After few weeks of closure due to strict implementation of MECQ (Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine), the Tourism Industry in Talisay City, Cebu has now resumed.
Last friday, I went to Crocolandia Park with Mini Zoo. It is one of the most visited attractions here in Talisay City, Cebu and one of the most favorite place of children. The Park could also help educate visiting children/students about the wild animals in the Philippines.
The Crocolandia Foundation Inc. was founded in November 2000 by Go Ching Hai and it was opened in January 6, 2001. This information was according to one of the Crocolandia staff.
You could easily find the place because it is situated along the main road and the park has a huge signboard outside. If your preference going there is by public transport, you may get yourself a tricycle ride from Tabunok and let the driver convey you to the park. It is a well-known park, the tricycle drivers have already known the place for a long time.
Before you could enter the park, have hands get sanitize first and pay the entrance fee. The entrance fee for adult is php200.00 and Php150.00 for children.
If you would go in a group of 25 and above you could have 20% discount.
Once the entrance fee has been settled, the cashier will give you a stub.
I was the only guest the time I visited the park. The staff had just instructed me to follow the arrows.
Please take note that the park has rules to follow. These are the following:
- No flying of drones inside
- No pets allowed
- Do not feed their animals
You should follow the red arrows to complete your tour.
So let's begin the virtual tour.
The first animal greeted me was the northern map turtles. I waited for few minutes before I was able to see them clearly. I waited them until they swam on the surface of the water.
My heart beats fast as I saw this huge spectacled caiman. I was reluctant at first if I would complete my tour since I was already anxious. Although the caiman was in the cage but I was still afraid because my mind was already engulfed of wild and negative thoughts.
There were many what ifs in my mind. Like what if the caiman could escape from the cage and would attack me (lol).
I have funny story of this crocodile. I saw this on the other side when I was far from the cage but when I get closer, this crocodile had transferred to the side near me and while he gets closer he slowly opened his mouth and when I took photo of him, he opened it bigger.
I don't know if you could clearly see the other crocodile in the water.
And another big caiman. Although he seemed sleeping but I was still scared looking at his size and appearance (lol).
I slowly came closer and took video. Although I could feel my knees slightly shaking but I still pushed myself.
Next, I saw this regular size fish pond. The water is not that clear so I think you could hardly see the big fish. I tried to put my hands with my phone close to the water so I could capture the big fish.
Have you seen them?
I hope you could see them enjoying swimming around the pond. The size is huge. I don't know what's the name of the fish since there was no name posted near the pond.
This pond has another type of fish. They were small and colorful.
After I had seen fishes, turtles and caimans I headed to the next area of the park to check the other animals. I just went straight to get out of this area.
This arrows help me where to head next and what should I expect ahead. I had took few steps before I was able to see many different types of birds.
I was surprised since there was no birds mentioned in the arrows. But I was delighted as the birds are so lovely to look at.
Meet Umbrella Cockatoo. According to the information they posted outside the cage, this bird live in primary, logged and secondary forest below 900m, mangroves, plantation including coconut and agricultural land.
In the wild, white cockatoos feed on berries, seeds, nuts, fruits and roots. When nesting, they include insects, insect larvae and worms.
This is Tarictic Hornbill. It is endemic to forests on Luzon and nearby islands in the Northern Philippines.
The principal food of Visayan hornbill is fruit. They rarely eat insects, beetles, ants and earthworms.
I don't know what's the name of this bird. There was no information posted and I have seen this bird for the first time and it was such a lovely bird.
The Philippine Hawk-Owl can be found in forest areas up to 1800m, although they mostly reside in areas below 1000m above sea level. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.
They feed on insects and rodents and sometimes eats fruits.
As I saw this bird from afar, I got an extreme fascination to get to know about this bird however, there was no information provided. It made me disappoint and I could not ask from anyone because no one was with me.
Another lovely birds.
This is Writhed Hornbill primary evergreen forest in lowlands, mainly below 500m, but up to 1100m.
They eat mainly fruit, and some insects.
The other one bird get closer to the other as I came closer to the cage and took video. It made my day.
Look at the Ostrich.
As I entered in the nature center, this snake welcomed me.
This is Burmese Python. They dwell in swamps, grasslands and jungles. Young pythons are often found in trees, but as they grow heavier they become ground dwellers.
They eat rodents, small mammals and birds. Large pythons are native to Southern and Southeast Asia.
The Burmese python is light yellowish cream with a series of brown elongated rectangular blotches edged with black. There is a lance-shaped mark on the head and neck. It is one of the largest of all snakes, growing up to 25 feet, usually 20 and weighing up to 190 pounds. The female grows faster than the male and is ultimately larger.
It lives in jungles and scrublands and may live near human settlements.
This is Green Iguana. They are found in tropical rainforests and spend a lot time in the trees, where they are superbly camouflaged.
Green iguanas are herbivores which means that they eat plant matter. In the wild, iguanas eat leaves, flowers, and some fruits.
This is the native tree garden. If you would like to spend with nature you can head this area after your tour.
This is the nature center. If you would like to know the life history of the crocodilian you could head in this area of Crocolandia.
There is a mini playground and children could surely enjoy this area.
If you get tired after completed the tour, you can head to their cafeteria to have some refreshments.
I didn't go home until I was able to have a photo in this area (lol).
That's the end of our virtual tour. Hope you had fun.
Thank you for reading and see you on my next blog. Cheers!
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