By Saul E. Pa-a
MENDEZ, Cavite, Jan. 25 (PNA) –- A two-hour drive from south of Manila to Mendez, a Cavite highland town next to Tagaytay City brings you to this 10-hectare theme farm and zoo called Paradizoo.
A paltry entrance fee offers you to this exhilarating experience whether on a picnic, an educational field trip, an outdoor and group outing program or simply a nature trek to discover there’s a lot more fun in the Philippines.
Paradizoo, a contracted word for paradise and zoo, nestles next to the Tagaytay peak with soothing beauty of flora and fauna.
Visitors and tourists get a glimpse of this countryside self-sustained ranch teeming with farm animals as they feed on the expansive grasslands and ecological haven.
Nature lovers could also peek into the natural aviaries and butterfly sanctuaries under the mini-forest and tree groves, walk past the landscaped gardens and dare into a honey bee farm and many more exciting treks.
Shared by Tagaytay weather at 18.5 degrees Celsius this time of the year, Paradizoo is literally and geographically cool.
Its high altitude is definitely above waters although it now features the country’s version of the “Noah’s Ark.”
From January 19 to March 3, Paradizoo celebrates its agricultural events dubbed as the natural “Power of Three” which stars the flowers, vegetables and the agri-livestock fair.
The agricultural festival straddles to almost two months featuring exhibits and displays of farm produce, sale and auction of livestock from the imported breed of goat and their milk and meat to the sheep and pig variety.
There are animal pens for camels, ostriches, deer, llamas, alpacas and cows and depending on the animal’s busy schedules, a greyhound racing.
But, there is teaching on the importance of food for the animals and not just the animals as food.