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“Conservation project without the budget”

Center for Tropical Studies (CENTROP)
Reviewed 10 February 2018 via mobile

We visited the zoo and you could see straight away the zoo doesn't have enough funds to do the work they do. Many unique animals are kept here, most have been confiscated from people keeping them illegally or have been given to the zoo to look after.

We got talking to a keeper and he gave us a personal tour which gave us a real insight into the tough financial circumstances they have to operate within. Funding has been cut and the animals still need expensive food.

The keepers are inventive in giving the animals enough food by breeding rats and worms for food.

It costs only 10 pesos to get in but please leave a donation to help the keepers with their work.

Thank jstevens
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Reviewed 19 January 2018

The Zoo is interesting, they explained all very well and for a small fee only. Worth seeing some native species

Thank Guenther V
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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.

Thank mmateoo
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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.

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.

5  Thank LeavingHolland
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