Another jungle birthday for Raviv!
Last year, Raviv celebrated his first birthday with a full blast jungle safari-themed party. This year, he had a simple circus-themed pre-birthday bash at school. Pre-birthday because his real birthday falls the day after Christmas when most people are still on vacation. Thus Randy and I decided to celebrate our unico hijo‘s birthday in Subic. Subic was perfect because my parents came over for the holidays, and they still haven’t really toured Subic. Even more perfect because Raviv loooooves animals so so so much, and Subic has both land and marine animal showcases! Ergo parang jungle birthday uli, ‘yun nga lang real animals na this time!
Stopover at WIN
When we arrived in Subic in the morning of December 26, we had a quick stopover at the Wildlife in Need (WIN) headquarters. We did because Randy was nostalgic–one of his first jobs was to catalogue the fauna in the forests of Subic. The present headquarters of WIN was once his team’s headquarters. The WIN HQ had some animals around, which the kids enjoyed looking at.
Then we proceeded to Zoobic Safari.
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Entrance was at P450/head, and there were ten of us. But the general manager, Mr. Joe Lagrito waived our entrance fee (thanks Sir Joe!!!)
Since it was the holidays, there were so many people in there! Guests were grouped into 20’s. Each group was briefed first before the tour. Coincidentally, one of our tour group mates was our former student last summer who was with his family.
Walk-through tour: animals up close!
One thing (out of bazillions) we are most proud about Raviv is that he’s not duwag. So he definitely enjoyed the fact that he could easily interact with several animals he only used to see in pictures, on TV or afar.
Here are Raviv and I feeding the very adorable birds:
And here we are again bottle-feeding kids aka baby goats…pretty much like what Raviv did when he visited Graco Farm:
And here he is bravely touching a camel:
Here are some group photos at the serpentarium:
Aside from these, there were myriad other animals that could be petted during our walk-through tour.
Drive through tour
In the drive through tour, you may opt to bring your own vehicle or pay an additional P50/head if you decide to ride Zoobic Safari’s vehicles to get to many more awesome destinations.
Aside from these, we also got to walk the Aeta (natives of Subic) trail and watch them perform (it’s a very entertaining performance :)), walk on a bridge above so many crocodiles, and many more. But what we looked forward to the most was the Tiger Safari where we saw huge tigers out in the “wild” climbing on top of safari vehicles and appearing out of nowhere to eat the chicken that our Aeta guide stuck out of our vehicle.
Though our stomachs were famished after our almost three-hour tour around the 25-hectare park, our senses were busog na busog! Zoobic Safari is definitely far from the usual zoo where you can’t even get a decent photo of animals because of all the wires of their cages. I must say that the P450/head entrance fee at Zoobic Safari plus the affordable photo ops with animals are definitely worth it. Raviv, the other kids (cousin Yoona and Ate Thea) and we adults (Randy, Mom, Dad, my brother TJ, Mama, Yaya Isay, Yaya Margie and I) definitely had a blast!
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