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About Zoo in Philippines

A trip to the Philippines will not disappoint, especially for animal lovers. As a tropical country with lush forests, its archipelagic qualities enabled its fauna to evolve in a distinct way, producing creatures that continue to amaze tourists around the world. The best way to see the impressive wildlife of the Philippines is to check out some of the zoos in the cities and the sanctuaries in some of the provinces. But before embarking on a tour, take time to know some of the impressive animals that you will find in the country as you may encounter some of them during your trip.

The beasts of the southeast

The carabao is the hardest working animal in the Philippines. Because of its strength and endurance, it is used by formers for pulling plows and carts. It can work for hours in a day, thus becoming the country’s symbol for hard work and its national animal. This buffalo is characterized by its long and curved horns that form a halfmoon shape.

Another buffalo that is popular in the Philippines is the tamaraw, which is endemic in the island of Mindoro. It is smaller than the carabao and has v-shaped horns. It is estimated that only a few are left in the county, and the government is raising awareness for its preservation. The tamaraw is also an important symbol of the country because of its rarity and reliability for farmers.

The Philippine eagle is the king of the country’s skies. It is one of the largest types of eagles in the world, with wingspans that range from six to more than seven feet. This majestic animal, which is endemic in the Philippines, is the country’s national bird and can be found in a sanctuary in Davao and in some of the mountainous areas in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. Like the tamaraw, the Philippine eagle is endangered and conservation movements have been put in place to protect this impressive animal.

Another one-of-a-kind animal that can only be found in the Philippines is the Philippine tarsier. Living in sanctuaries in Bohol, this furry animal is famous for its huge eyes and its habit of clinging to trees. It has the ability to jump long distances, especially when transferring from one tree to another to search for something to eat. Tarsiers tend to avoid interaction with humans, so they can only be viewed from a distance. For close interactions, the supervision of an expert is required.

For reptile enthusiasts, the Philippines is one of the few countries with saltwater crocodiles in the wild. The saltwater crocodile is the biggest crocodile in the world, and the longest ever held in captivity was found in a province in Agusan del Sur. Known as Lolong, the beast was 6.17 meters long and weighed 1,075 kilograms. Unfortunately, it died a year and a half after it was captured.

Zoos in the Philippines

The zoos in the Philippines are home to different kinds of animals. Some are endemic to the Philippines while others have been brought from other counties. Children and adults are welcome to visit these facilities so they can feast their eyes on different kinds of birds, various water creatures, amazing land animals as well as insects.

For city dwellers, a part of their childhood may have included a trip to Manila Zoo. It was opened in 1959 and has been the most popular zoo in the metro. Its most famous animal is an elephant named Mali, which was born in Sri Lanka and is now more than 40 years old. Walk around Manila Zoo for glimpses of a Bengal tiger, monitor lizards, pythons, monkeys, peacocks, and many more.

Another popular zoo in Metro Manila is Malabon Zoo. Owned by businessman Manny Tangco, the zoo was opened in the 90s and has been a huge attraction in the city of Malabon. Like Manila Zoo, it houses tigers, snakes, different kinds of birds, crocodiles, and many more. There are also some orangutans in the establishment that gamely interact with the visitors. The owner also frequently goes around the zoo to remind everyone about the importance of protecting the environment.

Zoobic Safari is one of the biggest draws of the coastal town of Subic. It has a wide list of animals, ranging from camels and bearcats to ostriches and guinea pigs. The zoo, however, has been famous for its exciting Tiger Safari attraction, where visitors will ride a customized jeep into a lair of tigers. You can expect the striped animals to surround the jeep and try to get as close as possible to the passengers. It is a thrilling but safe experience and easily the best way to know what it’s like to be in the presence of numerous tigers.

Zoo rules and regulations

Like other sanctuaries all over the world, the zoos in the Philippines have house rules that guests are expected to observe. They are enforced not only for the safety of the visitors, but also for the welfare of the animals themselves.

When visiting a zoo, taking photographs is usually allowed but it’s better to refrain from using flash as it may disorient the animals. There may be some areas where photography is not allowed so ask permission first from the zoo staff.

Feeding the animals is usually not allowed in most zoos so do not even attempt to do so to avoid being bitten. However, it may be allowed for certain animals that are safer to feed like guinea pigs and birds. Food is also usually available for purchase in the zoo, which you can give to the animals.

Interactions are available for some animals like monkeys, birds, and even snakes. However, they must be done with the supervision of zookeepers. When interacting with the animals, take note first of how they must be handled to avoid any untoward incidents from happening.

Lastly, if you are visiting a zoo with children, do not leave them unattended. Additionally, proper behavior is expected from all visitors. Do not taunt the animals or bang on the cages to get their attention. And of course, do not attempt to go to areas that are off limits for guests. In case of an accident, inform the zoo staff immediately.