I give the credit to my wife, Tina who suggested we bring our son, Gabby back to a place that’s perhaps so familiar to you and me; feels like our relatives do exist there (pun intended) hehehe
No, we did not go mall-hopping last weekend but instead revisited creatures that can remind us of our childhood.
The picture below can tell you that Gabby was too uneasy with the claws of this colorful feathered friend on his left shoulder, nevertheless still managed to smile for the cam (read : no coercion was done for him to smile, *wink*).
It has been years since we first brought him to KINDER ZOO –an interactive (read : guests can touch animals with guidance of zoo keepers) and it’s a more colorful zoo inside Manila Zoological and Botanical Park a.k.a. the good old Manila Zoo that has been existing for more than 50 years, would you believe ? When was your last visit to the zoo ?
Kinder Zoo is a smaller scale but with a higher rate of PhP 65 compared to the Manila Zoo’s entrance fee of PhP 40/adult and PhP 20/child below 4ft. The 2 fees should be paid if you want to experience both and expect to see what your money’s worth.
For a family like us who have been fortunate to experience a few parks abroad, Manila Zoo suffered another comparison. Yes, we’re grateful that it is still on operations for more kids will be exposed to “most living things” quite up close, but a little more improvement and a huge reform on maintenance and cleanliness definitely won’t hurt.
Anyway, inside the Kinder Zoo, non living things like original Lego structures are installed…
Even Pooh, Piglet and Tigger can pose with you without a flicker, LOL!
Even Tortoise knows how to smile…
Manila Zoo still has its one and only large mammal…
Yes, she’s the same elephant you probably saw during your educational fieldtrips or ordinary visits to this zoo during your wonder years.
Apparently, the zoo has improved through the years, but further development can be done to enhance it more.
I know ecological balance can’t be totally observe in a zoo with cages and all but it’s a responsibility in a way for parents and adults like us to teach our kids about nature and get them exposed to it as close as possible.
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