Wednesday, July 24, 2013

We're going to the zoo

20 July 2013. Metro Manila.

I took advantage of the good weather and brought Zac to Manila Zoo, so he could catch a glimpse of Mali, the much-talked about elephant, before the government decide on its fate.

The Manila Zoological and Botanical Garden, or Manila Zoo, was opened to the public on July 25, 1959. With a land area of 5.5 hectares, visitors may roam the place on foot. There are souvenir booths, canteen, and several playgrounds in the area.


There's also a lagoon in the area, where visitors may rent a boat for a relaxing boat ride around the zoo.

Just across Mali is the Kinder Zoo Adventure Jungle, or Kinder Zoo. It has its own entrance fee of Php100.00/person, and for another Php50.00/activity, one may enjoy the following activities the zoo has to offer: zipline, rock climbing, butterfly catching, horseback riding, fish spa, swimming pool, and animal feeding. I availed of the Metro Deal promo offering entrance fee and 2 activities for merely Php96.00/person. Since Zac is just 14 months old, and the nannies and I were too old for any kinder zoo activity, I availed of the only safe activity for the kid's age: butterfly catching.

In contrast to Manila Zoo, Kinder Zoo offers a more intimate encounter with its animals. Probably because of its smaller land area, the place was rich in terms of greenery. Zac was, as always, fascinated with the birds. Visitors may avail of the free picture-taking services offered by the zoo. We dared have a picture with the snake, and the exotic birds.

Until his next adventure...