The Zooperb Shots 2.0 or the On-the-spot Photo contest of Zoomanity Group was indeed a success. Participated by over 70 photographers who joined the contest from different Photography clubs, from North to South.
On the spot registration started at 9:00AM last May 25. 2013 at Zoobic Safari, SBMA, Olongapo City. Shooting time on the other hand started at 10am-2PM. Deliberation and announcement of winners at exactly 5PM
While my Zooperb shots on the spot photo contest entry may not be the best, the whole Zoobic Safari experience was well worth it. I loved it there. I had a great time feeding some of those love birds from my palms. I got acquainted with the whole family of ostriches, guinea fowls and wild boars roaming around the two-hectare forest park of Zoobic.
I was on our seats when we got inside a two-hectare enclosed area in our customized Safari Jeep and experienced the thrill of being chased by full-grown tigers on the loose. The opportunity of seeing a tiger up-close was a surreal experience. We had to tempt the tiger to climb up the jeep and feed it with raw chicken while we were taking photographs.
I certainly love animals so there’s no doubt I would love it there. I particularly enjoyed the bird walk tours because they were amusing and the show in itself was entertaining.
Zoobic Safari is “The First and Only Tiger Safari in the Philippines,” where guests are treated to a thrilling adventure via eleven unique attractions. It offers a diverse educational tours for school trips, family activity and one of a kind adventure for company getaways. The Zoobic Safari park boasts variety of exotic and diverse animals in their simulated natural habitat where a guest can have a close encounter with these unique creatures, experience a safari adventure while communing with nature. Anyone can also watch the Amazing Animal Shows and try their adventure rides to complete their visit to the Zoobic Safari.
I love tigers because I have never seen one before. I have seen them through Animal Planet channel though so seeing so many of these tigers in one place is such a surprise to me. I was expecting a lot that there would be tigers roaming around the area however during the 10 minute tour I have only seen two tigers and one lion. Others were inside their cages. I was wondering why they were in the cage when they have the land area anyway. Maybe it’s just a matter of barricading it effectively to ensure the safety of the tigers and humans.
The other attractions we visited were an exhibit of animals that have been stuffed and preserved through taxidermy. Due to time constraints we had to skip out on seeing the crocodile farm, the aeta’s trail, the serpentarium, the bone museums and the other cool places.
I can imagine the Zoobic Safari experience would be super exciting for kids. While the most loved experience was the tiger safari other animals on the loose would be a giveaway. Photo above: Elal saying hello to her camel friend.
A lot of people love to feed birds and I can’t blame them. It’s fun, do you agree? Ang kukulit nilang lahat.
To summarize everything, Zoobic Safari park is a place which is great for kids. I was kind of like excited to visit this place whenever I hear the word zoo. Looking back at the experience, I have a memory of seeing the tiger and the camel up-close. There were variety of animals which I personally believe you will get to enjoy most of them. For anyone who has never been to a real zoo like me, then I strongly recommend this to kids and animal lovers. This is a perfect place to see and experience something that we do not usually come across with.
Day Tour Entrance Rate
Php 495 – Adult
Php 395 – Kids 4 ft. and below
Free – Kids 3 ft. and below
Note: Purchase tickets online to avail 10% discount
- 11 attractions (Zoobic Park, Rodent World, Serpentarium, Forbidden/Zoobic Cave, Tiger Safari Ride, Close Encounter, Savannah, Animal MuZOOeum, Aetas’ Trail, Hip-Hop-Bay-a-Wak, Croco Loco) for approximately 2 1/2 hours
- Zoo Guide
HOW TO GET TO ZOOBIC SAFARI:
Group I Ilanin Forest
Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Philippines
Telefax: (+6347) 252-2272; (+63) 929-7072222
3/F Yupangco Building
339 Sen. Gil Puyat Ave., Makati City,
Tel: (+632) 895-7142; 898-3695; 899-9824;
Mobile: (+63) 917-8351111
Fax: (+632) 899-9829
BY BUS: From Manila take the Vistory Line bus to OLongapo. I strongly recommend you take one of the buses that departs from Manila before 7:00 AM. If you depart Manila at or before 6:00 AM expect to arrive at OLongapo terminal around 9:30 AM. Olongapo terminal is at the APO Monument. If you take a bus that departs Manila later than 7:00 AM expect your trip to Subic to take longer because of Manila traffic.
From Olongapo Victory Liners terminal you can catch a yellow jeepney to Subic Freeports Main Gate area. From there, you can take either a bus or hire a Van taxi to the Safari. Fare is at Php400 one way.
Take the North Luzon Expressway and exit in San Fernando. Follow the signs going to Olongapo. Take the Tipo-Subic Expressway to reach the Subic Bay Freeport Zone. It takes approximately 3 hours from Balintawak in Quezon City.