Written by Jay-ar M. Arante
The wild life attraction of a resort in Boracay has been stopped.
According to Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (Cenro) Boracay-Protected Areas and Wildlife in Charge, Nilo Subong, the permit to operate for the tiger and python by the resort expired in the end of the month of June.
However, the management of the resort was reportedly asking for extension from the Region’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to continue in its operation.
At the meantime the tiger and python are with the care of the resort and are no longer displayed at the front beach in adherence to the rule of Cenro Boracay.
Subong added that the two mentioned animals are not dangerous since they have been taken cared of since they were born, so those who would like to get near, need not be afraid.
He explained that animals that have been taken cared of since birth are not dangerous compared to animals which were already adults before they had someone to take care of them.
The two animals were entangled in controversy in the island because of criticisms from Facebook accounts related to the resort’s operation of a wildlife attraction.
Some tourists were also afraid to move near the animals which were believed to be dangerous and were only held by rope while being looked after by their caretakers.
Meanwhile, if the Regional Office of the DENR cannot grant the request of the resort for extension of its permit to operate, there is possibility that the animals will be brought back to Cebu where they came from.
Translated/Edited by: Rodel J. Abalus