Family Field Trips · Memoirs of a Mummy

First Family Field Trip: Manila Zoo!!

Last Sunday, after 20 thousand reschedules, we finally got to go to Manila Zoo! Despite the negative feedback that I read about the zoo, we actually had a grand time. I was surprised to see that a lot of people still go to Manila Zoo nowadays. We don’t have any picture of Aki smiling but most of the pictures would show that he was AMAZED!

We saw an gentle elephant, a pair of ostrich,  Philippine deer, lazy alligators, even lazier crocodiles, snakes, shy zebras, cute fluffy sheep (or were they lambs?), a lot of monkeys among others. I don’t know if I just missed them but I did not see a giraffe, a lion, a hippo and a carabao.

Inside the reptile sanctuary, Aki pretended to feed the snakes and iguanas.

Peacocks, swans and ducks are in the island surrounded by water. Aki would have loved it if we got a closer look but renting a boat was out of the question. I did not consider renting a boat because 1)  the water seemed very dirty 2) there were no lifevests 3) the lagoon is pretty huge. Poor daddies did not seem to know that they will be row row rowing for a long long time.

Kinder Zoo, a privately owned petting zoo, inside Manila Zoo is a must see. Because it is privately owned, Kinder Zoo is well maintained. The staff are friendly too. I love the yellow turtle. Aki got to sit on it but he wanted to stand up immediately because he wanted to inspect the turtle. He did not just inspect the turtle, he also talked to it about the nearby horse, with matching neeeeeigh sound. Haha.

Aki’s favorite animal in the zoo were the dolphins. Correction, inflatable dolphins. He has a thing now for fishes. Kids were happily swimming with the dolphins in the small pool inside Kinder Zoo. Aki jealously watched them from a far. On our way out, we stopped by the koi pond again. Aki had to be carried because he did not want to leave.

Allow me to bombard you with more family pictures.

Manila Zoo, we shall return!

Additional Info

– Manila Zoo and Kinder Zoo can be toured in an hour and a half. We arrived at 4:30PM and left a little before 6.

– Wear comfortable clothes. It wasn’t very humid. It was shady because there were a lot of trees. There were a lot of people but it wasn’t crowded. Still, we found ourselves sweating. It must be all the walking.

– Although I did not see a single mosquito, I highly recommend slathering mosquito repellant lotion. Aside from the water in the lagoon, there were small puddles of water that might attract mosquitos.

– To get there, go straight along South Expressway. Turn left when you reach Quirino Avenue. Take another left at Adriatico. Manila Zoo is on the right side. It is in front of a colorful public playground.

– Entrance to Manila Zoo is 20 bucks. Kinder Zoo charges 100 bucks per adult. We did not pay for Aki.

– The zoo opens at  7AM to 6PM daily

14 thoughts on “First Family Field Trip: Manila Zoo!!

  1. Wow! Had we known na open pa ang Manila zoo, jan nlng sana kmi pumunta. Try niyo din ang Paradizoo at Mendez, Cavite where mostly Farm animals nmn ang meron 🙂

  2. Okay pa din naman pala. Kase I’ve seen the news and photos of poor animals, like yung ostrich na bulag at mga payatot na animals in dirty cage. as in nakakaawa. 😦

    anywayssss, maniniwala ka ba kung sasabihin kong di pa ko nakakapunta sa manila zoo? hahaha. tho i’ve been to other zoos in the metro. 😀

      1. Believe it or not, I’ve never been to SG Zoo. Yung Night Safari and Jurong Bird Park napuntahan ko before when I went here for a tour. I liked Jurong Bird Park, ganda ng birds esp yung sandamukal na flamingo.. I’m sure mag-eenjoy dun si Aki. Sa Night Safari matatakot sya.. Kase madilim. Haha. 😆

  3. wow, Manila Zoo! alam mo bang Ryan & I had a date dyan before i went to Dubai? and we really had a grand time, lalo na sa Kinder Zoo.

    i’m glad Aki had so much fun sa zoo. and he’s not scared of animals ha, brave boy!

    1. Hahaha! Natawa naman ako sa comment mo. Sa dami ng pwedeng puntahan before umalis ng Pilipinas, sa Manila zoo pa talaga kayo nagdate ha.
      maganda ba ang zoo jan sa Dubai?

      1. Haha! I know, we’re weird like that! 😛 We just wanted to be kids for a day so we decided to take a trip to the zoo and eat at Jollibee afterwards 🙂

        The zoo in Dubai is blah, but the nearby Emirates’ zoos are really awesome. One of which is managed by San Diego Zoo in California, which is the best zoo here in the UAE. I’ve yet to post our zoo trip to my blog, among other pending stories *boo*

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