Wrapped in albino snake at Ark Avilon Zoo

Ark Avilon Zoo, Fun Ranch and Tiendesitas

We’ve read somewhere that there’s a “cool” zoo just beside Tiendesitas. A zoo beside Tiendesitas is a bit strange because aside from the fact that Tiendesitas is a place to shop and eat, it’s beside a mall (SM). Also, we regularly pass through the Malabon City zoo, just behind Potrero elementary school along McArthur Highway (that’s a few meters from Monumento, Caloocan), but we never had the desire to go in a zoo, and we’re not really sure if it’s proper to qualify a “zoo” with being cool. The Ark Avilon Zoo beside Tiendesitas (sister zoo of Avilon Zoo, Rizal) made us rethink that.

[See Map: Directions on how to go there. See also more details, ratings and reviews on Ark Avilon Zoo or Fun Ranch.]

We parked in front of Tiendesitas, which, at first, wasn’t a good idea because there’s some walking to do towards the Avilon Zoo. I grabbed the first parking slot available because I didn’t know if there are parking spaces right in front of the zoo (yes, there are). Still, the choice of parking turned out perfect because we ended up eating at Tiendesitas, which means we were near where we parked. Anyway, any parking-related stress soon vanished when we saw, and got in, the Ark Avilon.

[See also the Avilon Zoo in Rodriguez, Rizal.]

It was a crisp sunny day, and it would have really helped a lot if the weather was at least overcast, so that we could approximate how Noah (or Evan Almighty) felt when he went in his ark. To get in Ark Avilon, you either pay P200 per head (for 1 year-old kids and above) or help build the next ark (kidding about building the ark).

There were crocodiles, although I’m not really sure if they’re alligators. The Animal Channel made me realize that crocodiles are technically different from alligators, but thankfully I need not explain that to my two-year old son who’s the primary reason why I decided to drag my butt out of the couch and go to the Ark Avilon Zoo. There are tortoises and turtles, but it’s not really hard to tell which is which. Then there’s sushi, I mean, different kinds of fish — huge ones, I must say.

There are exotic birds. How do I know they’re exotic, you ask? Let’s see. Palawan Hornbill, Luzon Tarictic Hornbill, Egyptian Goose, Violet Touraco, Nicobar Pigeon and Helmeted Guineafowl.

The hard-to-pronounce names alone made me conclude they’re exotic, not that it matters anyway. The zoo also allows visitors to handle eagles, in the same way that the kids are allowed to ride the donkey and play with the rabbits.

It was my first time to see a chameleon and it was pleasantly surprising to find one beside me — while I was buying hotdog sandwiches and beverage. After the attendant handed me the bottle of water, he held out a cricket, dangled it in front of the chameleon, then whap. It’s gone. The cricket, I mean, and not the chameleon, which, of course, could change colors to hide itself. It was Animal Planet in the flesh.

Then there are the snakes. I’m not really fond of snakes and there’s quite a few that I’ve gunned down or hacked to death with a bolo. I’d hold a dead snake only by the tail, which is because I’d rather shoot them from a distance than hold them. Then I saw the yellow snake and, as images of sexy models with snakes around their sexy bodies flash through my (innocent) mind, I couldn’t resist the temptation of not having my photo taken with them. The snakes, l mean. Besides, I have to show my son, Enzo, that his father could handle snakes.

I’m really having a hard time selecting which photos to include in this blog. There’s just to many of them and there’s too little aloted space for this blog. There’s a lion, with the tigers, pumas, orangutans, bears and other animals, the names of which I should have written down so I won’t forget. Perhaps you could do that for me when you go there. I chose the colorful and more majestic tiger over the sleeping lion and the rest of the others.

It’s a bit hot at the Avilon Zoo, so better dress accordingly. Just beside Avilon Zoo is the Fun Ranch (website), which is perfect to complete my son’s day out. There are rides, but not really like those in the Enchanted Kingdom. It’s just enough to keep the little ones preoccupied, but I must say that the zoo should be the main destination.

Beside the Fun Ranch is Tiendesitas. Here, you could shop in bazaar-type outlets. There’s an open food court, which includes products under the One Town, One Product (OTOP) program of the government. You may want to support this project. I suggest Tita Lynn’s Flavored Suman, with its great tsokolate and coffee.

*How to get there? Ark Avilon Zoo, Fun Ranch and Tiendesitas are located along Ortigas Avenue Extension corner C5, Pasig City. It’s near Eastwood City, Libis and the Ortigas Center. See map and directions.

61 thoughts on “Ark Avilon Zoo, Fun Ranch and Tiendesitas”

  1. Fun Ranch, you’re welcome, and thanks for dropping by. Just thinking out loud – perhaps you’d like to invite a family or two (of course, our readers and not us) for a free ride-all-you-can visit to your establishment, subject to the submission of an article about that visit. We could post that article/s here. That would be good for everyone.

  2. Hi! can i get the contact number of Ark Avilon Zoo. My son will be having his first field trip, perhaps i suggest to his teacher your place. its looks educational for the children ages 2 to 7.
    How much is the entrance fee and do you a package?
    Hope to receive a reply from you ASAP.
    Thank you.


  3. It’s been a couple of months now since that horrible incident in AoA. Maybe somebody would want to give us updates on what improvements/developments did the MGT undertake to rebuild its reputation.

    I’m planning to bring my 2-year old daughter there some time this week. And I would definitely burn that snake to the ground if it lays a tooth on my little kid (exaggerating =)).

    Anyways, it sounds like fun and I know me and my family will have a good time there.

  4. I am Janic Olo Mermacodo, from Paranaque Manila. I have three dogs in our house. one japanese spitz, a pomeranian, and two labradors. They are really pleasant when I got home.
    Since I knew that there was a place like Tiendesitas near the Fun Ranch in Ortigas Avenue Corner C5, Pasig City, I could not wait any longer to seek it out for myself. It was said that it was a pet village composed of stop-by restaurants and many other places in which, for the first time, I can bring with me my dogs. It was really great that someone had invented a place like this. You know, on the other hand it is still very beneficial for the owners and their pets like me. The place could give them a room wherein they could have more bonding time with each other. They can sleep together, eat together, walk together, or even shop together in different doggy stores there that offer a lot of doggy purchases like their treats and thing for grooming and fashion.
    Now, Tiendesitas has been my favorite place. I go there with my pets when I have ample time after office, or even during weekends to have our bonding so close and tight. I am looking forward to join different dog clubs so I can manage to join dog shows held at Tiendesitas. Please mail me..

  5. Aye. I second the motion. We’re also planning to celebrate my son’s 2nd birthday this Sunday at AoA. My entire clan will be there. Please let us know if there were improvements made after the previous accident that had transpired…

    Thanks in advance! More power!

  6. Julius/Lara, we’d try to inquire about that. But then you guys could still go there, but just be careful. If you decide to go anyway, then please ask that question for the benefit of others who may also have the same question. Thank you.

  7. Wow… sounds like the doctors reall overreacted on the girl’s bite wound.

    The fact that they did not know that a King Snake is non-venomous is alarming to me, although the park officials should have made that clear beforehand.

    A non-venomous snake bit should not be treated with tetanus and antibiotics, it should be treated by a good cleansing and a bandage, keep the wound clean and redress it and the bite will heal quickly.

    I don’t get why people are so hyper over simple bites these days. When I was a kid I must have gotten bitten a dozen times by various snakes and I never went to the hospital because they were all non-poisonous.

    I hope the girl gets well soon but I think there is more to the story than we’re hearing. King Snakes are constrictors, they do not bite to kill, they go after smaller animals, strangle them and swallow whole. The only reason one bites is for self-defense or if it is agitated for some reason.

    If the zoo is liable for anything it was probably the handler allowing kids to play too roughly with the snake throughout the day.

  8. Just got to read this blog tonight 2/16/2009. I’m planning to bring my ‘bunso’ at Ark Avilon Zoo for his 3rd Birthday tomorrow and all over Fun Ranch.

    Just like to comment on a ‘typo’. Moses never went inside Noah’s Ark šŸ™‚

    It was a crisp sunny day, and it would have really helped a lot if the weather was at least overcast, so that we could approximate how Moses (or Evan Almighty) felt when he went in his ark.


  9. cool..but just a correction in your statement..I believe it was NOAH not Moses who has an Ark…

    better yet…I think I will visit Avilon sometime soon…

  10. dadaBEAR/Andrew K, thanks for pointing that out (it’s greatly appreciated). The post had been revised to reflect your correction. I assume you already visited the place…what’s the verdict? =)

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