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“Unforgettable, but also poorly maintained.”
Review of Zoobic Safari

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Reviewed 27 October 2011

There is nothing that compares to watching a full grown Siberian tiger devour a chicken just inches from your eyes... or having a giant feline lie across your lap as you feed it from a large baby bottle. The tigers are the main attraction and nearly make you forget the shortcomings of the park. Be sure to have your camera ready as these untamed beasts of the jungle attack your cage, an orange jeepney. Feel their piercing stares and breathe in the same air these ferocious animal do. Take home a thrill you will long remember.
Another highlight is the crocodile pit. Look down through the steel grated walkway at snapping monsters only feet away as they await a meal. Let someone else buy the meal, a chicken and do your own snapping of pictures as the crocs leap high in the air in order to snatch the food from a fishing line.
There are few other pleasant surprises such as the tiny and colorful birds who will eat seeds out of your hands and a large camel that comes over to you if it feels so inclined.
As Zoobic Safari ages, the place loses some of its luster. What was once a second rate zoo has now deteriorated into a series of empty exhibits and it suffers from a lack of upkeep. In fairness, we visited a month or so after a typhoon did serious damage to the forest.
Get there in a Winstar van for 400 pesos a carload. We asked for a discount and paid only 350 that day. Adults pay 495 per person to get into the park. 50 pesos per person extra for the tram to see the tigers.

Thank onairbob
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Reviewed 15 October 2011

Groups of visitors will be assigned to one tour guide. We understand that there will be limited time to look and take pictures on the attractions. But the tour guide should ALWAYS check if the groups are complete before leaving the area and proceed to the next.

There's a part in the tour they call Close Encounter where you have to ride the Tram (P50/person) or you can ride on you own car. We chose to drive our car and follow the tram & other cars. We got to the lions' cage and parked at the entrance. But the exit is on the other side of the cages so we had to go back to the entrance to get our car. The tram left without us and when we tried to look for them, we realized that they were very far already.

- Just pay the extra P50 to ride the tram and less hassle
- Bring extra money (not just for the entrance & souvenirs) for the miscellaneous stuff to enjoy the tour. Like the tram; food to feed the tigers (without the food, the tiger won't go near the jeep); & food to feed the birds and have close encounter with them.

1  Thank blush18
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Reviewed 16 September 2011

We were visiting Subic Bay and decided to go to Zoobic Safari. We were glad we did, and not only did we go once, about a week later, we went again and brought about 10 of our relatives along with us.

When you arrive, you buy your tickets and go to an area that has a few tigers to look at. They will pair you off in groups, with not too many in each group. You do some walking, and then you will get on trams (which they do charge extra for) and go around to the different areas of the park.

The highlight is when you get in the jeepneys, and they take you into the gated tiger area. For a small amount, they will feed the tigers raw chickens through the bars of the jeepneys. Up close and personal, naman (for sure).

They have several hands on areas, the birds, the crocs, where you can feed the crocs too. Also an extra charge, for having a chicken hanging on the end of a pole. Quite exciting.

The guides are very friends and they provide a lot of information as to the animals that you see, camels carabao, snakes, pigs, and so many other animals in different environments. There are some native tribes guys who will do a dance, which is very enjoyable.

There are places to get bottled water along the way, as well as snacks and ice cream. Allow several hours as there are many habitats that you will go to. Very enjoyable, and we plan to go again

1  Thank TheChief_Theboss
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Reviewed 12 August 2011

We went with family which included an 18 month old toddler. We decided not to take our baby stroller (buggy) as we figured it might not be possible to push it around - we were right. If you do take a stroller there is somewhere to park it by the gift shop which is just across the road from the ticket office - and it will stay there for the rest of you time there.

We bought our tickets at the ticket office as we were getting a discount for locals (our family lives in Olongapo) which was only available on production of proof of residence. NOTE: booking online you can use a credit card, buying your tickets at the site is cash only (as at July 2011) - this caught us out but we had enough cash fortunately. The gift shop is cash only as well.

Our guide was very good, the only hold up was at the beginning as we waited for enough people to arrive to make a decent sized group. Our guide knew her job and had no problem changing the normal itinery to take account of the rain.
And it did rain! But it didn't spoil anything.

There's more than just the tigers here, they have lions which will soon have their own area to roam around in, crocodiles which you can feed, a zoo, a reptile centre and a display by the Aeta indigenous people, plus a 15 minute 3D movie which is actually quite good.

We also visited the Butterfly Garden next door. We went there about 10 years ago and its gone down hill a bit since then, but you do get a guided tour for 50 pesos. Maybe if more people went to see the butterflies there'd be more money for the upkeep of the place.
There is a good restaurant which serves good food and has high chairs for youngsters.

Its a fair way from the Freeport entrance so you'll need to drive or get a taxi. If you get a taxi you'll be wise to get his phone number for the return journey.

1  Thank Greshmeister
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Reviewed 17 July 2011

Went there about 6 weeks for 1st time, without realizing it i went there on a Saturday so got the full experience ( ANIMAL PARADE - BEST THEY HAVE THERE ) , The rest of tour was ok, I drove my own vehicle behind the train as wanted to have some comfort.

Went back again on a Friday as wanted wifes visiting parents to see the safari, upon entry after paying same amount as weekend , 40 + US ( 1700.00 + pesos ) for 4 adults,
found out that the animal parade was only on weekends ---- WHAT A TRUE DISAPPOINTMENT ! Only 3 tigers i saw in the front, i remember on the weekend there being alot more, GUESS DONT GO DURING THE WEEK.

The tour I felt was very quick and unemotional , the tribal dances should be longer, especially when they have a tip basket, the tiger ride i think for the first time is good, I didnt go on this one, but my parents enjoyed it .
All in all , i think they should accomodate their prices accordingly and the animal parade should be a daily event, I was so dissappointed when it didnt haappen, reason i took my family there, to see that especially.

5  Thank btv1234
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