Monday, October 9, 2006

Manila Zoo - Eyeball sa zoo

Was supposed to go back home early yesterday to grab some much-needed rest to recover from a bout of fever and colds hounding me the past 4-5 days. But I was also suffering from withdrawal symptoms of not being able to take pictures the past weeks. Ergo, after coming from brunch with my mom in Tondo, made side trips to Hidalgo and Manila Zoo for photo-ops.

The Manila Zoo, admittedly, badly needs more funding for better upkeep. but I'm very happy to note that the zoo keepers are a kind lot, helpful and eager to help out. One thing I wish would happen is that zoo-goers will help out in maintaining the cleanliness of the zoo. While taking pics at the ostrich cage, I blew my top when a kid gave an ostrich a piece of foil to feed on. I'm normally tolerant and gregarious, especially to kids, but this occasion really lit my fuse. The parents of this kid and other children need to be educated about animal cruelty. I'm not about delve into the anti-zoo sentiments of some environmentalists; all I'm asking for is a little discipline and common sense. The animals are already in cages, please don't degrade them by feeding with your scraps, or worse, giving them trash.

On the bright side, going back here brings childhood memories. the caretakers, especially of the kinder zoo, are especially accommodating. It is thru their kind assistance that I present the captures here.


Sidney said...

Eye to eye... and you didn't blinked!
Fantastic pictures!

lagal[og] said...

thanks so much sid! it's a nice way to put it.
hahaha, suwerte lang siguro :-D i'm no steve irwin but i absolutely love animals.

i've been itching to take pics for the past 2-3 weeks na so here are my latest.

Iskoo said...

nagulat talaga ako sa post mo! hehe. balak mo ba sumali sa guiness world of records, yung category e yung humahalik sa ahas? hehe. pero nice close up shot, bibihira lang ang nakakagawa nyan :)

lagal[og] said...

bro iskoo, hahaha, ganon ba? actually eyeball ang tawag dyan hahaha mapalitan nga ung title nung post :-D

wilfredo pascual said...

hi oggie, you always come up with the smartest titles! this is something i should have done a long time ago. totally forgot about the manila zoo. must be quite an experience going back there again -- sabi mo nga part na ng childhood natin lahat ito. i mean we've most likely been to other zoos, much much more spectacular than the zoo of our childhood. but manila zoo is like really special, you know. at least to me. i know some of my earliest childhood photos, now lost, were taken there. and i even have no memory of the place at all. except for brief conversations i had growing up looking at those black and white photos. like, that's me, my sister and mom in front of the giraffe, and for a long long time i couldnt even recognize the head kasi natatakpan nung kinakain niyang nakasabit sa wire fence. grass? dayami? so thank you oggie for writing about this special place posting these pictures. may god continue to bless your big heart.

Anonymous said...

Ang galing ng shot! Naka macro ka ba nyan! Parang lalabas na sa screen! hehehe. PArang ang laki ng na improve ng Manila Zoo ah!

lagal[og] said...

thanks bro iskoo! hahaha, wala pa naman ako sa stage na humahalik sa ahas. you'll be among the first to know if i so decide to do so.

thanks bro willi! your kind comments inspire me to keep writing kahit minsan, i don't know whether somebody out there is actually reading and relating. i guess it's always good to write something about one is passionate about. and seeing the philippines and writing about this country is what i'm certainly passionate about. mabuhay ka!

bro ferdz! yep, macro and up close siya with slight cropping. the zoo badly needs more maintenance pero as i've written, mabait yung mga keepers. the kinder zoo is more well-maintained and one can get up close to pet the animals, if one so dares to do so, hahaha.

Anonymous said...

Yes, Manila Zoo brings back happy childhood memories. I'm sure almost all Filipino children have come to love Manila Zoo.

I share the same sentiments. When I brought my son there when he was one year old, I noticed the lack of discipline in many people. Littering poses a big problem. I couldn't help but wonder how hard it is to throw leftovers at the trashcan. Pity that many people doesn't realize the essence of keeping their surroundings clean.


Unknown said...

oks pa rin pala mga animals sa manila zoo, sobrang bata pa ako nung huli akong nakapunta doon, magkano na entrance fee?

alam mo matandain yung ibang mga animals lalo na yang mga ahas, kamag minaltrato maalala nila yun, kaya ng a yung iba depensive at nakakasakit ng tao kasi minsan na po-provoke nga sila.

che said...

that's scary .really .

lagal[og] said...

ei cruise! 40pesos ang entrance fee for adults. if you go to the kinderzoo, you get access to the rest of the zoo na rin. while maraming maintenance needed, the zoo keepers are a nice lot. yeah, i believe you, there'd been cases of animals like elephants who remember yung offenses ng handlers nila from way, way back and boy, can they strike back.

ei nike, not really as scary as it seems (see my python pose in the more recent post) :-D


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