The Manila Zoo is not what others expect as well kept than some. I remember visiting the one in Singapore, and I got to feed a giraffe and its rough tongue brushing my fingers, and it was so big that we didn't finish seeing all the animals there.
Back in Manila Zoo, we only have a few animals (the site says 500 animals) and I didn't notice any guides touring visitors or any animal petting areas where the kids can experience some of the less wilder species first hand.
It is no surprise that any pro-animal group are recommending the closure and transfer of the animals to other zoos, after seeing some state of decay. I think, however, that loosing OUR zoo would will not do, as we stand to loose a place of learning and interaction with animals.
Here are some of the sketches of the animals that caught our attention.
|Mali the elephant was moving about most of the time|
|Muffy's sketch of Mali|
|7-year-old Ampoa and her sketch of Mali|
|Mali was obviously a bit restless with her pacing around and sometimes not so enthusiastic to visitors|
|We saw some of the birds like this macaw caged up with no way of using their wings|
|She had such a colorful blending feathers|
|This Cassowary bird had a very large horn|
|A least this one has lots of space to run around|
|The peacocks couldn't stay still! Now I know where G-Force's costume design came from.|
|The harvest of sketches on sketchbooks for this session|
|We had a hearty lunch at the nearby Tapa King|