Solv­ing a prob­lem like MANILA ZOO

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The Manila gov­ern­ment web­site touts the Manila Zoo -- for­mally known as the Manila Zo­o­log­i­cal and Botan­i­cal Gar­den, and main­tained by the Pub­lic Recre­ation Bureau -- as a 5.5 hectare ed­u­ca­tional cen­ter hous­ing around 500 an­i­mals of 106 species. While Young be­lieves that the zoo is prop­erly funded in terms of its food and medicine bud­get, he stated in a pub­lic Face­book post dated Septem­ber 18 this year that the zoo lacks fund­ing for the re­pair of its in­fra­struc­ture. In 2015, Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada an­nounced the prospec­tive sign­ing of a P1.5 bil­lion joint ven­ture agree­ment “to make the zoo world-class, like [the one] in Sin­ga­pore,” re­ported Nathaniel Mel­i­can for Philip­pine Daily In­quirer. Noth­ing has been writ­ten about the project since it was put on hold in 2016. With­out the con­tin­u­ous sup­port of the Manila City gov­ern­ment, Manila Zoo has had to rely on the help of

Zoo Crew Philip­pines. Sevilla shared that her time with the vol­un­teer or­ga­ni­za­tion helped change her ini­tially neg­a­tive per­cep­tion of zoos into a pos­i­tive one, af­ter she re­al­ized that the vol­un­teers did their best to im­prove Manila Zoo: check­ing on the an­i­mals in the morn­ing, bring­ing the an­i­mals toys and treats, and re­pair­ing en­clo­sures like the zoo’s Rep­tile House, among oth­ers.

Young ad­vises the pub­lic to show their sup­port for the Manila Zoo by “be­ing ed­u­cated on the pur­pose of zoos and help keep it clean, learn to read and obey signs.”

While it may take time for the gov­ern­ment to ap­prove bud­gets and projects, the fastest and surest way to en­sure that the Manila Zoo is main­tained well is to see and lead the change in­di­vid­u­ally. Sevilla said, “See­ing an in­crease of peo­ple show­ing in­ter­est in vol­un­teer­ing for groups aimed at wel­fare and con­ser­va­tion like Zoo Crew gives me hope.”

1 1 He­bra eat­ing a pump­kin

2 Maali the ele­phant play­ing with a tire (Face­book, Zoo Crew Philip­pines) 2

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