This is our kids’ fourth time to go to Ark Avilon and they still love it. It really is a great place to take the kids and you won’t get tired walking around with them. For a homeschool mom like myself, it gets the kids out of the house for hands-on-learning. For just P300 per child and P200 for under 3 ft., I think it is a good deal. Last Tuesday, we made a “field trip” with my relatives. We spent about two hours there and it was fun, fun, fun!
Collin, the orangutan was still there and we posed with him. The kids got to feed rabbits, guinea pigs, Koi fish, and very scary large black fish, and they got to hold a boa constrictor and different birds.
The kids also got to see different wild animals — a lion, puma, two beautiful white tigers, a bear, gibbon, alligators, and different kinds of snakes, among others. One of the highlights was letting the tiny fish eat the dead skins cells of our feet. It was nature’s spa version of a foot spa!
Previously, they didn’t have a display of birds of prey. It was pretty awesome seeing eagles, hawks, and my favorite — owls — perched so proudly in the sun. I think they thought of Tiana and the other little kids as “prey” so we tried to keep our young ones at a distance.
I’ve been to some pretty huge zoos in the U.S., but I have to say that this is still one of my favorites. You won’t get exhausted or worried about losing your kids, and you get to experience everything up close. It’s perfect for busy city people!
Ark Avilon Zoo Frontera Verde, Ortigas Avenue Corner C5, Pasig City
- Telephone Nos. (+632) 706-2992/ 706-2993
- Entrance fee is P300/head; P200 for those below 3.5 feet; below 1year – free
- 20% Senior Citizen discount; Visa/ Mastercard accepted
- Operating hours – Mon to Thur – 9AM to 6PM; Friday to Sunday – 10AM to 7PM