Right beside Fun Ranch Ortigas is Ark Avilon Zoo at Frontera Verde, Pasig City. We visited Ark Avilon Zoo last year for Father’s Day after buying discounted tickets online from Metrodeal. It was Zuri’s most unforgettable zoo experience to date.
Ark Avilon Zoo is a small indoor interactive zoo. Because it is small, Ark Avilon Zoo can only house a very limited number of animals. However, Ark Avilon makes up for this by providing hands-on experience to its guests through animal feeding, petting and picture taking activities available rain or shine.
Ark Avilon Zoo is hard to miss because its very conspicuous structure is inspired by Noah’s Ark. Upon entering, we found ourselves at Pet-tissimo, a pet shop run by Ark Avilon Zoo. The ticketing booth and the souvenir shop are also here. After redeeming our tickets by presenting our Metrodeal vouchers at the ticketing booth, we proceeded to the animal exhibits.
On the first floor, we saw a jackal, a white tiger, a puma, a jaguar, a tortoise, penguins and crocodiles. Also available for picture taking at PHP 50 each during our visit were the following: Jenny the Orangutan, Jack the Bearcat, Puti the Sea Eagle, Tyson the Burmese Python and Nardo the Cockatoo. Fish feeding was also available. Animal encounters at Ark Avilon take place under the supervision of a zoo staff.
Zuri did not show particular interest in any of the activities offered on the first floor except when she dared me to touch the Burmese Python (which I did!). After briefly roaming around the first floor, we proceeded to the second floor. On the second floor, we saw birds and snakes. Then, we came to the most awaited part – the animal petting and feeding area.
At the petting and feeding area, we saw rabbits, guinea pigs, goats, pigs, a donkey and a pony. We bought one carrot on a stick for PHP 40. Although Zuri was excited to see the rabbits, she was hesitant to feed them at first and she needed her Daddy Rupert’s help.
Zuri was soon reassured that it was safe to feed the rabbits and she began to enjoy herself. After the first one, Zuri asked me to buy two more carrots, one for the rabbits again and the other one for the guinea pigs, and she fed them all by herself.
Then, Zuri saw a very small feeding bottle with milk for goat feeding. She found it really cute and asked me to buy one. I paid PHP 40. Again, Zuri needed help from Daddy Rupert to accomplish this task. The two of them fed the very excited goats together – a perfect father-and-daughter moment on Father’s Day.
Because, both Daddy Rupert and Zuri had fun feeding the goats and the goats clearly wanted more, I bought a second bottle of milk. Again, the very eager goats finished this in no time at all while Zuri looked on.
After this, we bought a bunch of kangkong (water spinach) for PHP 40. We fed the pony and the donkey.
Then, we bought a second bunch of kangkong and gave it to the goats. Feeding the goats was so much fun because they were hyperactive and the most excited and eager of all.
We ended our visit by washing our hands and walking to Ark Avilon’s next-door neighbor Fun Ranch for some kiddie rides.
Ark Avilon Zoo Entrance Fee:
Regular Entrance rate is Php 400.00.
Below 3.0 feet is Php 300.00.
20% discount for Senior Citizen and PWD (with Senior Citizen ID card and PWD ID card)
Babies 12 months and below are free of charge.
Open daily, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.
Note: Bringing in of food is allowed but requires a corkage fee of PHP 25/person. There is a store inside the zoo that sells snacks and drinks. We bought our tickets from Metrodeal for PHP 200/head. Metrodeal still offers this deal every now and then.
Frontera Verde, Ortigas Avenue corner C-5, Pasig City, Philippines
(+632) 706 2992
(+632) 706 2993 (Fax)
For more information, visit http://www.avilonzoo.ph/ark-avilon-zoo
Continue your kids’ learning experience even after the school year is over with a visit to Ark Avilon Zoo. I’m sure they will enjoy it, too. My 3-year-old daughter Zuri still talks about her Ark Avilon Zoo visit until now. Cap off your day with a visit to nearby Fun Ranch and Tiendesitas. 🙂
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