The city of Manila is rich in history and culture and provides a fascinating sightseeing excursion that can be enjoyed by young and old alike. The capital of the Philippines, Manila takes you on an unforgettable journey of discovery full of adventures that you can cherish even after your holiday is over. The city is also a great place to take the whole family to and those looking for an attraction to visit with the kids should definitely checkout the Manila Zoological and Botanical Garden.
Located close to Manila Bay, this well known zoo is the largest and oldest of its kind in the country. Spread across an area measuring about 14 acres, the Manila Zoological and Botanical Garden has over 600 animals including an array of mammals, birds and reptiles and not forgetting around 500 plant species that lend to the site’s impressive landscapes.
Initially opened in 1959, the zoo serves to not only showcase wildlife from around the world, but to also educate visitors about these creatures, some of which are unfortunately endangered as their numbers in the wild dwindle. One of the star attractions here is the Asian elephant known as Mali that was donated from Sri Lanka. As you explore the site you will also come across a wide range of other animals such as the tiger, mouse deer, zebra, Philippine crocodile, Philippine deer, Luzon cloud rat and a water buffalo species known as Tamaraw.
Bird lovers also have plenty to see here with such species as the rainbow lory, Philippine owl and serpent eagle being among the avifauna at the zoo. An attraction of particular interest is the Kinder Zoo which gives you the unique opportunity to interact with certain tame animals that will undoubtedly provide many fun moments for kids. With other features that include row-boats and animal shows, the Manila Zoological and Botanical Garden is definitely worth a visit when in the Philippine capital.
Travellers panning to visit the city’s many attractions should look to find accommodation at Manila serviced apartments such as Ascott Makati which enjoys a central location. Offering a well equipped Manila apartment for both your business and leisure needs, Ascott Makati is within easy reach of the city’s entertainment and business venues as well.