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Review of Baluarte

Baluarte
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Reviewed February 10, 2014 via mobile

This zoo is sponsored by the Governor Singson. It has the advantage of being free and interactive with some animals. I enjoyed walking through the butterfly habitat.

Negatively, some of the animals look tired, depressed, and overworked. At the entrance where three tigers of which one just walked around the cage perimeter and seemed very thirsty. There was a pool dug but without water. The water in the trough was inadequate and looked dirty. A fourth tiger was near the show stage. It was chained as it was not caged but looked tired and weary not to mention depressed. The goose pond looked quite unsanitary and like it is rarely looked after.

Trying to be respectful, to me its like it is publicly accessible private zoo, if that makes sense.

Again I have mixed feelings about this venue. More attention to the animal welfare would go a long way.

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"chavit singson"
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"stuffed animals"
in 9 reviews
"animal lovers"
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"butterfly garden"
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"shuttle ride"
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"polar bear"
in 4 reviews
"close encounter"
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"free admission"
in 7 reviews
"bring water"
in 5 reviews
"different species"
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"take pictures"
in 10 reviews
"buy souvenirs"
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"ostrich"
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"snakes"
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Reviewed February 7, 2014

You might not have the chance to go to a nearby zoo and this may be the only time that you were able to go out of town. If by chance you will pass by Vigan, hop in to a tricycle and let this wonderful machine and its driver show your way around. Ask the driver to bring you to Baluarte, this is an animal sanctuary open to the public and you pay nothing. Yes, no entrance fee and you get to enjoy the animals around. Be sure to take some pictures with them. The giant dinosaurs are great for your wacky photo shoot. There is also a live show that you and your children will definitely enjoy.

Date of experience: January 2014
Thank Pinoyland
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Reviewed February 6, 2014

If you want to see some animals roaming free, then you must visit here. Love the donkeys, ostrich and the birds that I saw last time.

Date of experience: October 2013
Thank Lovelee T
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Reviewed February 2, 2014

It was so generous of the governor to share what he has with the locals and visitors. I admired the owner's house situated on top of the hill. It served as a great photo opp, as well.

Date of experience: January 2014
Thank Iris C
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Reviewed January 23, 2014

No entrance fee for this tourist spot. No fees for riding a pony but tips are very much welcome for the guides. If you love animals like: pony, snake, tiger, sheeps, etc. this place is for you.

Date of experience: December 2013
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