Bertha first started greeting guests at the Manila Zoo when it first opened in 1959. Bertha was there with her campion Berth, greeting zoo guests at the first Modern Zoo in Asia, which at the time was modeled after the world famous zoos in Los Angeles and San Diego California.
Bertha was believed to be 6 0r 7 years old when the zoo opened, and was a delight. Over the decades Bertha greeted millions of visitors, and always remained a joy to see.
We here at ZooNation took a very special interest in Bertha. Through our partnership with the Zoo Crew Philippines and the Manila Zoo, the team here at ZooNation over the past 6 months have been working very closely with Bertha and her amazing team.
We fell head over heels in love with Bertha.
Bertha was a joy to be around with her meek and gentle personality.
Her love for sweet corn.
While Bertha who was age 65 at her death, far outlived hippopotamuses in the wild (normally 30 – 40 years), and in zoological care, she was an important ambassador for her species, who was deeply loved and cared for by the amazing team of zoo keepers, veterinarians, dieticians and volunteers at the Manila Zoo.
Bertha was lovingly called “The Queen of the Manila Zoo” because she loved to be gently hand fed and she loved interacting with guests and volunteers.
We here at ZooNation mourn with everyone at the Manila Zoo, and we are grateful for the time we were able to be a part of this incredible animal’s life.
Bertha’s long life stands as a testament to the love and care that the animals receive at the Manila Zoo.
All hail the queen. Bertha we love you.