We personally believe that learning shouldn’t stop. This is why, even if we’re already adults, visiting a zoo is still a must do from time to time. It offers incredible learning opportunities as well brings families, friends, and couples together. Thus, using a discount coupon from Yalla Book of Coupons, we decided to spend a day at Zoocobia Fun Zoo and Paradise Ranch located in Clark, Pampanga.
Zoocobia Fun Zoo Entrance Fees
- Zoocobia – PHP 295 (or USD 5.7).
- Paradise Ranch – PHP 150 (or USD 2.89).
- Zoocobia and Paradise Ranch – PHP 395 (or USD 7.62).
Entrance for children three feet and below is free.
Our Zoocobia Fun Experience
When we went to Zoocobia, they had an action-packed canine event so some of their attractions were closed for the day such as the Zing ride and zip line. I wonder if their Giant Fun Slide attraction is still open as there was no one manning it and a barrier is in place. Anyway, the missing attractions didn’t prevent us from having so much fun.
Trained Uncaged Birds
We started our zoo visit by staring at birds perched on a small barren tree. The birds don’t have a chain such as this large Black Palm Cockatoo. Despite it, they don’t fly to escape the zoo.
According to Zoocobia’s staff, the birds are trained. So just approach them and they will transfer the birds on your finger, hand, arm, or shoulder for a photo opportunity. It was an interesting experience as we couldn’t recall having birds perch on our hand or arms.
Zoocobia’s staff offered us some bird feed to bring inside their caged bird feeding area. Upon entering, we found several parakeets, type of small parrot, in different colors and patterns perched as well on a small barren tree upon entering.
All we had to do was stretch our hand with the bird feed and the parakeets ate from our hands. We think they must have been hand fed since they were babies as they were used to eating from people’s hands.
Parakeet feeding gives a ticklish sensation with their tiny mouths pecking for food. Your hand will get some bird poop, at some point, but it is something that can’t be avoided. No worries though as it can be easily washed and their poop isn’t disgusting as it sounds.
Lloyd actually had his hand pooped at by one of the parakeets. He still found the experience fun and worthwhile nonetheless.
Bird s of Paradise
Next, we entered an enclave that is Birds of Paradise. The mysteriousness from the outside worked wonders as we went in.
The first bird that caught my attention was the Philippine Eagle Owl, one of the largest owls in the world. I’m sure some of you will feel bad that this owl is awake during daytime. Add to that the fact that he/she is restrained both for our entertainment and our education.
This is included among endangered species though. So rather than being hunted down by clueless hunters, it is better off being taken care of in a zoo.
It is also important not all owls sleep during daytime. An owl can be diurnal, which means active during the daytime, based on their diet. As his diet consists of rats, small vertebrates, or meat readily given to him, I don’t see any point of him being awake at night to hunt.
Aside from this, many of us will not be able to afford the luxury of going to an actual forest to marvel at this bird. So don’t feel bad for it.
The Brahminy Kite, with its striking chestnut brown body, is a bit snobbish as I had to wait for a long while just for it to turn its face toward me. I’m not entirely surprised as I don’t think it is supposed to be used to human presence. As a scavenger bird, it thrives in coastal areas, forests, and even mangrove plantation.
Considered as vulnerable to extinction as hunters illegally capture the Philippine Hawk Eagle, also called as lawin, it peacefully sat on an artificial tree.
I don’t think I have seen any zoo without this flightless but largest and heaviest bird.
Since it looked friendly to me, I decided to have a photo with it.
Lo and behold! It pecked me. Lloyd was able to capture the funny moment of me screaming with surprise. According to the staff, the ostrich did it because he was asking for food. Now I know that I shouldn’t be posing with a hungry ostrich.
If you’re wondering if his peck hurt, it didn’t but its peck is strong that it may hurt a child. One also has to make sure that a kid doesn’t slip inside its area. An ostrich is known to have a powerful kick that can potentially kill a predator or human.
I heard that, when feeding it, one has to wear a leather glove the staff provides to protect one’s hand.
By the way, there are birds roaming freely around this area too. We saw a turkey and quails but I couldn’t catch it to take a photo of it.
Hug a Bearcat
It is honestly the first time I saw a bearcat out of its cage. Let alone a cuddly few months old cub. I wasn’t brave enough to let it walk or cling on my body.
According to Lloyd, he found it fluffy but, of course, it wasn’t as cute as a bear as it looks like a cat. This is a one of a kind experience you shouldn’t miss when you’re at Zoocobia Fun Zoo. I haven’t seen a bearcat out of a cage at zoos in other countries.
There is also an opportunity to feed its mother using a stick with a sliced banana on the tip. One interesting thing to note about it is that its poop smells like pandan leaves.
Hold a Baby Monkey
If you don’t have enough reason to head to Zoocobia, this may give you the reason to head there now.
Zoocobia Fun Zoo is currently a home to a baby monkey. It is not often one can have the opportunity to encounter and hold such as monkeys only give birth every couple of years. In addition, like humans, multiple births for them is difficult.
I’m not fond of touching animals ever since so I was content at staring at the baby monkey. If you’re wondering what it feels like holding it, Lloyd said that the texture of its hands is similar to gelatin. It is somewhat clingy to its caretaker so it jumps and lands on its caretaker whenever the distance for him feels right. Too bad, we forgot to ask for its name.
Find Your Way in the Garden Maze
If you intend to go to the other area from where the Bearcat and monkey are residing, you have no choice but to go through the garden maze.
We surprisingly found this maze fun as the grass walls were big and we found ourselves lost inside for a while. Anyway, the maze itself can also serve as a backdrop for Instagram shots.
Ride the ZOOC
Zoocobia’s ZOOC ride is a gravity car that, after one push, slides down their paved 400-meter track. We had to hold on both handles so we can navigate it on the sharp turns of the track. We had fun so much fun as our ZOOC ride sped down fast.
Those who are concerned with safety need not worry as there are tires on steep turns to prevent one from falling off track and beyond a ledge. Additionally, they don’t allow two ZOOC rides to slide together and racing with each other isn’t also allowed.
Just a short walk from the finish line of the ZOOC ride is the barn where one can feed, pet, or observe mammals. We weren’t able to take photos of us feeding the animals since we had fun feeding them with grass. Thus, just enjoy a few photos of the animals that piqued my interest.
Kalahari Goat from South Africa
Spotted Fallow Deer can be found in Central, North and South America and Asia.
These are just black pigs but I found it interesting that they eat grass.
Zoocobia Fun Zoo offers an opportunity for guests to ride a camel.
To climb atop it, one has to climb an elevated platform. The design of the metal chair affixed the camel’s back seem to be patterned after a toddler’s high chair. I think they chose that kind of saddle because falling on the grassy ground instead of sand is, of course, dangerous.
As I was able to ride a camel already in Dubai, I just let Lloyd ride it. The camel available in Zoocobia is a Dromedary Camel, or one-humped camel, maybe because it is the most common type. Riding it is good for a few rounds but ride it for long and I’m sure your butt and thigh muscles will be sore.
Lloyd, after riding it, told me that he found it easier to ride a carabao than this.
Other Activities to be Enjoyed
Visit Animal Bone & Skin Museum
I regret not noticing this before we were supposed to leave. We weren’t able to explore the inside. Hoping to view the displays when we return.
Shop for Souvenirs
Visiting an interesting place certainly calls for a souvenir. You can buy usual items such as stuffed toys, t-shirts, key chains, and more.
For a unique souvenir, support the Aetas by buying from what they are selling.
What I personally would love to bring home a plant. If only I have the time to take care of one, I will bring home such as a souvenir.
Love Zoocobia Fun Zoo
Zoocobia stays true to what it proclaims to be which is a fun zoo. Through the close animal encounters we had, we experienced several firsts that weren’t only fun but gained memories we will forever cherish. And to think we only explored the place for just two hours. That I think speaks a lot regarding our experience.
Meanwhile, the additional attractions they offer, in my opinion, is just a bonus. It is also a handy reason for staying longer and surely bonding more with one’s loved ones.
So please don’t miss visiting this place. I know it’s quite a bit far and I’m sure you’ve heard about Zoobic Safari too. But believe me! This is equally worth your time. I have seen a lot of non-locals enjoying this place as well.
We can’t wait to return here to enjoy the other attractions we missed.
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Zoocobia Location Map and Contact Details
Address: Paradise Ranch Avenue, Calumpang, Sacobia Valley, Clark Freeport, Mabalacat, Pampanga.
Tel. Nos.: 09194909951
Zoocobia Operating Hours
Open daily from 8 AM to 5 PM including holidays.