The property owners of the famed Zoobic in Zambales present another spectacular animal adventure: Paradizoo, a farm theme park nestled in the slopes of Tagaytay City. Some actually consider this Tagaytay Zoo more as a farm since it’s a place where most of the animals are for livestock, where insects produce honey and where there is a haven for growing vegetables.
This 10-hectare property is home to several different animals such as goats, sheep, deer, miniature horses, one-humped camels, llamas, ostriches, native carabaos, wild pigs, ducks, bees, and one-colored peacocks. Kids will even get the chance to feed the animals, which will make a nice photo op for proud parents. Little ones will certainly be amazed upon seeing the famous 5-legged cow named Bull-tez-five. The farm is actually self-sustaining as the animals are fed with the grass and plants grown within the area. Not only is the farm filled with animals but insects too. There is a honey bee farm where visitors can first-handedly see the honey that they produce and a butterfly sanctuary filled with varieties of colorful butterflies.
The Infinity Pond of Positivism is one of the main attractions of the zoo. It is a mini-pavilion that lies in the center of the farm that overlooks the garden, perfect for relaxation and meditation. It’s a great place to enjoy the scenery and the cool breeze of the Tagaytay weather. Toddlers and kids will then definitely get a kick out of riding the miniature horses for only 25 pesos. But to those little ones who may be too young to ride, photo opportunities are available where kids can ride on the small horses for 10 pesos.
The zoo sees the importance of loving and caring for all kinds animals may they be alive or have they departed. The zoo has a section named the Perpetual Pet Cemetery where people can bury their beloved pets for a minimal fee. There are two options to get around Paradizoo, the first is to take a golf cart and the other is touring the farm by foot. Know, however, that walking around the zoo after rain showers may not be a good idea as it can get quite muddy and unpleasant. The best time to visit Paradizoo is during its agricultural festival with tons of activities lined up for visitors.
Enjoy greyhound racing, cockfighting, animal auctions, education tours and seminars on farming, fishing and gardening. To get to Paradizoo, take the main road coming from Tagaytay Rotunda going straight to Batangas. Pass by the Mendez Market and watch out for the Paradizoo sign on the right side of the road. From that corner, take a 10-minute drive on a dirt road which will lead you all the way to Paradizoo. Entrance fee is at 199 pesos per person while golf cart rentals are at 100 pesos. Paradizoo is a suitable and a more accessible alternative to Zoobic found in Subic. It is indeed a great place to take the kids who are passionate about animals and it will be a great way to educate small ones about animal welfare as well. Drop by this Tagaytay Zoo with your kids and see their hopeful faces light up with these adorable animals.