Photos of a newly rehabilitated Manila Zoo are currently circling the web as it looks almost unrecognizable.
According to tweets by GMA News reporter Anna Felicia, the tourist destination will have its soft opening this December 30. Inquirer adds the first VIP guests during the event will be the around 1300 construction workers who helped rebuild the zoo, along with their families.
Manila Mayor Isko Moreno and Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna hope that the newly refurbished facility will be able to compete with its international counterparts, such as the world-famous Singapore Zoo.
With new amenities, facilities, and enclosures to boast of, renovations for the five-hectare structure cost at least P1.8 billion. FYI, rehabilitation of the zoo first started in 2019 after it was ordered to temporarily shut down due to the poor management of its sewage system, which, according to Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu, had caused major pollution in Manila Bay.
To solve this detrimental problem, the new Manila Zoo now comes with its own state-of-the-art sewage treatment plant. Meanwhile, visitors can also expect to tour around the place's new Botanical Garden, Animal Museum, and Butterfly Garden during their stay.
In addition, animals will be kept in transparent glass enclosures and guests can watch them from elevated viewing decks.
Check out more photos of the new and improved Manila Zoo below:
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