Are you –
A. looking for a weekend family bonding place where you can have a nice walk, do some sightseeing, have a picnic and basically just spend some time together?
B. yearning for some peace, quiet and greenery amidst the city to escape your busy life even just for a while?
C. planning to take your toddler to the zoo for the first time but wondering if he will find it interesting?
D. looking for an affordable venue for your next party or get-together?
E. one of those people who have itchy wandering feet but are running low on cash?
If your answer is yes to one or more of these questions, then I think I have a good suggestion for you. Why not try going to Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center?
Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center is a 64.58-hectare zoological and botanical park located in Diliman, Quezon City bordered by North Avenue, Quezon Avenue and the Elliptical Road.
There is no shortage of flora at Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife. There are lots of trees around, perfect for a nice walk with the family. Bring some food and drinks with a mat or a blanket and a garbage bag and you’re all set for a picnic.
If you want some time off your busy city life, there is a lake that looks so serene and is a perfect site for some introspection.
Also found at Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center is Wildlife Rescue Center, a temporary shelter for donated, rescued, abandoned and confiscated endemic, indigenous and exotic wildlife from Metro Manila and nearby provinces.
Wildlife Rescue Center is like a mini-zoo. If you want to gauge whether your little one is ready for his first ever zoo visit, you may try taking him to Wildlife Rescue Center first to see his reaction before you spend thousands on a trip to a big zoo he’s not ready yet to enjoy.
Or, if your child is asking you, again, to take him to the zoo for the nth time and you’ve already been to all major zoos around the Metro, then here is another option for you especially if you’re on a budget.
For those who are looking for an affordable party venue, the Fishing Village at Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife is rented out for PHP 1,700 for a whole day’s use including use of electricity. For more information, call their landline numbers and ask for Rene Calica: (02) 924-6031-35.
A visit to Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center costs next to nothing. The entrance rates are PHP 8/adult and PHP 5/child or student with ID inclusive of entrance to Wildlife Rescue Center. Parking rates are PHP 25/bus, PHP 15/car or jeepney and PHP 8/tricycle or motorcycle. Perfect for people who love to wander but are low on cash. The park is open daily from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Wildlife Rescue Center is open to the public Tuesdays-Sundays (closed on Mondays) from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, except Thursdays when it closes at 3:00 PM.
If you want to know more about our trip to Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center last February. 22, 2015, read on! 🙂
Weeks before, Rupert made an agreement with Zuri that he would take her to the zoo, but this did not materialize right away because of our busy schedules. Nine days prior to this writing, we found ourselves with some free time one Sunday morning. Initially, we wanted to go to Avilon Zoo in Rodriguez, Rizal (formerly known as Montalban, Rizal). However, Rodriguez is far from where we live, Avilon Zoo is a big zoo that will take some time to explore fully and it was already close to noon. We didn’t want to be pressed for time, so we decided to postpone our Avilon Zoo trip for another future outing.
Good thing Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center is only a 5-minute drive from our house. This and Quezon Memorial Circle are our fallback places whenever we want to take Zuri out on a family date but don’t have any place else in mind. So that Sunday morning, we decided to take Zuri to Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center. It was actually Zuri’s 5th visit to the place.
We entered the park via the North Avenue gate. This gate is open to both cars and pedestrians.
Because it was a zoo day for Zuri, our first order of business was to go to the Wildlife Rescue Center. From the North Avenue gate, we walked straight (see picture below)
until we reached this structure (see picture below):
Beside this small building is an alley (see below).
We entered this alley (see picture of alley below).
At the end of the alley, we turned left and found ourselves here:
We continued walking until we saw Wildlife Rescue Center on the left.
This is the entrance (as well as the exit) to Wildlife Rescue Center.
There is a fence, about a meter away from the cages, that prohibits visitors from getting too near the animals.
Most of the animals at the Wildlife Rescue Center belong to class Aves (birds). However, there are also some that belong to class Reptilia (reptiles) like a number of crocodiles, turtles, lizards and snakes and even class Mammalia (mammals) such as a monkey, a bearcat and a tiger.
Here is a list of the animals we saw at the Wildlife Rescue Center:
1. Nisaetus pinskeri also known as Pinsker’s Hawk Eagle or Banog
2. Nisaetus cirrhatus also known as Changeable Hawk-Eagle
3. Nisaetus philippensis also known as Philippine hawk eagle or Banog
4. Spilornis cheela also known as Crested serpent eagle or Bankas
5. Bubo philippensis also known as Philippine Eagle Owl or Kuwago
6. Haliaeetus leucogaster also known as White-breasted Sea Eagle or Aguila/Manaol
7. Meiopsittacus undulatus also known as Budgerigar
8. Ara chloropterus also known as Green-winged macaw
9. Tanygnathus lucionensis also known as Blue-naped parrot or Loro/Periko/Picoy
10. Lorius garrulus also known as Chattering Lory
11. Psittacula krameri also known as Ring-necked Parakeet or Rose-ringed Parakeet
12. Eclectus roratus also known as Red-sided eclectus parrot
13. Lorius lory also known as Black-capped Lory
14. Agapornis sp. also known as African Love Bird
15. Haliastur indus also known as Brahminy Kite or Lawin
16. Psittacus erithacus also known as Congo African Grey Parrot
17. Butastur indicus also known as Gray-faced Buzzard or Tikwe
18. Milvus migrans also known as Black Kite
19. Caiman crocodylus also known as Spectacled Caiman crocodile
20. Trachemys scripta also known as Red-eared slider turtle
21. Python molurus also known as Burmese Python
22. Hydrosaurus pustulatus also known as Philippine Sailfin Lizard or Ibid
23. Cercopithecus aethiops also known as Vervet monkey
24. Arctictis binturong also known as Palawan Bearcat or Binturong/Manturan
25. Viverra tangalunga also known as Malay Civet or Alamid
26. Phloemys pallidus also known as Northern Luzon Cloud Rat or Buot
27. Panthera tigris also known as Tiger or Tigre
All wild animals brought to the Wildlife Rescue Center undergo a quarantine and rehabilitation period. Those endemic and indigenous animals found to be healthy are released back to their natural habitats. Exotic animals and those that are unfit for release are retained and displayed at the Wildlife Rescue Center for public awareness and appreciation.
Definition of terms:
Endemic Wildlife – species or subspecies that are found only in the country or certain parts of the country and not anywhere else
Indigenous Wildlife – species or subspecies that are naturally occurring or have naturally established habitats in the country
Exotic Wildlife – species or subspecies that are not naturally occurring or have no naturally established habitats in the country and are strikingly unusual or characteristic of another part of the world (foreign species or subspecies)
Zuri enjoyed her visit to the zoo. She and Daddy Rupert had some great bonding moments together.
After our visit to Wildlife Rescue Center, we proceeded with our tour of the rest of the park. Upon exiting Wildlife Rescue Center, we turned left and continued walking until we saw this (see picture below):
We continued walking until we saw the Quezon Avenue entrance gate for pedestrians on the left (see picture below):
and this building on the right (see picture below):
We continued walking some more until we saw big bird cages on the left.
From here, we went to the lake. The lake was tranquil and had a relaxing vibe.
Then, we looked for the Fishing Village.
The Fishing Village is a bit far from both the Quezon Avenue and North Avenue entrance gates. To get to the Fishing Village, enter via the North Avenue gate. Don’t park at the parking area near the North Ave. gate. Instead, from the gate, turn right, drive past the parking area and follow the road that goes around the park until you see the lake and the Fishing Village. Park at the parking area in the picture below.
There is a restroom but it is a bit far from the Fishing Village.
From the Fishing Village, we walked to our car at the parking area near North Avenue gate. On the way, we saw an ice cream cart.
After spending about two hours in the park, we drove back to our house. Our family had a nice time at Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center. You might want to try it, too.
To get to Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center from Quezon City Hall, ride a jeepney to SM North EDSA/Trinoma. Get off the jeepney right away after the driver makes a right turn to North Avenue. The North Avenue entrance gate is very close to the Elliptical Road. After alighting from the jeepney, cross the street to get to the North Avenue entrance gate of Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center.
Don’t forget to apply sunblock and use insect repellent lotion/oil/spray/patch. Bring an umbrella, a bottle of water and some snacks. There are no food stalls inside except for one or two ice cream carts. For picnickers, bring a mat and a garbage bag. For those with toddlers, it is a good idea to bring a stroller.
Thanks for reading! 🙂
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