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Center for Tropical Studies (CENTROP)

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Address: Silliman University, Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, Philippines

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Hard to find, but the animal caretakers will provide a great tour

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... read more

Reviewed 24 March 2016
Bill E
Columbus, Georgia
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Columbus, Georgia
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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... More 

4 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,... More 

4 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... More 

Thank Arnandegans
South Africa
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Reviewed 10 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... More 

2 Thank Laura F
Manila, Philippines
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Reviewed 30 June 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... More 

Thank LSSantos
Newcastle, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 27 September 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... More 

5 Thank Scook84
Manila, Manila, Philippines
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Reviewed 5 September 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
Ormoc, Philippines
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Reviewed 13 July 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... More 

5 Thank chabudot
Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed 19 September 2012

Having visited Dumaguete many times, I was aware of CENTROP, but had always avoided due to my usual dislike of zoos and captive animals. However having a free afternoon, with not much going on, my wife [a Dumaguete local] and I decided to take a visit here. For the most part , it was quite sad seeing captive animals, however... More 

6 Thank PHoenix242
Cebu City, Philippines
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Reviewed 7 July 2011

One can't help but admire the many full-grown trees as this place was started in the 60's by a botanist, Prof. Alfredo Y. Reyes (aptly named after him )- as a tree planting project. It later became a captive breeding center for the Phil. Spotted Deer and has expanded to host other endangered Philippine wildlife such as the dog-faced fruit... More 

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