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An nature spot that was a surprise to find

A friend took me here as I had no idea that it even existed. Some very interesting things to see... read more

Reviewed 19 August 2018
Masbate Province, Philippines
A worthy project and safe place for endangered animals

Had a personal tour by the manager of the Zoo Lou Jean who talked to us about each of the animals... read more

Reviewed 21 March 2018
Exeter, United Kingdom
via mobile
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Reviewed 27 December 2017

Place at the end of an empty street without any signs. You can see some endangered species there but their surroundings are really sad, probably due to lack of funding (entrance is only 10PHP). When it's raining, it gets muddy, but there are walkways. We didn't have any guide but the 'zoo' is small and have some signs. It's really a pity that endangered animals have to be examined and researched in such poor conditions. We left with really mixed feelings.

Date of experience: December 2017
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Reviewed 24 March 2016

Sillman University Centrop Tropical Studies Center

On my Dumaguete City map (provided by the city tourist office, main plaza) there was a place north of the Silliman University athletic field labeled Centrop Botanical Garden. While the place densely forested with trees and some smaller plant, it is really a breeding and research center for endangered animals. Spotted deer, bats, and wart hogs seemed to be the most common animals, there were some beautiful birds, snakes, and even one crocodile. A city tourism photocopy brouchure says this about Centrop: “Considered as the mini zoo of Dumagute CENTROP observes endemic flora & fauna in their habitat. It is carefully recreated beside Silliman University ballfield. Most popular denizen is the rare spotted deer Cervus alfredi, an endangered breed believe to exist only in Panay island.”
When I entered the area, I was immediately greeted by one of the two animal caretakers. He introduced himself, oriented me about the project, the listed the current animals, and then guided me around the exhibits. There was a raised walkway through the spotted deer pens. While the pens and cages are far from world class, the animals seemed healthy and active. He took me into a well designed bat cage, donated by an American bat conservation group. Maintaining the facilities and feeding the animals is expensive, and budget issues are a serious issue. The caretake showed me how he saved money by growing some of the food. The dedication and knowledge of my guide made this one of the most memorable events of my trip in the Philippines.
How to fine this place? The Dumaguete City map does not indicate the entrance. Find Venancio Aldecoa Dr., the main road in front of the athletic fields. There are two side roads. The east side Route 7 Rd and the west side Centrop (there is a street sign). Walk north on Centrop to the dead end; turning to your right you will find the Zoo Project. Enter and hopefully one of the caretakers can guide you to the exhibits. Entrance is by donation; my guide suggested P10.

Date of experience: March 2016
5  Thank Bill E
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Reviewed 28 January 2016

The enclosures are the saddest thing I have ever seen. Monkeys going up and down, up and down, up and down, the same pattern over and over again in their little cages. Birds of prey in small cages with bird poo all over them, only 1 branch to sit on, they can't even stretched their wings. I hated the place, from the moment I entered. It was so depressing. And I realise it is depending on gifts and fundraising, but it is also a research facility of the nearby university. Shouldn't they take better care or do some active fundraising to improve the life situation of these animals on display? Or just close the place down. Nobody wants to see wounded animals in concrete surroundings anymore these days, that is very outdated.

Date of experience: January 2016
5  Thank LeavingHolland
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Reviewed 25 January 2016 via mobile

The guys working there make a good effort, I think. But all animals appear to have some neurotic thing from the terrible enclosures they're in.

If you want a happy afternoon seeing nice and fun animals this is not the place to go.
On the other hand they need all the money (entrance fees) they can get to keep this thing afloat.

Date of experience: January 2016
1  Thank Arnandegans
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Reviewed 9 August 2015

I was able to walk to CENTROP from my hostel. However, the entrance is at the end of a long street off the main road so you almost think you've gotten lost. The entrance fee is quite low. I went expecting there only to be spotted deer but there were many at-risk local species. The animals were awe-inspiring and I hope that the motivation for CENTROP is truly conservation. Because the whole time I also felt so sad for the animals. The enclosures are so tiny and basic, perhaps due to lack of resources but too small nonetheless. No animal is meant to have a habitat that small, especially the tiny cages for the monkeys.... Wonderful and sad at the same time....

Date of experience: July 2015
3  Thank Laura F
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