, so it's not TOO surprising that it's hard to maintain. But she is also concerned for the welfare of the animals and the maintenance of the zoo. That's why we can't just let this pass just because the funds don't arrive right away.

2. Even if it were the visitor's responsibility, it's still up to the employees in Manila Zoo to make sure these visitor's are disciplined.

3. This is actually the first time I've heard of the issue with Manila Zoo, so am not sure why you're saying "why we always see problems with it". And even if we did, why can't we complain? This is a serious issue dealing with animal rights and the lack of the Philippine government to fix this. Would you rather more foreigners complain about it? That's even more embarrassing that the locals doing so.

4. Related to #3, no I don't think this has anything to do with it being "publicly"-owned or privately owned. It's on the matter of "The animals of Manila Zoo look mistreated and we want to do something about it."

5.Actually you're right. We shouldn't just complain. That's why the author shared this blog to her friends and word spread around and now people are willing to find something to do about it. PinoyTumblr posted her link and this is already trending on Twitter. Petitions have been created and people are signing it. So at least even if she herself can't do anything about it now, maybe a higher power will.

In the end, all that we're asking is these animals are taken to a place where they are better treated. If Manila Zoo cannot afford to do it because the government has other pressing issues or there's money problems, then let's send these animals to a place that can.

(no subject) - ricah_haruna on July 13th, 2011 01:06 pm (UTC)
Amanojaku Yokai on July 15th, 2011 04:22 am (UTC)
To be fair, the poster was just showing the problem from a different perspective, and not attacking you, your friend or the blog.

From how I see it, he helped the animals in his own way by volunteering his services and time (just for emphasis ---> volunteer = no compensation.) which he could have better used for his own personal gain. In his judgment, it was perhaps the best he could do, or that all he could spare without causing undue hardship on himself. There are many problems in this world with no easy solutions, and an individual can only do so much.

If "KURO_AKIRA" just so happened to have come up with the idea of posting this on the internet and was successful in bringing attention to the plight of the animals in the zoo as her/his way of helping them, well then good for her/him and the animals. Kudos. There's no need to strut around and take a morally superior stance about it. Nor is there a need to fly into an estrogen packed fit of rage when someone posts an opinion not exactly on all fours with someone else's.

To be clear, "KURO_AKIRA" certainly didn't. She/he actually responded to the post in a mature way and gave her/his two cents in rebuttal of the other poster's opinion. While we may all be upset about conditions at the zoo, there's no need to let emotions get the better of us because it doesn't help in the solution of the problem at all. This is Manila, not some city in the south.

Ipe Targaryenipe on July 13th, 2011 01:32 pm (UTC)
Sorry if it weren't for these criticisms, we wouldn't know about the sad state of the zoo.
Clearly, something has to be done. Kung paiiralin ang kanipisan ng balat sibuyas, walang mangyayari.
marie angelcakes: cookies and milkmarieangelcakes on July 13th, 2011 01:43 pm (UTC)
Just to add, I see where you are coming from, the Manila Zoo indeed is a government owned establishment hence depends on it, in addition to this, visitors themselves violate the laws of the zoo "pero andun na nga tayo", it may not really be the entire fault of the zookeepers, veterinarians, employees, volunteers or what-so-ever but it doesn't change the FACT that the animals there are suffering and the condition of the zoo is horrible...

With all due respect, my friend's blog here is more on informing and advocating rather than criticizing, as it appeals to me. I'm more grateful that she posted this here, because at least, it made an IMPACT (need do I say that it is currently trending in Twitter), now more people realize the tormenting condition of the supposedly "animal sanctuary".

And you suggested we do "something' and so what is this "something"? by volunteering, I guess? I don't know but in this case, it takes more than mere volunteering to solve this problem and so a "collective action" (of course with the help of the government and animal-advocacy groups/organization) is more likely to be the best panacea.
pag_agos on July 13th, 2011 02:27 pm (UTC)
Sorry to troll, I think that it's justifiable that Malik be called a he because in Sinhala the name means little brother. They should rename her, then.

Anyhow, it's kind of sad that the government wants to have a zoo that they can't even maintain thus harboring ill feelings from its viewers. Judging by the photos and the petitions made regarding this ordeal -- aren't people doing something about it? Sorry, I think it's human nature to criticize pain and suffering.

I guess, what you're expecting from the poster of this critique is for her to volunteer in the zoo too and evenhandedly cure the animals with her own powers and such... that's impossible. She actually did this article -- thus did something to make the people, and eventually the government aware of its lack of awareness.

And because I've been to the zoo and see how sad and worn down it looks like, I have to say that even if its a paradise for other people who actually have their whole lives dedicated in that place -- it is cool to close it down. If OUR government can't afford it, then why maintain a zoo? Tsk.
pag_agos on July 13th, 2011 02:35 pm (UTC)
*saw ;D
Jekka Mae Camonmonjimonj on July 13th, 2011 03:21 pm (UTC)
@wickedbunnystar: OH REALLY? "You just don't know how hard the veterinarians and the caretakers really work to maintain the animals."

I'm sorry but the things to criticize about Manila Zoo outweigh the good things it has to offer(if there is any). Hitting an alligator on the head with a nail? Animals which are almost thin to death? Is that what you're calling "proper treatment"? Goodness what is wrong with you?!

As for the "Another simple rule that the visitors can't follow is that DO NOT FEED THE ANIMALS.", haven't you read the testimonial from one visitor? "Another reviewer reported a man who fed a bird to the crocodiles, but was only answered with "that is no longer our concern." " What do you call that now?

Please stop defending your side 'cause YOU'RE NOT MAKING ANY POINT AT ALL. Isn't it obvious that the management isn't doing their best? OH, MAYBE YOU ARE ONE OF THEM. You're one of those greedy and corrupt officials who can't do anything about their miserable lives besides feeding themselves with money that's supposed to be allocated for the animals.

Jemimah BantigueJemimah Bantigue on July 13th, 2011 05:03 pm (UTC)
Hi I wanted to volunteer in Manila Zoo but the thing is I don't know how,, can you give me the details on how to? I'll be waiting for your reply.. you can send the details on my Email,, chiisai_27@yahoo.com,,, thanks..^_^
John Leo Gavino Gamboa on July 14th, 2011 02:32 am (UTC)
volunteer at manila zoo
volunteer at manila zoo?! how??
i want to help but i obviously dont have the money,, if there is such a thing as a volunteer,, that would do

pls do tell

(no subject) - seekingdeeper on July 16th, 2011 04:14 pm (UTC)
Lealy Antonio GalangLealy Antonio Galang on July 13th, 2011 01:15 pm (UTC)
Even if they start to improve their facilities at this moment, Isnt it already a bit too late? Why act at the point when the animals are already dying? For the sake of those creatures, I think they should be sent away to a better habitat because renovating a zoo isnt that simple and fast :|
miguelle samsonsanMIGUELLEbeer on July 13th, 2011 01:49 pm (UTC)
Fine.yeah,sure say what you want about Manlia Zoo call it cheap or whatsoever....But you're going to far with the insulting....Ask me why I care? here's my answer...BECAUSE IAM A PILIPINO...And no you don't spell it with a "F"....Our prices may be cheap but its kinda worth it....Its better than paying to go to some crappy empty zoo...And you know why we can't give it for free? Because the people working there won't have that much...Fine call their salary small...once you totaled the money that they earn but that small thing for them is big because its better than money....To tell the truth...We have A LOT of poor people with nowhere to live ..And why there's garbage? Because THE BINS ARE ALREADY FULL...Or they're just too lazy to put it in
Jaijaiant_panda on July 13th, 2011 02:12 pm (UTC)
Re: Seriously?!
You are completely missing the point. It's NOT about that at ALL. It IS, however, about the poor animals that are suffering because of this. She is NOT INSULTING THE FILIPINO PEOPLE, she IS one, for crying out loud. All she is doing is calling attention to the atrocity that is happening in Manila Zoo. If you're so concerned about your image as a citizen of the Philippines, you would not want this zoo to be associated with your country. It represents laziness, neglect and apathy, the "bahala na" attitude that we Filipinos are sadly known for.

I suggest you take a reading and comprehension course or two, because the main essence of this article flew right over your head.
Jaijaiant_panda on July 13th, 2011 02:22 pm (UTC)
Re: Seriously?!
By the way, you spell it "Pilipino" when you're writing in Filipino (I mean the language, just in case I am confusing you), and not "Filipino". Since you are posting in English, it is only correct to use "Filipino".
Barry CyrusBarry Cyrus [wordpress.com] on July 13th, 2011 03:25 pm (UTC)
Unbelievable. I visited the place when I was a kid. I hope further action gets done, but thanks PETA.
Purple Hale: gokuderameganepurplehale on July 13th, 2011 03:36 pm (UTC)
I went there last year I think and all I can say is it was poorly maintained. It was my first time visiting the zoo since I'm not originally from Manila but yeah, the condition of the animals were really sad. I was expecting it to be somewhat nicely maintained since it's a tourist attraction but was disappointed.

But I'm glad they are NOW aware of the problem since someone finally wrote about it. I hope this brings good attention to the officials because such carelessness can also harm their reputation. And the animals need better treatment.
bulbop on July 14th, 2011 10:24 am (UTC)
sa tingin ko dapat mag volunteer ang mga tao and mag donate ng animal food, medical supplies. wag mag donate ng pera para ndi mapunta sa bulsa ng iba. sa mga volunteer dapat may sarili silang depot para mag distribute at inventory ng donations. Para sa mga tao na gusto mag pakain ng mga hayop, dapat may store na parang feature na rin na nag bebenta ng pag kain na nararapat dun sa hayop para kung ndi mapigilan at least ma manage. tapos dun sa mga nag tatapon ng basura, dapat sila pilitin pulutin ang kalat nila or throw them out. kaya sa mga care takers, oo dapat maging magiting kayo sa pag saway, karapatan nyo yun at responsibilidad ninyo yun.

Kung tutuusin malinis narin ang manila zoo dahil dagsaan talaga ang mga tao dyan, siguro na tyempohan lang yung mineral water bottle dun sa tiger cage. last time I went there mga 2 years ago, 2009 nun 2008 yung pictures eh, ok naman yung zoo although payat talaga yung mga kabayo kasi walang damo dun kasi ang init sa manila.

I suggest also na next election vote wisely, If you want change then change the people in the government stop voting for the same persons or persons belonging to the same family, we need new blood to revive our dying society, our dying morality and country, not just to save the animals.
Bryan Laminero CaldeteraBryan Laminero Caldetera on July 14th, 2011 12:39 pm (UTC)
aren't these zoo's suppose to take care of those animal!!! what the heck is happening here??? It seems the zoo's still gaining income for it's maintenance?!?! is the local government of Manila have fund for this??? better yet give the animals to other zoo were they can be taken care of!!! Hope this petition could help those poor animals!!!
~~~: TOPjela_ow on July 14th, 2011 02:02 pm (UTC)
I visited the zoo about two years ago and the condition of the entire zoo just made me sad. It was really dirty and the enclosures for the animals were cramped. It was pretty obvious that they didn't maintain the place well and they didn't take care of the animals enough as they should. I must say though that the elephant's area is bigger than that because he could pass through the gate and the other side was quite spacious and had a hoop for playing ball. It was really dirty though and he didn't look like he just looked sad there :(

Animal rights should be a bigger issue in the Philippines, tbh. I had recently gone to Baluarte in Ilocos Sur and the animals aren't taken much care of there too. The place is completely open to the public and you have ostriches,deers and ponies running around tourists and a few going through garbage cans with no staff to stop them immediately. It's obvious that policies regarding animal rights aren't very strict and well implemented here and it's a shame. It's understandable though, at least to me, because of the problems regarding poverty and corruption. The government focuses on these more than animal rights but I wish they'd at least take care to oversee how zoos take care of these animals.

Thank you for sharing this and spreading awareness!
~~~: TOPjela_ow on July 14th, 2011 02:04 pm (UTC)
*he didn't look like he was having fun and he just looked sad there
Gan LordGan Lord on July 15th, 2011 12:19 am (UTC)
My first and last visit in Manila Zoo was in 1985-1986 and I was 5-6 years old back then, it was an awesome sight with the rhinos, hippos, giraffes, lions, cranes, crocodiles, and many others but I wonder if they are still there? The main problem with Manila Zoo today is lack of funds, they really need to increase their entrance fee and get more sponsors not only from the local government but also from private groups.
proudfilipino on July 15th, 2011 05:41 am (UTC)
This blog article has misled us all! It took away justice to the few people trying to save Manila Zoo quietly even with the lack of support and appreciation. The blogger should have instead visited the place before putting up such a careless write-up and using old photos to stir reactions, overreactions and exaggerations! It is not fair!

Kuya Kim for one has been keen on asking public support for the aging Manila Zoo and so he regularly features the park so that many people would visit it. Obviously, Manila Zoo’s infrastructure needs an upgrade but I am definitely sure that changes were done for the past years to further improve the park amidst challenges.

The blogger's intention may be good but the delivery is way too irresponsible! So the blogger owes the public updated photos of the zoo and possible apology for pushing Manila Zoo to close down! It's like seeing Pasig River dirty and suddenly we call for the closure of the water way! This is irresponsible journalism. We need to write not just to express or even impress but to enlighten the world with facts in our own little ways. Otherwise, your talent is not helping at all!

You could have closed your article by asking people to patronize Manila Zoo. In that way, it can regain its glory! Kesa manawagang ibagsak nyo ang isang bagay, dapat matuto din kayong tumulong para sa ikaaayos ng mga bagay-bagay! Kung may sira ba ang bahay mo, ipapagiba mo? Kung mayaman ka, pwede pa. Kung hindi naman, humanap ng remedyo! Be proactive! I am also a blogger by the way and I criticize things BUT only when I have the facts! No more. No less!

Sinira mo ang imahe ng bansa nating labis nang lugmok sa kahihiyan at kawalanghiyaang dulot ng irresponsableng gawain ng ilang pulitiko, obispo at nating mga reklamador na mamamayan! So are you proud that your blog got all the media attention to the point of putting down Manila Zoo and the country due to your outdated and misleading article? Thanks!
Nixkuro_akira on July 15th, 2011 06:18 am (UTC)
Hello. I have indeed posted an updated blog. I was aware these photos were outdated, and so have sought to give people a real view of the zoo's current state. When I posted this it was homework. I had no idea it would escalate to this level. I did not ask for any of this. I merely posted what I found. But in an attempt to be more fair, here is my post about last Thursday's visit:


I never wanted the zoo to close down. In fact I am all for the improvement of the zoo. I merely stated the sentiments of some people who did visit the zoo back then. But what big authorities do is no longer under my control. I am not a news blogger nor am I an activist, I am an artist and I usually only post my own work. This is one of the only times I blogged about an issue I thought needed addressing, and therefore, considering the usual content of my blog, never expected it to get as big as it did.

I am aware it was irresponsible, misleading, non-validated. But I have done what I can to "correct" it. Again I did not ask for any of this. I did not ask PETA to close it down. I did not ask Malacanang to issue a statement. I only wanted people to know. I have done what I can.

My updated post has been published at Propinoy.net as well (the site that was responsible for the worldwide trend)
Marik Ramanoxxtis on July 15th, 2011 06:32 am (UTC)
So you want us to keep patronizing a zoo that keeps its animals like that? Yes, the pictures may be outdated, but you should see Nix's latest entry about her trip to MZ last Thursday. They still keep the animals in dirty enclosures and don't treat them well! Closing the zoo would be better because who would want to pay to see animals that look like that?
valerious_dvalerious_d on July 15th, 2011 07:08 am (UTC)

Thank you for your opinion. You're right. The author of this post did not use her own photos and her own writeup...AT FIRST.

You can check her latest blog now and see that she went there 2 days after her post, after this post became WORLDWIDE on twitter.

But let's think about this for a moment. Why do you think this issue became a worldwide trend on Twitter? Why do you think people like Anne Curtis called out on these? Why do you think PETA is planning to make a strike on these things?

BECAUSE THEY ARE TRUE, and if it weren't for this blog none of this would haev

Outdated or not, the issue is still the same. I saw her recent photos and there is still TRASH where the ANIMALS are kept. The horses looked like they were suffering from malnutrition and the ostrich looked like they had no feathers.

The only thing that was pretty was the zip lining and kiddie which cost more than the entrance fee.

I don't know why you want her to patronize something that needs to be fixed. It doesn't make sense. She is a CONCERNED Filipino who just wants to fix what's right and thus she made this blog, while you would rather deny the "embarrassing" things our country has. At least now a higher power can fix this and people are more aware and OTHER people can volunteer, rather than just hide these behind close doors.

I think you should be more ashamed of yourself that you care so much about an old and dying zoo rather than the animals whose health are being more compromised.

Emjo CrixEmjo Crix on July 15th, 2011 08:02 am (UTC)
how sad :(
As I was reading this Article about the Zoo's condition especially the Animals, I was shocked to see the animals who as might as well be dead rather than being in those small and rusty cages with no proper attention from the zoo's employees and maintenance crew. They look so malnourished, don't even have proper medical care (like the ostrich's eye ), and even those human trash scattering around the animal's cages. I hate to see these kinds of situations :(

The people behind the Zoo's maintenance should know their responsibilities, let not the animals die with just not doing anything to improve or lighten up there stay here in the Philippines. It's just like buying a toy and not even taking care of it properly :(

How can you be so stupid (excuse the word) not to attend the needs of these poor creatures?, you have the funds don't you? ( why putting up a zoo when you don't even have one) and you even have a lot of tourists going by every year.

I am so disappointed with the carelessness of you guys regarding on the safety and health of these animals :(
wickedbunnystar on July 15th, 2011 03:31 pm (UTC)
Think about this: Most of the animals in the zoo are captive breed. Kapag pinakawalan sa wild, hindi magtatagal buhay nila. At saan sila pakakawalan? Okay, given that hindi sila pakakawalan, sino ang aako at mag-aalaga sa kanila?

As for the ostrich, magtataka ka bakit walang feather yung ostrich? Alam mo ba ang tinatawag na molting sa ibon? The ostrich will look like that once in a while, as well as some other birds.

Regarding the tiger enclosures, they are cleaned twice a week. Why only twice a week? Try to enter the enclosure of the tigers and clean them instead of the keepers.
proudfilipino on July 16th, 2011 01:25 am (UTC)
In Malaysia and Singapore, people show their pride to their nation by pushing good stories more than the ugly ones! Same as the case in the family, no matter how good you are as a writer, you won’t write and tell the world about your parents’ mistakes or that your siblings’ disgrace. Right? You will try to fix things internally rather than cryinh out loud.

You may be overwhelmed now that you are getingt all the attention but after all the circus shows, you will see the ill effects of putting up an issue carelessly. People will lose their jobs, hungry kids will roam the streets and a few parents will either rob or sell their flesh! Why? Because all we know is to put down the institutions or even the government everytime we see something wrong!

Would you want to see Manila Zoo same as Nayong Pilipino? It was closed down because few people would even care to help keep it? Would you rather see another shopping mall or condominium tower built on a park that once became part of our heritage as a once strong nation?

Indonesia’s Taman Mini is like Manila Zoo. It is old, dirty but it is supported by the people and the government. None of the citizen would even dare to put it down because it is a place where families who cannot afford HK Disney Land or Singapore Zoo can spend valuable time.

If you see the zoo messy, pool people to go there one weekend and cleanup! Instead of thousands of young people spending registration fees for marathons, why don’t you call for all these people to bring brooms and help clean the zoo or even the entire city? In this way, you are fair – you open an issue and provide resolution.

If I post an article about squatters, homeless and aged people on streets, would you guys show the same interest in pushing the government to take care of these poor people same as how you all suddenly became animal lovers? How many of you even checked the dying people in PGH?

This country has been into negativism for so long that no matter how hard the government nor the few people try to put positive changes, the people would simply not support it. Why? We love criticizing! We are crabs! Believe it or not!

There is no glory in all these. When you get to close Manila Zoo, will that solve the issue? If other parks are soon blogged as filthy, so we go online and put up a petition for closure? What happened to BAYANIHAN and being proactive? Can we not all go out one weekend and clean up all the mess we see in this country?

In a blogger’s point of view, I would be happy that I got all the hits to put my blog in the spotlight! I’ll be happy to get that fame we all wanted. I got the audience I needed! At the end of the day, I have put my country to shame and disgrace. I put all the animals in Manila Zoo in a limbo as they will soon be homeless the same as the people who could end up unemployed!

Would you think that releasing the elephant on the wild would do good? Nope! Because without the publicity and media watching, all of us simply don’t care! There are alot of things that we could do. We need to be positive and proactive. We nees to stop being activists and crabs!

Go to Manila Zoo! Pat the shoulders of the employees there and tell them that you all wanted to help out! Save and share! Instead of buying that expensive Starbucks coffee just to tweet that you’re hanging out at Starbucks, save the money and donate it to Manila Zoo! Better, buy food for the animals! Do your share!

I may think differently but we all have the same goal – to improve things! I hope you guys don’t get me wrong. Sino pa ang magtutulungan kundi tayong mga Filipino. Let’s stop all the blabbing and let’s put actions if indeed we care for the animals and for Manila Zoo!

mythrilblade on July 16th, 2011 02:19 pm (UTC)
(not a Livejournal user but asked a friend to post my reply)

Hello Proud Filipino Blogger,

I must agree to your opinion because what you said is very true. Basically this blog is somewhat an eye-opener for people. The future of our nation is in the hands of the youth right? Since we are in the internet generation, the youth get to look at these things and figure out that something is definitely wrong. It is up to them if they want to help or just complain.

This post is not just about complaining, it's more of a cry for help. Some of our officials won't just look on to this issue and all.

To make things clear, this is a school assignment about Natural Sciences. The blogger is my friend and classmate. We are looking at the issue in the perspective of an environmentalist. More of a Filipino environmentalist, actually. I agree to your point of view but should we all just listen to other concerns in a perspective that we should also check? Our country is definitely rich~ Rich in natural resources and we have animals that can be only found here. Regarding the `suddenly we became animal lovers` is somewhat offending to me because I'm currently taking this subject in school that made me sensitive to our ecosystem. (I won't dwell on to that further since it will become off the topic)

I understand your point about your suggestions `instead of this and that` solutions. True that could be good. I have to say, it is a blog about reacting about the situation. We are surprised it got many hits and all and we are happy about that because there is a message that was effectively sent to peoples hearts and minds.

Your reaction is somewhat helpful because you shared your point of view. My problem is the closing of Manila Zoo (which the blogger said recently that she didn't want that to happen). Weird thing about most of our officials is that they do a project (solution) right away to solve the problem but how about the long term effect, as for the poor animals?

I hope you get to understand my reply :) I just want to help clearing things (kahit sobrang liit) up.

proudfilipino on July 16th, 2011 10:15 pm (UTC)
Amidst my opinion, I still have my admiration to the young people like you and the blogger plus the lady from ProPinoy. As I said, we all have the same goal at the end of the day - positive changes. When I was younger, I am exactly the same. I write fearlessly to the point that I risk my reputation and my achievements in school just to voice out a concern and push for changes. There is nothing wrong with that for as long as you write fairly and with facts.

We all need to talk. We all need to speak our minds. We all need to stand up and fight. The only thing I hope that you guys get to learn in the coming years is to be able to enhance further your ability to put up a battle against the issues in the society by being equipped with justice, fairness and sense of responsibility. Some readers might push you further to the point that soon your mindset will be more on "hunting for flaws" than looking for "good stuffs". There is a great difference between an activist and an advocate. I won't elaborate.

We have so much issues at hand. Raising another de-focus people onto solving prior problems. Aside from that, it has become a habit for the few to criticize without facts and then put people on jeopardy. We also miss the part of patting people's shoulders when they do good. For us, no one is doing any right. We do not know how to appreciate. We seldom write good things about people doing small things or big things for this country. For all we know, there are people in the background trying to save Manila Zoo whose effort right now are put to waste because the blog article made it look as if they have done absolutely nothing.

IF I BLOG A PHOTO ABOUT A COP STANDING NEXT TO A CAR TALKING TO A DRIVER, I CAN PUSH A STORY IN TWO WAYS - either a cop trying to extort money from an errant driver or a good policeman trying to give direction to a confused driver. If I want to create an issue, I would use the first story. It would definitely gain attention and lots of hits online. People would definitely be faster to condemn possible wrongdoings. It is easier to throw stones at someone.

These days, you get more reader if you refer on bad news because good news don't seem to attract us anymore. It is also easier to make people believe even with less validation of facts. We want to talk about things and we want to pin down people. We may deny this but normally, we all have the habit of asking for the person to blame for. This is the attitude that I hope you guys won't get used to. You are all good. You all are the hope of this country. I do hope that you get to love your nationality more. It is okay to expose but only when you have already exhausted all means to consult the issue to the proper authority and still nothing is happening - then you blog about it and you can even resort to IMBESTIGADOR!

Anyway, I have stated my piece. I support your advocacy for animal welfare but I will never ever support the closure of Manila Zoo. I will go for temporary closure though for its renovation and I might put up a call as well for people - big and small to help. If we can pool people and resources to SAVE PASIG RIVER, why can't we do the same to SAVE MANILA ZOO? Besides, I would rather love to see a zoo in the city than see another residential tower take over the precious property! We can do it if we get to help each other. If we do not trust the government enough due to rampant corruption, let's donate food. Let's pool money ourselves and seek the help of engineers and architects who may want to volunteer their services and let's help renovate the place.

AMIDST MY OPINION AND COMMENTS, I THANK YOU GUYS AND THE BLOGGER FOR YOUR EFFORTS. As I said, you got my support now except for the call to close the institution. I hope you guys will take our suggestions too so someday we will have great journalists and great people in you! Always be proud of your country. Put pride in your nationality. Do not contribute to something that will put our flag down. Our ancestors fought so hard so we can have the freedom that we enjoy today.

Moreso, THE POWER OF THE PEN (keyboard for bloggers) COMES WITH GREAT RESPONSIBILITY. Maraming Salamat!
valerious_dvalerious_d on July 17th, 2011 08:51 am (UTC)
Hi there.

I see your point. Well, I think as long as the officials can take care of the animals while still maintaining the zoo, then all is well. That's all I ask for, and I think that's all many ask for.

I think a lot of us are just cynical based on how a lot of the government offices work. I don't have much faith in the government myself. But if we get a lot of volunteers and donations, then why not? ^___^

It would be nice to see the zoo that I visited as a child, but at the end of the day I just care about the animals. A nice zoo (Especially this one since it has our capital's name on it) would be nice!
mythrilblade on July 17th, 2011 10:10 am (UTC)
Thank you for sharing fellow Pinoy.
Erwin  Lim CoErwin Lim Co on July 16th, 2011 01:46 am (UTC)
suggested steps
1. temporarily send out the animals to other zoos where they would be taken cared of properly.

2. close down the zoo for renovation.

3. determine what kind of animals would fit the limited space. example: it could be turned into a bird park.

3. ask the government/ private corporations to fund zoo rehabilitation in exchange for naming rights etc.

4. bring back the animals that would fit the newly renovated zoo.

5. animals that can no longer be accommodated could stay permanently at their then temporary homes.

-steer pilipinaspoker