Manila Zoo is located along Adriatico St., corner Quirino St., Manila, the main entrance of the zoo is fronting the Playground for Manila youth. It has a land area of 5.5 hectares and home to numerous species of fascinating animals for more than 50 years. It is a government-run animal theme park under the city of Manila.
We’ve been to Manila Zoo many times not because we like the place or we’re visiting one of our monkey relatives held captive there, but it’s for our 4-year-old son (he is 9 years old this June 2015). In a span of 4 years, I think we visited the place 3 times (record-breaking). We’re considering the Zoo as one of the essential educational places we can get our son into.
The Zoo has a foul smell I mean if you get in you’ll notice it shortly but that is NORMAL because it’s a zoo so if your child has asthma / or the smell can trigger it, better to bring medication or let him /her wear a face mask. I will not dwell much on our zoo experience instead I’ll share here some important details that you would probably ask if you’re going to Manila Zoo.
It is heartbreaking to see that the zoo is losing its animals. When I was a kid there are two elephants and a Giraffe but now there is one old elephant (Mali) remaining and the Giraffe is no longer around. There are Zebras, and Orangutan but just like what I have mentioned, it is also gone.
On the positive note, the zoo is still the nearest place in Metro Manila where kids and adults can learn about different species of wild animals. Other than the usual farm animals such as pigs, cows, carabao, goats, and house pets like parrots, dogs, and cats.
Aside from that, it is also an affordable quick getaway from the busy schedule during weekdays and a bonding opportunity for families and friends. As a kid, I have many memories with this zoo, for the same reason that decades ago, it is also the same zoo that I visited together with my parents and siblings. I am pretty sure that many other Manilans and locals from different parts of the Philippines have the same experience as mine.
Manila Zoo Entrance Fee List
- Non Residents Adult – Php100
- Non Residents Child (above 4 ft) – Php100
- Non Residents Child (below 4ft) – Php 60
- Manila residents Adult – Php50
- Child (above 4ft) – Php50
- Child (below 4ft) – Php30
Manila residents need to prepare valid ID with picture and address in Manila before purchasing a ticket to avail of the discount. Accepted IDs include the following: New TIN ID, Voter’s ID, Driver’s license, Barangay ID, UM ID, and School ID for Manila students only.
It is open from Mondays to Sundays including public holidays from 8 am to 6 pm.
- Monday: 8 am to 6 pm
- Tuesday: 8 am to 6 pm
- Wednesday: 8 am to 6 pm
- Thursday: 8 am to 6 pm
- Friday: 8 am to 6 pm
- Saturday: 8 am to 6 pm
- Sunday: 8 am to 6 pm
Take note however that the Zoo is closed indefinitely since January 2019 by the city government due to rehabilitation.
For the meantime, you can watch this adorable PANDA enjoying his Bamboo meal:
Manila Zoo Map and Landmarks
The Zoo is very accessible, it is near Manila Hospital (Ospital ng Maynila), the old Harrison Plaza, Paraiso ng Batang Maynila, Central Bank of the Philippines, Philippine Sports Museum, and Metropolitan Museum of Manila.
You can get to the place via different public and private transportation depending on your choosing. Public utility jeeps and buses coming from Cavite pass by near it.
How to get to Manila Zoo by Public Transportation
From Roosevelt Monumento LRT Station to Manila Zoo
Ride LRT at Roosevelt or Monumento station then drop off at Quirino LRT Station. From there ride pedicab to get to Manila Zoo.
Alternatively, from Marc 2000 tower ride jeep with signboard Dakota it will pass by the entrance of the Zoo.
Ride bus going to Lawton then tell the conductor to drop you off at Quirino LRT Station. From there ride pedicab or jeep read (same as above) going to the zoo.
Ride any bus going to Lawton then drop off at Quirino LRT station. From there you can ride jeepney via to A. Mabini then alight near the zoo and just walk a few meters. You can also ride a pedicab then tell the driver to bring you to the zoo. You can also walk for LRT to the zoo, it will only take you 10 minutes to get there.
From Laguna to Manila Zoo
Ride bus bound to Gil Puyat (buendia) LRT Station then from there I suggest you take a taxi.
You can ride Jeep with signboard Divisoria via A. Mabini. Tell the driver to drop you off at the zoo. From there just walk for a few meters.
You can also take the Grab Car or Taxi
If you will be going to the theme park with toddlers and small children, it is best to ride Grab or Taxi if it is available in your area. For me, it is the most convenient and safest. It can minimize transfer to different transportations, which is crucial if you have your kids with you.
It is also less stress on your part as these types of transportation will pick you up from your location and drop you off to the entrance of the animal theme park. There is a disadvantage though, and that is it is expensive as compared to other PUV.
Read: Avilon Zoo Entrance Fee
Or if you’re coming from other places that I did not mention just hit the comment and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.