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In: Run19 Feb 2008
Paradizoo is a 10-hectare theme farm and zoo, located in Mendez, Cavite – a few minutes drive from Tagaytay City proper. It is a self-sustained farm, as the animals are fed with the grass and plants grown within the area. Honestly, I think its more of a farm than a zoo since most of the animals are for livestock, grow vegetables, produces honey etc. Paradizoo holds an agricultural festival with activities that includes, greyhound racing, cockfighting, animal auction, educational tours, seminars on farming, gardening, and fishing.
We arrived at the Farm around 1 o’clock when the sun is still at full blast. If you can imagine, it’ll be very difficult to walk around but they offer a 15-minute ride in a golf cart for 150php (they have to seriously re-think their pricing).
We first checked the fenced areas home to one-humped camels, ostriches, several types of goats, sheeps, deers, llamas, alpacas and pigs.
A trip to this zoo is a lot more fun if you bring your kids since they will be more amused with the animals compared to adults. Kids can feed the animals, which is a nice photo op for the parents.
The famous 5-legged cow named Bull-tez-five. (Its funny that the animals look to the lens whenever I take pictures of them)
Further on in the farm, we pass through other attractions, one of which is the perpetual pet cemetery, where one can bury their beloved pets (for a fee of course).
Then there’s a honey bee farm, I was afraid to go near the bee colonies as there is no net (a swarm of angry African bees comes through mind). There’s also a butterfly sanctuary, I was only lucky to find one.
At the center of the property lies the sunken flower garden.
The Infinity Pool of Positivism over looks the flower garden and the whole farm. Near the pavilion, its a perfect place to meditate and relax. I find myself sat down for a few minutes to enjoy the scenery and the cool breeze of Tagaytay air.
Paradizoo offers several options for accommodation, they have a Log House, an Air-conditioned Tent (3000php weekdays, 3300php on weekends).
There is also a Camp site where you can stay in one of the tents (500php) or set up your own (350php). Camping will let you experience how to live in nature with no electricity and distractions, nearby is a proper house with electricity and running water where the campers can bathe and eat breakfast.
Overall, I think the trip to Paradizoo is a lot more worth it and fun if you have kids. I find it a bit too boring for adults, the long walk can be very tiring under the hot summer sun and the path can get very muddy during the rainy season. If I’m in the area I’d go further and spend my day in Sonya’s Secret Garden. For the zoo, I’d rather visit Avilon Zoo in Montalban, Rizal to see more animals and a lot closer to Manila too.
Coming from Tagaytay City proper, drive towards Nasugbu, Batangas. After Tagaytay Market, look for the road towards Mendez, Cavite. Drive 5 minutes further and look for the signs and turn left. You’ll go through a narrow but paved road and just follow the signs.
Entrance fee is 199php for each adult. They offer a shuttle service from Manila. You can call (02) 895-7142; 898-3695; 899-9824; 899-9595 or 0917-8351111for inquiries.
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