By: Roi Lomotan
NEGROS ORIENTAL, Aug. 6 (PIA) – The municipality of Amlan will soon open its zoo-theme park for the public.
Amlan town Mayor Bentham Dela Cruz announced this recently during the kick-off program of the Provincial Non-Government Organization and People’s Organization Week where he was a guest speaker.
Although Dela Cruz only disclosed initial details on the project, he said the zoo-theme park will be launched by the end of this year.
Through the zoo-theme park, children will be able to see live animals that they often see in the internet, Dela Cruz said.
Mayor Dela Cruz mentioned that they have partnered with Palawan Wildlife Center to hand over 50 freshwater and 50 saltwater crocodiles. He added the saltwater crocodiles were some of the endangered species in the country.
Aside from this, the local government unit (LGU) of Amlan is also looking at the possibility of collaborating with the said center in providing new livelihood opportunities to the residents of the town by producing and selling items made from crocodile leather.
Aside from Palawan Wildlife Center, the zoo will also feature lions from U.A.E. and single hump camels from Australia.
But apart from the animals, another attractions of the theme park are the fun rides for children and adults.
Mayor Dela Cruz disclosed that the zoo-theme park is a project between the local government of Amlan and a private corporation under the Public-Private-Partnership Program (PPP).
Dela Cruz has high hopes on the project saying this could help promote the town’s tourism and bring livelihood to his constituents.
“This is for tourism and it could also increase the quality of life of our constituents,” Mayor Dela Cruz said. (mbcn/ral/PIA7-NegOr/Article first published at PIA website on Aug. 6, 2014)