Bo. San Isidro, Rodriguez, Rizal
It’s funny that I have lived all my life in the Philippines but I’ve never been to any of the zoos in the country. In all my travels, I have always made it a point to visit the famous zoos. I’m really glad that at least for once, I was able to visit the more popular zoo in Manila, the Avilon Zoo.
Entrance fee is at Php300 and I think it’s more than worth it considering the # of animals on display. The place is well designed and they are still renovating. I just hope they maintain it better though. It will be such a waste if they don’t take care of the zoo. It can be one of the best in the world, I really believe it.
The highlight of my visit was definitely the fact that I was able to hold several animals. We just needed to pay Php50 for each animal. Let me show you some of the pictures that I took with the animals. The monkey was my favorite one! Her name is Trixie & if you notice in the picture, she’s wearing Crocs!! She’s sooo sweet too, see how she hugged me in the picture.
This one I love too! The bird was a bit heavy, so the caretaker had to help me carry it.
I’m sooo scared of snakes. I knew I had to conquer this fear one way or another, and Avilon Zoo gave me that chance, so I took it. It was definitely an experience. I won’t be able to forget it, I’m still scared of snakes though 😛
Aside from being able to hold some select animals, we were also allowed to feed some animlas. Below is a video I took of the Arapaimas. The other guests were feeding the fish with chicken heads. Each small bucket costs Php20 which is pretty cheap 🙂
Other animals that can be fed are farm animals. Here’s the menu they prepared:
- Carrots – Php 20
- Okra – Php 10
- Sitaw – Php 10
- Talbos – Php 10
- Chicken Feed – Php 10
It’s the biggest zoo I think in the Philippines. I took soo many pictures but below are some of the best ones. Enjoy the view!
It’s just too many to see. I also heard they have a mini version of the zoo located in Tiendesitas. The Montalban, Rizal zoo is a must-see though. It took us about 3-4 hours to visit the place. Might take longer for you. The rest of the pictures can be found in my Avilon Zoo album.