Para sa mga hayop! Erap vows ‘world-class’ Manila Zoo
Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada has vowed to facilitate the rehabilitation of Manila Zoo even as he welcomed “Ashley,” the newest tiger cub born in the 58-year-old animal park.
Estrada is delighted that another baby tiger has been successfully bred in captivity, saying it attests to the city government’s continuing effort to properly take care of the hundreds of animals at the zoo.
“Ashley’s birth, along with dozens of animals born here every year, shows the quality of attention and care we give to them. We are giving the animals everything they need in terms of food, nutrition, lahat binibigay ‘yan,” the Manila mayor pointed out.
Ashley’s birth at the zoo, Estrada added, is an indication that animals at the facility “are well nutritioned.”
“That is one big factor, they have to be well-nutritioned para sila ay mabuntis.”
With the growing animal population in the zoo, Estrada said the planned P1.5-billion rehabilitation of the 5.5-hectare Manila Zoo is underway.
He said the end product would be a “world-class” facility with more attractions and animals to see.
The priority of the project, he stressed, is to build better and bigger enclosures for the animals.
Born on March 1, Ash Wednesday, Ashley was introduced to the media on Estrada’s 80th birthday last April 19.
The male tiger cub was an offspring of Kiel, a three-year-old Siberian tiger who was also born at the Manila Zoo.
Ashley had a twin, but it died shortly after birth, according to Dr. Heinrich Domingo, the officer-in-charge of the Zoological Division.
“He (Ashley) was born via normal delivery,” Domingo said, “and he’s healthy and can now walk on his own.”