As a kid, my favorite tourist attraction to visit (except from food factories, lol) are animal theme parks or zoos. And honestly, since we’re going to more advanced tech age already, I’m a little bit sad about the thought of our kids now losing interest with nature. I mean, do they even know how to feed farm animals, or plant trees will they have the chance to at least witness how beautiful these living things are in real life or will they just stare at their iPads and maybe make silly imitations of animal sound, I don’t know.
I always mention I am very excited for Mnemo to start schooling already. I am excited to teach her on her homework, I am wondering if she could be as creative as I was before, or if she’s patient enough to learn more. And, of course, I am sooooo much looking forward to accompany her to her future school trips where she’ll be exposed to different things outside school like candy manufacturing sites, museums, historical sites, etc.
Since I’m not sure if schools take risks on taking kids near animals today (because as far as I can remember, our batch wasn’t part of the zoo group!), I thought it would be more safe and fun if Mnemo’s first field trip was with family – meaning more zoos, beaches, and mountains for the mom! Ha!
Mnemo’s first zoo experience was at Paradizoo in Tagaytay. This was her first time seeing cows, pigs, ostrich and many more farm animals and hectares of trees and plants and grass. It was unfortunate, though, that it was rainy the whole day when we went there. Whew. I guess no more spontaneous outdoor plans especially now that I’m already a mom!
Paradizoo and Zoomanity
Paradizoo Theme Farm is definitely a “paradise” to people who love animals. On this 10-hectare rolling stretch of land live hundreds of animals and thousands of insects ready for you to discover.
When we visited, as I mentioned, it was raining. And the animals are almost soaking wet (which make them look weird in pictures). Because yes, most of the time they are free to roam around the farm. Of course, there are gates and pens and roof and trees, but it’s nice to see these beauties free and not caged all the time.
Paradizoo Vicinity Map
There are at least 12 attractions inside the whole vicinity of Paradizoo – from farm animals to beautiful butterflies. Roaming around is a bit of a challenge to us because aside from the rain, I was injured and we’re with two grannies (lolo and lola). So we rented a farm car (I honestly don’t know how they call it) which was a really big help for us to enjoy the trip.
Most parts of the Paradizoo is actually open for the animals to roam around, and the widest area, I think, is the farm part they call Fram Frenzy. Along the way to the plains, are stalls were some animals were kept while the caretakers feed them. Most of the time though, as observed, they’re just in the open enjoying the greens.
What’s more interesting is that Paradizoo also shows us a different picture of a zoo – instead of the usual snakes, monkeys, elephants, this park is home to camels, llamas, miniature horses, ostriches, greyhounds, and a five-legged cow which is indeed uncommon among all animal parks we know. I don’t know about you, but these guys really amaze me. It was actually my first time to see a granny pig and a real-life greyhound, I mean, whaaaaat!
Vegetable, Flower, and Eclectic Gardens
We almost missed this part. I know I complained how did I came up with the idea of going to an open zoo during rainydays, and I bet you’re going to read more of it as we move along this post. So here’s a tip: while soaking wet animals are interesting to see (lol what), do not, again, DO NOT, go to a zoo if it’s raining! Well, I honestly enjoyed it but no-rain weekdays are better.
The flower garden didn’t show too much as flowers usually reach their full bloom around summer. But you can see how they were arranged creatively, drawing patterns along the garden. I bet they’re really beautiful when they start to bloom.
The vegetable garden though amazed me. I mean, it’s obvious the farm will be selling their harvests to guests but whatever. Food amazes me. So yep, we bought kilos of different kinds of veggies and fruits. Luckily, there are fresh chillis, too. I looove spicy food and I loooove chillis.
On one part of the vegetable farm is a big pavilion that is usually used for weddings and other large functions.
Butterfly and Honey Bee Farms
The butterfly garden was one of my favorites as I learned so much from my 15-minute visit to the humble home of these colorful beauties. There’s just one thing I hate when inside a butterfly garden – the caterpillars. Which is undeniably silly because what else do I expect, right? Ha!
Are you also one of those Pinoys who believe that when a brown butterfly means you’re attracting money, and a black butterfly is a relative who just recently passed, and that red butterfly means luck? Honestly, I am one of those.
Since it was raining, we didn’t bother to meet the busy bees face to face – we just let them hang out there and not sting us. But we did see few of them in a glass window where Paradizoo educates guests about bees. They also sell freshly-harvested honey and other honey stuff (including beeswax lipbalm!).
Just beside the butterflies and bees farm, is another interesting attraction – the Meditation Garden. It’s literally a park-like garden where you can stay at when you’re just tired of walking around the area, or if you need some moments of silence.
The Orchid Pavilion was where we stayed when the rain poured more heavily. I wasn’t able to take good pictures of the place, as Mnemo was afraid of plants (weird, I know) and she just liked being carried around, but I promise this pavilion is also quite relaxing. I can imagine a cup of coffee while I’m just there, sitting, while the heavy rains pour (and Mnemo’s just sleeping on her bed (whheew).
Paradizoo also values your relationships with your pets. They understand how much pets means to you, so they opened a small space for your resting buddies at the Pet Cemetery.
I haven’t had my own pet yet but the thought of beloved pets having their own resting place is kind of nice. I’m not sure if pet cemeteries are already a thing now, but it’s nice.
As of writing, Paradizoo offers a peaceful place for Php4500.
I promise he’s (this goat^) not sad. I was using my phone to take pictures to avoid hassle with DSLRs, and I was just too scared to take closer shots because his nose was like only 1cm way from my hand. Long story short, this was a stolen shot where I used that “look what’s that” *takes photo while he’s looking at the other side* technique.
Aside from what I mentioned, I’m sure there’s more to discover just within the Paradizoo vicinity and the thought of lions and other scary animals excites me (hopefully also Mnemo)! Can’t wait to visit other zoos in the Zommanity Group.
Soon To Open
– Institute of Agriculture
– Green House
– Noah’s Ark
Great discount for a more fun animal encounter!
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