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“Wonderful and sad at the same time”

Center for Tropical Studies (CENTROP)
Reviewed August 9, 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....

3  Thank Laura F
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Reviewed June 29, 2015

The Center for Tropical Studies ( or CenTrop for short), formally known as the A.Y. REYES ZOOLOGICAL AND BOTANICAL GARDEN, is under the jurisdiction and care of the Silliman University. It is not contiguous to the main campus so you need to take a tricycle to get there. The Center's main attraction is its prized collection of various animals and reptiles, mostly endemic to the Philippines, and on the protected or endangered list. They are well taken care in an environment conducive to propagating. Various rare and semi-rare Philippine hardwood trees also dot the whole area, a sort of mini-forest which welcomes visitors and encourages them to take a leisurely walk and have a wonderful learning experience. It feels like you're not in the city when you're here.

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Reviewed September 27, 2014 via mobile

Visited the Centrop zoo as aside from eating, drinking and venturing out of the city, there isn't too much to do in Damuguete city.

At first the enclosure looks run down and neglected but after one of the local volunteers approached us and gave us lots of insight into the zoo's role, and the animals it looks after we 'got the picture' a little more.

Entry is a mere 10 pesos and even at that level, locals have been grumbling. On such a tiny budget, the volunteers struggle to keep the zoo in shape and they have even resorted to breeding mice and worms etc to keep the animals healthy and fed.

Many of the animals here are seriously endangered, meaning less than 250 left in the wild. The zoo has a policy of looking after the animals, many of which have been confiscated from, or surrendered by locals, and releasing them back into the wild when ready. They are struggling for space (having just took delivery of an 18ft python) but were busy building a make shift shelter for it.

Definitely go along to see this zoo. It really needs it! We made a 300 peso donation which is not much to us but is good in light of what it costs to get in!

The work they do is really good and the place needs more footfall to keep it going. The vegetation also offers a nice cooling effect from the sun also.

5  Thank Scook84
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Reviewed September 5, 2014

The CENTROP of Silliman Universiity in Dumaguete City isn't really a zoo, but a conservation haven and a home for species of animals that have been found to be dwindling in number either due to over hunting or destruction of their natural habitats.

5  Thank JunTibor
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Reviewed July 13, 2013

We were not really impressed with the wild life, yup crocodiles were basking alright. The giant clams were interesting, the whale bones . . . they need to be cleaned. The highlight here is early afternoon swim at the adjacent Silliman beach. With fine black sand and cool shade provided by the coconut trees, this beach is one of the best beaches to swim at early afternoon.

5  Thank chabudot
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