Manila is the capital of the Philippines and is a cosmopolitan city that offers visitors a chance to experience the country’s rich and diverse culture. Among the wide range of the city’s attractions, are many places that can be enjoyed by the entire family, such as the Manila Zoo.

Set on a property that covers around 5.5 hectares, the Manila Zoological and Botanical Garden is located close to Manila Bay and is an ideal place to visit for young and old alike. Considered the oldest of its kind in the country, the Manila Zoo attracts around 2 million local and foreigner visitors each year. Opened in 1959, this popular Philippine zoo is a famous landmark to this day and serves as a centre where people can not only observe a variety of animal species, but learn about them as well.

The Manila Zoo has over 600 animals within its premises which include a variety of mammal, bird and reptilian species. Apart from animals one will also find around 500 plant species here that offer a great backdrop while visiting the enclosures. One of the main attractions at the zoo is an Asian elephant from Sri Lanka named Mali. Other residents one will find here include the mouse deer which is considered to be of the world’s smallest deer species, a tiger, the Philippine crocodile, the Philippine owl, the serpent eagle and the Palawan pheasant.

Not to be missed is a visit to the Kinder Zoo, a special area within the property where one can walk around and interact with certain animals. Children also have the chance to come into contact with animals that have been tamed which makes for a memorable outing for the whole family. There are various other activities here as well such as animal shows and an area where visitors can enjoy some leisurely boating.

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