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Zoos in the Philippines
The First National Zoological Park Conference of the Philippines took place on the 23-24 August 2010. This was a formative event for the new 'PHILZOO's Association', whose membership consists of just 25 large and 10 small collections. Who these members are exactly is a bit of a mystery as I am unable to locate a list anywhere.
The objectives of PHILZOOS are : Promotion of responsible zoological park operations, enhancing awareness of zoological park owners/managers/staff on existing policies and other basic considerations in zoological park establishment and operation.
It was stated at the conference that there are some 2,750 large and small zoos in the Philippines (other sources say 2,000). This quoted figure is not just shocking but unbelievable. It is also somewhat worrying as there is no set standard of care for Philippine zoos and especially so if just 35 zoos attended the conference.
The Philippines is made up of some 7,107 islands and covers a huge area but even so the number of zoos is quite astounding.
Zoos I Have Visited in the Philippines
There follows a list of those zoos in the Philippines which I have visited and written about. Click on any of these to read my report.
Philippine Zoos I Have Visited But Not Written About
Davao Crocodile Park, Mindanao 03/03/08
Eden Nature Park, Mindanao 03/03/08
Iligan Zoo, Mindanao 07/03/08
Laguna Wildlife Park and Rehabilitation Center, Laguna
Manila Orchidarium and Butterfly Pavilion 15/10/06
Mari-It Wildlife Conservation Park, Panay 12/03/08
Palawan Butterfly Garden 22/08/07
Philippine Eagle Conservation Centre, Mindanao 03/03/08
San Fernando L’Union Mini Zoo 22/10/06
WIN Rescue Center, Subic Bay, Philippines
Philippine Zoos and Aquariums I Have Yet To Visit
This is an ongoing list of Philippine Zoos which I have heard about. There may be some cross over in the names given to these establishments. I am uncertain whether each of them remains open.
Albay Park and Wildlife, Legazpi City
Animal Wonderland, Star City
Ave Maria Sanctuary and Park, Carcar, Cebu
Birds International, Quezon City
Boracay Wildlife Expo, Aklan
Botolan Wildlife Farm Zambales, Botolan
Cavite Zoological and Botanical Park, Cavite
Cebu City Zoo, Cebu City
Glorietta mall zoo, Makati City
Lombija Wildlife Park and Heritage Resort
Lungsod Kalikasan, Quezon City
Mactan Island Aquarium, Mactan, Cebu
Magaul Bird Park, Subic Bay
Misamis Occidental Aquamarine Park, Misamis Occidental
Paradise Reptile Zoo, Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro
RACSOS Wildlife Resort and Mini-hotel, Iloilo
Silliman University Marine Laboratory, Bantayan, Dumaguete City
Simply butterflies conservation center, Philippines, Bilar, located 41 kms from Tagbilaran city
Father Tropa's Spaceship 2000 Zoo, Zamboanguita, Negros Oriental
Wildlife Rescue Center and Mini-Zoo
Zoo Paradise of the World, Zamboanguita, Negros Oriental
Zoocobia Children's Fun Zoo, Clark
Do You Know Of Philippine Zoos Misssing From The Above Lists?
Bearing in mind that some collections do go under two or three names it is just possible that there is some repetition in those listed above. I would though like to add to the list. If there are over 2,000 zoos in the Philippines then I have missed a lot out and would like to include them.
Please give details of missing zoos (and by zoos I mean zoos, bird parks, dolphinariums, aquariums etc) and I will include them in the list above. Thank you.