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“Dumaguete Sanctuary”

Center for Tropical Studies (CENTROP)
Reviewed 25 June 2018

It's a sanctuary for animals in the heart of Dumaguete.
Fauna and flora are rich; you can feel the greenness in every tree. Such a breath of fresh air.
Resident deer are simply playful and carefree. They thrive in number.

Thank Inecita C
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Reviewed 21 March 2018 via mobile

Had a personal tour by the manager of the Zoo Lou Jean who talked to us about each of the animals and how in the 19years he has worked there has been caring as best possible for the animals with such a small budget given by the government and occasional donations.

He talked us through the exciting breeding of the endangered rare bleeding heart pidgeons and how some animals who reside there have been surrendered by their oringinal owners who could not keep them (including a 30lb python and Kite ) also those who were confiscated.

Lou Jean is passionate and caring about these animals and although he can not offer them a completely luxury life, he is doing the best he can and ensuring their safety from poachers of those who would eat the animals, furthermore breeding worms and rodents to feed the animals to reduce expenses further.

Definitely worth a visit (only 10pesos entry and optional donation can be made). Also, be sure to to give Roderick (the spotted deer) a scratch on the head, he really enjoys the attention

Thank Helen F
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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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