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Bagong pasyalan! Isko Moreno gives sneak peek of renovated Manila Zoo

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Families will have a new attraction to go to in Manila as the Manila Zoo is set to open its doors to the public early next year.

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno gave a sneak peek of the renovated zoo to the media on December 30, coinciding with Rizal Day.

“Sa lahat ng mga kasamahan namin na bumuo, sa lahat ng mga kababayan natin sa lungsod ng Maynila, at sa lahat ng ating mga kababayang Pilipino, welcome po kayo sa Manila Zoo. Ang bagong Manila Zoo kung saan modern, makabago at mas maaliwalas sa tao at mas maaliwalas sa mga hayop,” he said.

Previously describing the zoo as having become “at par with the world’s best zoological and botanical gardens,” Moreno said visitors can now witness a zoo that can be considered one of the best in Asia.

The New Manila Zoo’s redevelopment covered more than 51,000 square meters which now has a museum, a restaurant, a veterinary hospital, new animal habitats, a coffee shop and a new parking area.

It also boasts of an Animal Museum, Botanical Garden, and the Butterfly Garden with its own viewing loft, and separate enclosures for Filipino endemic animals and birds.

To ensure that the zoo will have a steady supply of wild animals, Moreno previously said that the city government of Manila is starting a partnership with the Cebu Safari and Adventure Park for future exchanges of wildlife and animal medicines.