PHOTOS: Manila Zoo Reopens With a Fresh Look on December 30

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(SPOT.ph) The Manila Zoo in the Philippine capital has been around since 1959. It was under fire in the 2000s as People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals called for the global closure of zoos; then again in the mid-2010s for the alleged poor treatment of the elephant Mali; and in 2019, when it was closed down after the Department of Environment and Natural Resources found that it was dumping untreated sewage into the Manila Bay. In July 2020, a P1.7-billion project for the rehabilitation of Manila Zoo started; and after more than a year, the refurbished attraction is opening on December 30

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The almost five-hectare facility, which is also known as the Manila Zoological and Botanical Garden, features modernized enclosures surrunded by transparent glass, elevated viewing decks and pathways, several dancing fountains, and mini-falls around a manmade lagoon. There are also separate spaces for the Animal Museum, Botanical Garden, Butterfly Garden, and Endemic Animals. Zoo animals will be transferred to their enclosures starting on December 27.

Improved amenities include spacious restrooms, souvenir stores, food stalls, drinking fountains, parking areas, and benches. Night visits are also encouraged as the whole zoo is well-lit in the evenings. The new Manila Zoo also has a sewage treatment plant.

According to Manila Mayor Isko Moreno, the December 30 soft opening is reserved for the project's 1,300 construction workers and their families. City officials are also expected to provide free food and drinks for this event.

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