Quantcast

Estrada: Mali not leaving home

By

NO CELEBRATION of Manila Zoo’s anniversary would be complete without its main attraction, Mali, who gets up close and personal with people who flock to her enclosure. ARNOLD ALMACEN

Mali is not going anywhere. She is here to stay.

As Manila Zoo marked its 54th anniversary on Thursday, Mayor Joseph Estrada reiterated his earlier pronouncements that he would not allow its most popular resident to be transferred to an elephant sanctuary, a move that, according to a veterinarian, made the “old lady” happy.

The sentiment was reflected in the streamers, placards and letters that were displayed around the zoo as well as expressions of gratitude to Estrada for his decision to keep Mali and plans to upgrade the zoo’s facilities.

“I want to boost tourism in our city so I will not let Mali leave the place she grew up in,” Estrada said in a speech read by Vice Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso.

“Nothing can match the smiles and joy brought to us by animals like a lion, tiger, giraffe, deer and Mali, the famous elephant,” he said.

He added that Mali needed friends, saying: “We will give her companions so that she will not be sad.”

Estrada earlier announced that he was in talks with investors from Singapore who were planning to infuse about P2 billion to modernize Manila Zoo. He said that he had also requested the Sri Lankan government to give the zoo two more elephants once the renovation was completed.

The animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) and celebrities like Paul McCartney and Morrissey have urged the Philippine government to transfer Mali to an elephant sanctuary in Thailand, saying she was sick and lonely.

Other animal activists, however, were not in favor of the Peta proposal.

According to Ken Chua, a veterinarian with the Animal Welfare Coalition, the life span of an elephant in captivity is 42 years and at the age of 39, Mali is already old.

“If Mali left the country, there is a big chance that she will not reach Thailand safely,” she said.

A trip to Thailand would put the old elephant under a lot of stress as she would be placed in a crate, loaded into an aircraft, quarantined and perhaps sedated, Chua added.

“In Mali’s case, sedatives could be fatal and she would undergo quarantine procedures in Thailand,” she said.

“Your decision made an old lady very happy,” Oscar Macenas of the Philippine Veterinary Medical Association said in a message to Estrada.

During a program marking the zoo’s anniversary, three tiger cubs, an elongated tortoise and red-eared slider turtles were presented to the public— the newest additions to the zoo’s residents—including a newborn baby zebra and a recently donated lion cub.

Members of the Autism Society of the Philippines and Photography with a Difference attended the program. They later took pictures of Mali and fed her bananas.

There are more than 700 animals from 104 species living in the zoo which also houses a hippopotamus, monkeys, croco-diles, snakes and various birds.

The new administration under Manila Parks and Recreation Bureau chief and zoo director James Albert Dichaves hopes to surpass last year’s income of P33 million with almost a million visitors.

Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Disclaimer: The comments uploaded on this site do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of management and owner of INQUIRER.net. We reserve the right to exclude comments that we deem to be inconsistent with our editorial standards.

Copyright © 2014,

To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.

Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate: c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94



News

  • ‘People see me as a walking bank’
  • Mercado has more ‘goods’ on Binay
  • Ex-commissioner urges Comelec to bid out PCOS upgrade contract
  • More rains in South
  • CSC cited for good people management
  • Sports

  • Fun, entertainment usher in IPTL feast
  • Vietnam booters trip Azkals, take top spot
  • Alaska, SMB ditch separate foes
  • Asian junior chess under way; PH bets among faves
  • Best and worst of Manila greet Murray
  • Lifestyle

  • The ABCs of the AEC
  • ADMU, UST enjoy victory in UAAP volleyball opening games
  • Not your usual carolers
  • ‘Chicago’ all set for Dec. 3 opening; local musicians to play in orchestra
  • Class cat
  • Entertainment

  • Solaire unveils crown jewel: State-of-the-art The Theatre
  • AnakTV honors most child-friendly programs and stars
  • Charo Santos-Concio wins Gold Stevie Award
  • Dream come true for Basil Valdez
  • Oh, what a fall was there
  • Business

  • Despite missed targets, Customs buys new cars
  • Smuggling raps filed vs top rice importer
  • UK firm cites SC ruling on DAP
  • Filinvest Premiere launches Fortune Hill showroom
  • Second tower of Makati’s premium residential enclave
  • Technology

  • No customer data hacked, says Globe
  • IBM, FUSE, donate ‘Kidsmart’ computers to Leyte, Sorsogon schools
  • Website promoting illicit affairs launched in PH
  • Globe website hacked due to ‘poor internet connection service’
  • DOJ asked to probe phone, Internet use at penitentiary
  • Opinion

  • Editorial Cartooon, November 29, 2014
  • Disastrous for the economy
  • Ting Paterno, economist
  • Social Progress Index
  • ‘Storm swords’ and politics of the Platters
  • Global Nation

  • Want to see Francis? Be in shape, faithful told
  • Respect PH justice system, China urged
  • Laude slay: No DNA match
  • WHO: No complaint over vaccine
  • China urged to respect PH justice system
  • PHOTOS AND VIDEOS

    • Ombudsman endorses solon’s ouster

      Read More

    • 4Ps beneficiaries first on DSWD shelter aid list

      Read More

    • QC cops identify sports car driver who assaulted MMDA traffic enforcer

      Read More

    • Man holds saleslady hostage with screwdriver

      Read More

    • Turkey’s remaining Assyrian Christians dream of better lives

      Read More

    • ‘No refugee forced to strip naked in Malaysia’

      Read More

    • Hong Kong police arrest 116 at protest site

      Read More

    • Ferguson prepares for more protests over shooting

      Read More

    • Judge overturns Arkansas’ gay marriage ban

      Read More

    • US may send additional troops to Afghanistan next year

      Read More

    • US Army may station tanks in Eastern Europe–general

      Read More

    • Protesters from Mindanao storm mining company in Makati

      Read More

    • Violence after no indictment for white cop in black teen’s death

      Read More

    • Hong Kong begin clearing protest site

      Read More

    • Fears of major flooding in snowbound Buffalo ease

      Read More