Avilon Zoo

Satellite picture of Avilon Zoo in Rodriguez, Rizal

If you’re in the Metro Manila area and you want to go to a zoo that’s newer than Manila Zoo and bigger than Malabon Zoo, you should try Avilon Zoo. This 7.5 hectare zoo is found in Rodriguez (formerly Montalban) in Rizal and is less than an hour away from most parts of Quezon City. Avilon Zoo first opened in 2003 and currently boasts of over 3,000 animals representing 350 species according to their official website. (The website is on a free hosting domain—they spent millions developing a zoo but they don’t want to spend on their website? Bad marketing.) Update: they now have a proper website on their own domain. Yay!

Anyway, the entrance fee is 208 pesos per head and is free for children 1 year old and younger. Senior citizen discounts are also available. If you want, you can either go around the zoo on your own, or you may avail of the paid tours (P350 for a whole group of around 20) conducted by professional tour guides who are trained all about the zoo and the resident fauna. Tours start every hour and last about two hours. You can bring food, but eating is not allowed during the tour. There’s a “pit stop” halfway through the tour, in the zoo’s pavilion, where you can eat and rest for a while (there’s a lot of walking involved). Picture taking is highly encouraged.

Photo of a resident puma at Avilon Zoo.
Photo by JM Abania.

Avilon Zoo is owned by the husband and wife team, Jake and Teena Gaw. From the feature article about the zoo in Manila Bulletin, we learn that Avilon Zoo started out mostly as a hobby by Jake—he loved collecting animals. Their White Plains home in Quezon City turned out to be too small to house their menagerie (including a lion!) and so they bought property in Rizal. Eight years of construction and further animal acquisitions later, the Gaws finally opened the park to the general public.

Among the animals you can see there are swans, lions, tigers, kangaroos, crocodiles, eagles, hawks, flamingos, ostriches, lizards, jaguars, monkeys, tarsiers, and hundreds and hundreds of fish. One nice thing about the zoo is that the animals are in their “natural habitat.” Avilon Zoo reportedly has the distinction of being the first zoo to breed Gray’s Monitor lizards, not yet an endangered species, but is listed as vulnerable.

I first heard about the park when I watched a feature on it on Net 25 about 2 years ago. My sister has already been there and she said it was great.

To learn more about the zoo and to see more pictures, a Google search always helps.

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March 26, 2007
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  1. janine wrote on October 5, 2007 @ 09:28AM

    hay.. d aq nkasama sa fieldtrip oct.04. 07…..

    peu mganda pla hehehe…

    ilove animals..

  2. Eugene wrote on October 9, 2007 @ 07:06AM

    @Janine, ako rin, hindi pa nakakapunta. But you can go there on your own in the future. It’s quite near.

  3. Lopez,Joyce wrote on October 13, 2007 @ 09:25AM

    Very interesting zoo!lots of animals to enjoy with.Sna magkaroon n ng mga new attractions of animals like giraffe,hippo,elephants etc.

  4. Marie wrote on April 16, 2010 @ 09:46PM

    Hope to visit Avilon soonest, thanks for posting

  5. Boracay Resorts wrote on May 6, 2011 @ 01:50PM

    San po ba yung Avilon Zoo na yan, chaka may bayad po ba pag nag punta dyan?

  6. charity ruiz wrote on June 7, 2011 @ 01:31PM

    I been at avilon zoo last 2006.. i hope to visit this place again… yoooooooooooooooooooowwwhhhhhhhhh..

  7. trisha wrote on December 21, 2011 @ 07:33PM

    Is there an elephant in this zoo??

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