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!
– 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