Manila Zoo Will Be Closed Indefinitely for Manila Bay Rehab

It was tagged as one of the major pollutants of the Manila Bay.
IMAGE Ramon FVelasquez [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], from Wikimedia Commons

Following the Department of Environment and Natural Resources' plan for the rehabilitation of Manila Bay, the Manila Zoo was ordered closed by Mayor Joseph Estrada after being tagged as one of the "major pollutants" of the bay. It was reportedly draining untreated sewage into one of the estuaries leading to the bay, so it's been shut down until water and sewerage treatment facilities are installed.

Manila Zoo has a land area of 5.5 hectares is home to different animal species, among which are the woolly-necked storks.
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The Department of Engineering and Public Works recommended the shutdown to "give way for proper assessment and study." It was ordered closed by Estrada in a memorandum released on January 21, where he also ordered concerned departments to submit a program of work for the construction of the needed treatment facilities.

Manila Zoo acquired Siberian tigers in 2004 and have continously been caring for them. To the delight of zoo visitors, they would give birth to cubs every now and then.
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The Manila Zoo, located about 400 meters away from the bay's shoreline, will be closed to public but will remain in operation for the animals that live there. It was built in 1959, when sewage treatment plants were not yet required.

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* Minor edits have been made by the editors.

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