Are you up for an educational adventure? Introduce your kids to conservation and biodiversity at the Cebu City Zoo and Conservation Center in Barangay Calunasan, Cebu City.
The Cebu City Zoo was a project by Hon. Raymundo A. Crystal in the late 1950s. With the help of Cebu’s Boy Scout organization and with Governor Espina’s land donation in 1969, the foundations of the zoo were constructed in 1973.
The zoo was then managed by Father Eleuterio Tropa, whom we all remember as the long-haired and bearded old priest who fancied walking with a huge python around his neck. The management was under the sponsorship of the Lamplighters Foundation.
When Father Tropa died in 1993, the management of the zoo was passed on to Cebu City authorities who then entrusted the zoo to the Philippine Wetlands & Wildlife Foundation Inc.
The Cebu City Zoo is currently under the management of Mr. Giovanni Stephen Romarate. Dr. Alice T. Utlang serves as the zoo veterinarian. As of today, the zoo is home to a number of species. Among other residents, it has a 70-year-old parrot, some guinea fowls, pheasants, roosters, owls, sheep and goats, monkeys, a cat from Malaysia, and several reptiles, including an old crocodile that seems to have grown too big for its pen. It also features a golden leopard donated by Former Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña. But its resident superstar is the Bengal tiger named Boggart.
The 7-hectare zoo and conservation center is located farther above Beverly Hills, almost at the peak of Capitol Hills, in Barangay Calunasan. It is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., including holidays. Entrance fees are at Php 25 for adults and Php 10 for kids.
For more information regarding the Cebu City Zoo, you can contact them at 414-7103.