Spent two days at Subic, Zambales to visit the much talked about Zoobic Safari and at the same time checked out Ocean Adventure. My expectations for Zoobic was high considering that I just visited Avilon Zoo in Montalban, Rizal. Zoobic Safari is a 25 hectare land which is part of Subic Freeport Zone’s jungle forest attraction. Zoobic safari has several completed attractions and additional under construction attractions that were recently opened to attract more visitors. Among these attractions is the Zoobic Park, a petting area where several animals are located. However, due to the recent typhoon Milenio, the park was badly damaged. A number of big trees were uprooted and several animals escaped from captivity and are nowhere to be found within the Zoobic vicinity.
The park is a good 20-30 minutes walk with an assigned tour guide explaining the different species that still can be found inside the park. Most of the animals left inside the zoo after the typhoon were the same animals that I saw in Avilon Zoo.
Aside from the park there was also the Serpentarium (snakes and reptiles), Savannah (freely roaming ostriches and pot bellied pigs), Croco-Loco (100 plus crocodiles from Palawan) Close encounters with Cowhead-milk-fed tigers in captivity and the Animal Bone museum.
Of course, a visit to Zoobic would not be complete without going to the Tiger Safari area where a number of tigers are freely roaming around. However, the tigers did not pay attention to our arrival since I did not bring them some dressed chicken for snack. The closest I could get from the tigers was a few feet away. I took some pictures, the tigers stared at me blankly then continued resting. Good enough for me, since I don’t want to spare a few hundred bucks for some over-priced chicken just for the thrill of getting an inch-away encounter with those snob tigers.
So, that not-so-exciting Tiger Safari visit ends my trip to Zoobic. If not for the real-jungle-feel setting of Zoobic, I would prefer Avilon Zoo for Zoobic. But then, the jungle-like-forest athmosphere of Zoobic adds excitement to the trip. If you don’t mind sparing a few hundreds worth of gasoline, then go visit Zoobic. Otherwise, you can visit Avilon Zoo to save a few hundreds worth of expenses.
But to maximize your travel time and gas money, you might as well visit Ocean Adventure which is 15 minutes away from Zoobic. While in Ocean Adventure make sure to watch the sea lion, dolphin and false killer whale show. These creatures are more intelligent than the ones featured in Hong Kong (a friend confirmed this fact). Want proof? Watch Thalia, the intelligent sea lion!
[tags]zoobic, sbma, ocean adventure, tiger safari[/tags]
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