Category Archives: Nature and Animals

Paradizoo Theme Farm: More than a zoo, less than a paradise

Just two hours away from the busy streets of Manila lies a place where humans can interact with different farm animals, drink fresh goat milk, and walk in the middle of a beautiful garden filled with gorgeous flowers and butterflies. Paired with perfect summer sun and Tagaytay breeze, Paradizoo Theme farm is a place to reunite with nature and reconnect with that child in you.

Upon entering Paradizoo, we were greeted by their friendly staff who gave us a short introduction of what we’re about to experience inside the theme zoo. After paying the entrance fee of P299 each, we immediately began to explore the 7 hectares zoo and enjoyed different activities that made our tour really unforgettable.

First stop was the bird feeding station. It’s just crazy when the birds started flocking around us and crazily pecked on tiny seeds on our palm. I really love their shiny feathers and their tiny chirping voice but the sad part is, when you don’t have any seed on your palm anymore, they will start to ignore you and they’ll continue with their busy bird life. LOL. They’re just so cute!

Not too far from the bird’s cage was the home of the rabbits! We were given a basket of Pechay for the rabbits and as if expecting to be fed, they gathered around us and waited for a bunch of pechays to munch on. One of the cute little fella was very aggressive that he even chased the other rabbits to get as much food as he wants!

We walked some more and saw Camel, Horses, and deers. There were different trivia about the animals scattered in different parts of the zoo. Read those and memorize at least one so you can share it with your friends when you’re back from the jungle.

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An Intimate Encounter with Butterflies at Paradizoo Butterfly Garden

Just when I thought I’ve seen it all at Paradizoo Theme Park, we entered a little place that taught me a lot of things about butterflies and made me appreciate this little winged creature more. With the help of the owner and the staff of the Butterfly Garden, me and my partner had a little review of the things we learned during our elementary science class and had the most intimate encounter with this wonderful winged insect.

Upon entering the garden, I was immediately overwhelmed by the number of flying butterflies and their artistically colored wings. The crew later said that it’s more plentiful during other season but for me, it’s the most number of butterflies I have encountered in my whole life yet.

After some time, Sir Arbee, the owner of the Butterfly and Bee Garden approached us and started to share bits of information about Mariposa. He crushed a little flower to attract a butterfly to rest on his finger and encouraged us to do just that. After some time, my boyfriend and I also did the same thing and were very thrilled to have a beautiful butterfly right on our fingertips.

The owner said that there was a belief that you can utter a wish to a butterfly and will deliver it to the great heavens. The promises of love, life, and prosperity of butterflies have brought people to believe in their mystical power to grant a wish. So while the butterfly is busy sipping the juice of the flower on my finger, I uttered a wish then set the butterfly free again. What a pretty sight. 🙂

We also noticed a mating butterfly somewhere inside the garden. The staff said that it took the butterflies 48 hours of being connected with each other for them to finish their intercourse.

After few days, the female butterfly will look for a specific type of plant where she can lay her eggs. These eggs will later turn into caterpillar and will eat all the leaves he could muster until he can reach his desired age and size. He will then cover himself up and go into a hiatus inside a pupa until he’s ready to come out as an adult butterfly.

Once a butterfly was able to lay her eggs, she will later reach the final stage of her life cycle and die with her wings beautifully outstretched. They sometimes frame the dead butterflies and sell it as a souvenir or put it as a display.
Sir Arbee finished a bachelor degree in Entomology and is a bee farmer for almost 30 years. He is now busy teaching and supporting other bee farmers around the country. His passion and knowledge in Butterflies and Bees is really noteworthy, and it’s just amazing how he turns his passion into something that can really bless the world.

Raising and conserving butterflies takes a lot of patience and diligence but through experience and research, the owner of the Butterfly Garden in Paradizoo Theme Farm was able to create a haven for butterflies where kids and kids at heart can enjoy this intimate encounter.

Do you also love butterflies? Come and share your thoughts and trivia at the comment box!

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