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“Too expensive and poorly maintained”
Review of Zoobic Safari

Zoobic Safari
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Reviewed 7 November 2011

The place is divided into 2 parts, the walking tour and the riding tour. The walking tour comprises porcupine, deer, birds, goat, reptiles, civet cats, etc while the riding tour comprises seeing tiger in the wild (main attraction) and in cage, boars, crocodiles and ostrich.
The part I like most is the riding tour seeing the tigers standing and leaning against the closed jeepneys while being fed by passengers.
The part i don't like is the other animals in cages/aquariums/fenses as many of these areas are small for the animals to roam around (tiger in cage, snakes in aquariums, etc) and others are also poorly maintained (rabbit, carabao, hamster, etc).
Another thing i don't like about the place is it's all about fees. We are asked to choose between riding our own vehicle to go around the riding tour or take their tram which costs P50/head. since we didn't know what to expect (I myself thought that the private vehicle would be driven even inside the tiger safari area) thus, we are left with no option but to take the tram eventhough it was expensive. The tour guide didn't not explain to us in detail what this riding tour is all about and that we will change to the closed jeepney for the tiger safari tour and that our cars will be safe. We were 10 paying passengers, so we were ripped off with P500. The tour was just a short one. There were only 4 stops. I felt P50/person was too much and besides it should have been included in the entrance ticket. The tour guide kept on urging us to buy the chicken to feed to tigers. When our group didn't want to buy he said, we would not see anything if we didn't feed the tigers. It would just be an ordinary jeepney ride, we would not see anything. Anyway, we still didn't buy. P200 was too expensive. We were still able to take pictures of tigers leaning against other jeepneys as they passed. Another thing i didn't like about the tour guide was that he told us the whole tour was going to be 2 1/.2 hrs but less than 2hrs we were already done. As he was guiding the walking tour, I felt he was in a hurry. He kept on walking and talking, not giving guests time to pose and take a picture with the animals. Then after the tiger safari tour, he didn't give instruction as to what we are to do... wait for the tram which took about 10-15mins aside from the waiting for the first tram ride (another 10-15mins) after the walking tour to shift to the riding tour. So imagine, there was 20-30mins idle time included in the less than 2 hrs tour, so what remains is about 1 1/2 hrs.
I really felt short changed. The entrance fee of P449 was not worth it. The other zoo in Montalban is much better. The place is really big and the animals have ample space to roam around and it is very well maintained plus the fact that we are able to take pictures with some animals like the orangutan, pony and snake take pictures without any additional fees and it's only P300. I'm not in any way connected with this zoo. I'm just a satisfied guest of that zoo and very dissatisfied guest of Zoobic. I hope that they would improve on their service to people and to the animals and not treat this as pure business.

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Reviewed 1 November 2011

Don't forget to bring a bottled water, fan, food and towel with you. Make sure yo have an extra battery for your camera. You will be grouped with other visitors and will be asked for your group name.

Thank ping_07
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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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