Isko won’t sell zoo

THE Manila Zoo will not be privatized or sold and we are appealing for kind-hearted private individuals, organizations and companies to help in whatever way they can to help preserve  and rehabilitate the said facility.’

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno yesterday made this pronouncement as he paid a visit to the said zoo to check on its present status and see what needs to be done to make it more attractive for foreign and local tourists and conducive for learning specially for students.

Moreno said the zoo, the full name of which is Manila Zoological and Botanical Garden,’ will have to live up to its name as such but given its present condition, it is apparently not even at par with private zoos in other cities such as Malabon. ‘We are appealing to private companies and individuals to help us keep the Manila Zoo alive,’ Moreno said, as he announced that a study will also be done on how to rehabilitate the zoo with the animals enjoying full safety and protection.

He also said proper authorities have been tasked to study possible ways to make the zoo fully-compliant with the requirements of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) when it comes to environmental protection.

It will be recalled that in January, the DENR closed down the said zoo due to violations found when it came to environmental protection compliance.

‘We can quantify the losses brought about by the closure but I would rather protect the environment. This (zoo revenues) can wait but the environment cannot.