Reminiscing my Avilon Zoo adventure five years ago brings back the “Into the Wild” experience without traveling so far. It is situated at 9003 GP Sitio Gulod, San Isidro, 1860 Rodriguez, Rizal, (Philippines), since we are living in Quezon City there is an easy way for us to get there in just 45mins. to 1 hour by taking San Mateo Rizal route. Here is a blog I found about commuting from Caloocan, Las Pinas, Makati/Mandaluyong/Pasig, Manila, Muntinlupa, Paranaque/Pasay, Quezon City, San Juan, and Taguig to the currently, the largest zoological institution in the Philippines in terms of land area and collection of animals. Special thanks to “Commuting in the Philippines 101” for this info.
You can buy your prepaid tickets for only Php400.00. It can be purchased at the ticketing booth or through bank deposit, details here. Regular rates are P500 per head for adult and P300 per headKiddie Rate (3.5 feet below).
Weekdays 8:00am to 5:00 pm
Weekends including holidays 8:00am to 6:00pm
Now lets’s begin our tour ^_^ Welcome to Avilon Zoo!!!!
The facility is a 7.5 hectare that houses 3,000 specimens of exotic wildlife. Since this is a 7.5 hectare place that you will tour on foot only I really advise you to bring your refreshments as it usually gets tiring and hot along the way. You wouldn’t want to cut short your tour because of thirst do you? It’s good to be prepared.
Don’t worry if you don’t have water, there is a store just after you enter the gate. There are also tables where you can eat all your “baon”. I advice not to bring so many things inside because it will just tire you out.
My favorite part of this adventure is the feeding of Arapaima, they are also known as paiche or thepirarucu, an air-breathing fish. They are one of the world’s largest freshwater fish that can reach 9 feet or 2.75 meters long and weigh up to 440 pounds or 200 kilograms. They are carnivorous, and their teeth was believed to be used by some indegenous people as a scraping tool.
Because of the time of writing and the date if this adventure’s gap is almost five years, these are the only photos I salvaged from my archive. Hope you’ll enjoy and try also this “Into the Wild” adventure.
Besides the wide collection of animals, Avilon Zoo has also a very nice landscape that is perfect for nature tripping.