THE redeveloped Manila Zoo will be utilized as a vaccination site for minors ages 12-17 years old and the elderly starting this Wednesday.

This was announced on Tuesday by Manila Mayor Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso who said that guardians and parents of minors can likewise be vaccinated against Covid-19 at the zoo.

Domagoso said during a press briefing at the Manila City Hall that, although the site will be open to both residents and non-residents of Manila, a no-walk policy will be implemented and registration must be made at the Manila Zoo website (www.manilazoo.ph) and the Manila Covid19 Vaccine website.

To ensure that minimum health protocols will be strictly followed, Domagoso said that Manila Zoo's daily foot traffic will be limited from 500 to 1,000 people only.

The nearly five-hectare facility, known as the Manila Zoological and Botanical Garden, opened to the public in July 1959 but has not undergone major renovations. The zoo was closed temporarily in January 2019 for upgrade.

The new Manila Zoo boasts of new facilities that include world-class animal enclosures that are surrounded by transparent glass to allow visitors to get close to the animals.

Elevated viewing decks were put in place. The enclosures and facilities are intersected by wide, elevated pathways where visitors can see the animals and other sights.

Amenities include restrooms with stalls for persons with disabilities (PWDs), drinking fountains, souvenir shops, food stalls, and a new parking area.