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A trip to the Zoobic Safari / A blogger's thoughts on zoos

Posted by siyerwin on Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at 11:00 PM

While blog-hopping, I stumbled into this really nice post by fellow blogger Ynseng on her blog ( about her recent trip to the Zoobic Safari in Subic Bay Freeport in Zambales.

In it she makes some rather interesting observations about the zoo and its inhabitants and manages to see through the veil that zoo spin doctors propagate by saying that their main purpose is to educate and to conserve...

Read her entire post at


I have a memory of going to the Manila Zoo when I was little. I went to Avilon Zoo some years back when it was relatively new. I have to admit that on both times, I remember being pleasantly impressed. I saw nothing wrong with zoos as long as the animals were treated and fed well.

This belief was sort of reinforced when I read the novel "Life of Pi" by Yann Martel wherein the protagonist's father, who owned a zoo at one time, insisted that zoo animals were happier because they didn't have to toil for food. To this I readily agreed because I knew, from numerous National Geographic TV specials, of what the lions of the African bush go through during rainy seasons when food sources become scarce because the grazing herds start moving away from water holes that the lions prowl for food. They become so malnourished and emaciated that I often felt sorry for them. Surely, I thought, they'd rather be in zoos than go through those cycles of starvation in the wild.

But then again wild animals are wild animals and we can't really assume that we fully know how they see and feel about the world that they live in. They've been around way before man even started having the notion of capturing them for entertainment. Now, with the claim of almost absolute dominion over nature, we take animals from their natural homes and imprison them in cages.

It's good while it lasts but when the going gets tough, it's usually the innocent that pay the price. When these zoos stop making money, who do you think suffers?--- The zoo animals.

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I've heard in the past that Manila Zoo was going to be closed down. But that, I think, was in the time of former Mayor Lito Atienza. The new government of Mayor Alfredo Lim, I guess, has other plans.

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  1. 2 comments: Responses to “ A trip to the Zoobic Safari / A blogger's thoughts on zoos ”

  2. By ynseng on May 22, 2008, 3:22:00 PM

    i was blog-hopping too, and i saw this just now! thanks for sharing my advocacy. :D

  3. By siyerwin on May 27, 2008, 2:33:00 PM

    thank you for your beautiful post, ynseng! :)

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