A few weeks ago, I got to tag along with my kid in her first ever field trip. I was thrilled when the school said that family can tag along, provided you’re willing to shell out the ‘per head’ fees. With that, my kid ended up with three chaperones. I think we were far more excited than she was. haha. Well, who wouldn’t be? One of the destinations of that trip was the Zoobic Safari in Subic.
No lengthy narratives here. I’ll let the photos do the talking.
The first attraction was the miniature horses to which the child exclaimed “Aaaaw…what a cutie!” but I don’t which horse she was referring to.
She got to pet a goat
And then we got to meet these magnificent camels!
“WHEN WILL THIS AGONY EVER END?!” the distraught monkey mumbles to himself
I was surprised that they opened the cage and let us in.
Boarding the caged jeep to experience the “close encounter” with the Zoobic tigers
We were in the backseat
I know…these tigers are enormous!!! My mother was praying the novena at this point
Check out the size of that head! Scary!
Apparently, the tigers in Zoobic are a hybrid of Siberian tigers and Bengal tigers which explains their size. I’ve never seen tigers this big before so this is so worth traveling to Subic for. If you don’t think the “close encounter” was thrilling enough, wait till they bring you to the tiger’s pit where the distance of the tigers from the humans is but a few feet away. It was a whole stretch of cages that holds these ginormous tigers and visitors have to pass through a narrow hallway. We were so close, I can literally poke a tiger, but I won’t.
A white tiger with the most gorgeous gray eyesWe also got to visit the Aeta’s trail
Where they performed a few dance numbers for us
She loves the camera
Last stop was the Croco Loco These guys were still the whole time. The only action I saw was when somebody dropped a whole chicken into the lake. Scary. This is the mode of transportation that goes around the whole twenty-five hectare stretch of Zoobic I only got to show you some of the animals that we saw in the zoo. There were actually a whole lot more! We had to ride the bus to get into the area where ostriches and wild boars strangely co-exist. We weren’t allowed to get off the bus as the ostriches are not very friendly creatures.
The zoo is quite big which was a pleasant surprise. My kid kept asking “is there more? is there more?” and I’m glad I got to tell her “yes Anak, there’s more!”. She seemed super satisfied and exhausted by end of the day. We were in the zoo for a total of about two and a half hours, so that’s not bad at all. I guess if we wanted to stay longer we could have, but since we were in a group tour, we had to keep up with the rest. I would imagine you can stay longer especially during those days where they have scheduled shows. They will be offering a night safari option soon so I bet that will be another thrilling experience on its own.
This is the first local zoo that I’ve genuinely enjoyed. The tour guides are smart and competent and the upkeep of the place is highly commendable. If you want to plan your visit to Zoobic, you can check their Facebook page here or their website here.
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