Avilon Zoo is a 15-minute drive away from my house, but it was just when Metrodeal offered it for 300 PHP that we decided to go. It is worth 600 PHP originally, and I think it’s a little too much. Saturdays had 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 – Montalban.
Avilon Zoo is one of the famous zoos in the Philippines that’s why it is usually included on school field trips from different provinces near Rizal. It is bigger and cleaner than Manila and Malabon Zoo.
There were no kids on their field trips when we got there. It was quiet on a Saturday afternoon and felt like we have the whole zoo on our own. We were on our own, clueless on where to start until we ended up in the crocodile section. We didn’t spend much time there for it felt like the crocodiles can jump at the railings anytime. The largest one though was not within reach but was really aggressive; he even destroyed his tree.
At the end of the crocodile section, we had been transported to the land of different birds. As I remembered from my elementary field trip here, Avilon means Land of Birds hence the number of bird species compared to other animals.
We saw busy ostriches, a bored puma, a jaguar up in the tree, an orange tiger couple on foreplay & white tigers walking back and forth seem planning their escape plan. One even growled at us, and we almost cry.
Their new attractions are the couple giraffe and a baby black bear. You can feed and touch the giraffe, but the bear is shy and lazy.
As we explored the zoo more, we also saw a reptile house with different snakes and creepy animals, a peacock section where I saw a male attracting his chosen female, a turtle pond, a lion’s den, a 30 years old orangutan, farmland with different farm animals and a fun station where you can interact with some animals.
The kids will surely enjoy the fun station. There’s a pony that the kids can ride. There are 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 terrified 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 GO TO AVILON ZOO
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.
AVILON ZOO TIPS
- Bring water and an umbrella. It can really be hot around noon.
- Food inside is 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 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.