My first impression when I pulled up to the Zoobic Safari was not too bad. The drive to get there was a little bit of a pain, and for kids I am sure too long. Once inside, there seem to be no real order, we paid for our tickets, was told to go inside and wait. We waited for a while, as they were busy, but no one really seem to know what was going on, even the employees I asked, would only tell me to wait. But that could have been because I am American and speaking English.
Once inside the part, I did like the fact they let you driver you own vehicle, or you can ride on their tram. Driving and stooping, sure made me feel I should have left the car, and took the tram, but oh well. The over all look of the inside of the park was not what I expected, but this is the Philippines, not the US.
The living areas of the animals we did see, seemed nothing like what they would be living in if they were in the wild, some were on a hill, no grass, very little trees, some were behind fences. I was a lot let down. And I could go on and on, it was just bad to me for the animals.
The tigers were the best part of the drive through, being able to ride on a secure jeep into an area with live tigers in and around you, wow, very cool, Though you are on a jeep full of others, and depending on where you sit, (I was next to the driver) you may not get to see the tiger all that close, but closer then if not in the jeep. Each jeep has a safety person on board who feeds the tigers, and that is very cool. Over all the tigers part of the drive though, very cool.
Once we finished the driver through, we were now onto the smaller part of the zoo, where you can walk with a guide to see other animals that was not a part of the drive through. Again I was very disappointed, these animals were living in areas not like the wild, very little if no grass at all, on a slop or hill, behind fences that have seen better days.
The animals looked ok, but the grounds looked dirty, bare, and in need of much repairs. I would not go back to Zoobic Safari due to the conditions of the over all place, they need to build these animal better living places, or remove the fences and let the animals roam free. That is what a real Safari is all about, not keeping them inside of fences while people drive by to look. Let them roam, keep personal vehicles out, only use the Zoobic trams, and make it a real Safari.
I forgot to talk about the area where you can have your photos taken with live tigers, which is very cool, but the cages they are kept in close to where the photos are taken, is nothing more then an abuse of animals. You should never put large animals into such small cages, that was heart breaking.
This Safari was poor if best, with a few good areas. It was not a waste of a trip, but I wont go back ever.
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