Saturdays have always been reserved for us and this year we’re trying new date ideas rather than the usual movie & dinner. Since we’re both from Rizal and tourist spots here are popping out like mushrooms, we decided to explore our province this 2016, starting with my hometown- Rodriguez.
Avilon Zoo is 15 minute drive away from our house but it was just when Metrodeal offered it for 300 pesos that we decided to go. It worth 600 pesos originally. I think it’s a little too much.
The zoo is big, clean and quiet. I was actually expecting for kids in their fieldtrips we can fool around with. It felt like we have the whole zoo in our own and we’re clueless where to go. We ended up in the crocodile section where I can’t seem to move my feet for it feels like they can jump in the railings anytime to eat me. The largest one though is not within reach but is really aggressive, he even destroyed his tree.
In the end of the crocodile section waits the different birds. As I remember from my elementary field trip here, Avilon means Land of Birds hence the number of bird species compared to other animals. I saw as well busy ostriches, bored puma, jaguar up in the tree, orange tiger couple on foreplay & white tigers walking back and forth seem planning their escape plan (One growled at us and we almost cry).
Their new attractions are the couple giraffe and one baby black bear. You can feed and touch the giraffe but the bear is shy and lazy. As you explore the zoo more, you’ll see a reptile house with different snakes and creepy animals, peacock section where I saw a male attracting his chosen female, a turtle pond, a lion’s den, a 30 years old orangutan, a farmland with different farm animals and its fun station where you can interact with some animals.
Kids will surely enjoy the fun station. There’s a pony that the kids can ride. There’s pets like guinea pigs and rabbit they can touch and feed. But the fun part is the photo ops section for 50 pesos. You can choose between parrots, snake and Trixie. I actually wanted to try to have a photo with a snake but I backed out so I settle with Trixie. At first, I’m really afraid of her but actually she’s well-mannered, sweet and smells really nice. We felt like highschool lovers but yeah, it’s still a first.
HOW TO GET HERE
1. Ride a UV Express with signage Montalban-Cubao from Farmer’s Cubao (just below the MRT). Fare is 50 pesos and asked the driver to drop you on Total Gas Station.
2. From Total Gas Station, cross the street and you’ll see a tricycle terminal. Ask for the trikes that will bring you to Avilon Zoo. Fare is 60 pesos/trike.
WAZE IT!! HAHA! Kidding, you can reach Montalban via Litex Road or Batasan Road.
- Bring water and umbrella. It can really be hot around noon.
- Food inside are pricey and not good so better pack something. There are only designated place to eat though.
- Tour guides are available if you want for 400 pesos. They are really informative.
- You can try Noah’s Park resort beside it. It’s worth a penny too.
- The most important, wait for it on Metrodeal. 600 pesos is too much.