Clark Field Educational Tour: Zoocobia & Paradise Ranch

I consider being a full-time mom to be a privilege. And one of the perks is that I am able to participate and be involved, whenever I choose to, in my children’s school activities.

Aside from the kids’ special programs and school events, what I really look forward to are their exposure trips.  No doubt, such trips are great learning experience for the children and bonding opportunity with their parents (if they’re allowed to join), aside from building stronger friendships and camaraderie among the students.

Usually, school field trips are confined within the city proper. Luckily, my son’s school decided to go for an out-of-town excursion to Clark.  It has been almost 12 years since I last went to Clark in Angeles City, Pampanga. You can say I was more excited to go on this day trip than my kids! 

Our itinerary included visiting three sites in this former U.S. air base — view the first part of our trip here.  Let me now continue the photo essay with our third and final stop of our educational tour.

Third stop:  Zoocobia Fun Zoo and Paradise Ranch

After our cultural tour of Nayong Pilipino sa Clark, we then proceeded to Zoocobia Fun Zoo in Paradise Ranch where we also had a quick lunch break. Check out the billboard below for the zoo’s many attractions.

Upon our arrival, we were greeted by the personable tour coordinators. Packed lunch of fried chicken, veggies and rice were then distributed as part of the tour package we have availed. The receiving area and dining hall have limited tables and chairs so some groups waited for their turn to eat at the hay-covered grounds.

The covered court featured colorful hanging (stuffed doll) monkeys, and the sides were lined with aquariums that housed turtles and baby crocodiles.

The students just can’t wait to finish their meals and hurriedly ran to the open fields and playground facing ‘The Barn‘.

From the playground, we walked uphill to find these large ostriches. Please excuse the photo as one of them surprised us…just as I clicked, it pooped! (“,)

Since the group was big, I believe half of the us were exploring the grounds on our own.  So there were several other bird species that we missed at the ‘Birds of Paradise‘ area, and more animals at the ‘Menagerie‘.  But I made sure we went inside this small aviary with dozens of friendly and hungry budgies and parakeets (?).

You have to pay 20 pesos (P20) to enter and feed them, which includes a tiny pack of bird seeds.  I took this photo of my co-parent while the birds swooped down instantly as soon as she opened her palms. Amazing!

 

My self-proclaimed brave boy backed out at the last minute so it was just me and my precocious little girl who took the “challenge”. As I recall, we fed them sesame seeds. Upon entering the large netted cage, these lovely colorful birds quickly flew around us and pecked away. 

Eventually, our seeds ran out and the girl got a scare when she was still being pecked on the hand and shoes. When we were exiting, “Look…look mommy, a bird, a bird”, she shouted while pointing to my bag.  I found this cute blue-and-yellow fellow hanging on for a ride and almost got out.  I just pointed and clicked really fast without looking as I stole this shot (below, right).

Don’t ask me where this maze will lead to.

Back to ‘The Barn‘, we were greeted by an assortment of “domesticated” animals that guests can feed for P20 per bunch of leafy kangkong (water spinach), grass, or bottled milk.  Yes, there were small bottles of milk (baby bottles) for those who wanted to give the kids (baby goats) a drink.

This dromedary camel looked soooo familiar…(a brother from another zoo perhaps?)

The boy and the girl took turns feeding these friendly barn animals with a bunch of grass they asked me to buy.  After a few seconds, there was nothing more to give.  Before I could say ‘sorry, no more‘, the kids were smart enough to salvage all the greens that scattered on the floor and continued with their “feeding spree”, much to the delight of the hungry mammals.

Meet Victoria, the alpaca, up close and personal.

Apart from the meet-and-greet with the zoo animals, we were delightfully entertained with the Zoocobia Fun Show featuring these smart, dunking monkeys, and the circus acts from a pot-bellied pig and a skateboarding toy poodle. Cute and funny!

After the fun animal show, the whole group was then brought to the ‘Butterfly Kingdom‘. The curious bunch of kindergarten and prep students were shown a brief presentation of the life cycle of a butterfly, complete with an actual live pupa and caterpillar being passed around for them to see and feel!

After visiting the zoo, everyone settled in the function hall where our facilitators conducted fun games for the students. By this time, my boy was already restless and itching to go home, so we opted to roam around and explore the property.

Zoocobia Fun Zoo is situated within the expansive Paradise Ranch which is actually an environmental and wildlife preservation site overlooking the Sacobia River and Mount Pinatubo.  A project of the Philippine Children’s Fund of America, this park also aims to support the indigenous Aetas whom they employ as well.

Aside from the wildlife sanctuary, Paradise Ranch boasts of amenities ideal for retreats and vacations such as villas and cottages, conference halls, swimming pool, rafting and fish feeding, among others. 

It was already late in the afternoon when we left the ranch. Of course, a trip to Clark would not be complete without some duty-free shopping, so before heading back to the city, the group was given some time to buy some goodies to take home at Puregold Duty Free center.

Though it was a long hot day, this was not just your ordinary field trip. I would consider this a day of environmental awareness and wonderful discoveries for the DML Montessori students, sisters and us parents. In line with the school’s Race to Recycle project, we hoped the kids have learned to appreciate what nature has to offer and how to take care of our environment through this very educational nature trip.

HAPPY EARTH DAY!!!

Click here for Part 1 of our field trip at Air Force City and Nayong Pilipino sa Clark.

Check out our other amazing trips to the zoo:
Paradizoo, Tagaytay City
Ark Avilon, Pasig City


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Update as of January 2011:


For interested parties, please contact the ZOOMANITY Group (see numbers below) which manages Zoocobia in Clark, as well as Paradizoo and Zoobic.  
I hope they will be able to address all your inquiries regarding the fees and venue details.
Thank you for dropping by and hope you enjoyed this post  (“,)
 

ZOOCOBIA Fun Zoo 
Ticket Price:  P274.00 (kids below 3 ft. Free)
By Zoomanity Group
3/F Yupangco Building     
339 Sen. Gil Puyat Ave., Makati City, Philippines
Tel. Nos.: (632) 895-7142; 898-3695; 899-9824; 899-9595
Mobile: (+63) 917-8351111
Fax: (632) 899-9829



Paradise Ranch Nature and Conservation Park

Sacobia Valley,
Clark Special Economic Zone
Philippines
Tel. No.: (045) 8898245 to 48

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32 Responses to “Clark Field Educational Tour: Zoocobia & Paradise Ranch”
  1. nice place, although very similar to tagaytay's paradizoo. still, can't wait to bring my kids there when we visit family in pampanga.

  2. Mom-Friday says:

    Tina – you are correct, Paradizoo and Zoocobia is run by the same Zoomanity Group so they have similar animals 🙂

  3. Divina Pe says:

    Sounds really fun. I should visit with my family soon. Thanks for sharing this.

  4. looks like a very place to take the children. will try to remember this place next time we're on holidays there. regards.

  5. Mom-Friday says:

    Divina: It's just so hot walking around the ranch, but it's a good cultural and nature trip.

    Kristine: It really is a very interesting and educational trip for the family. Thank you for dropping by 🙂

  6. Anonymous says:

    how much is the entrance fee?

  7. Mom-Friday says:

    Anon – I failed to inquire about actual fees since we are part of the school tour with a package fee of P775/head (includes all entrance fees, bus ride, packed lunch). But I believe it is less than P100/pax only.

  8. kristine says:

    thank you for posting these wonderful photos! You know I only live outside Clark, like 5 minutes away from the main gate, but I've never been there! My daughter and I are definitely dragging my hubby's butt there tomorrow.

  9. Mom-Friday says:

    Kristine – thank you 🙂 wow, it's so near your place, I'm sure you'll have a great time with your family there, have a fun weekend!

  10. vivapinay says:

    Wow you have a lovely kids.. I am trying to buy tickets for Zoocobia now.. there is an offer from http://www.buyanihan.com..

  11. Mom-Friday says:

    Viva – thanks! hope you enjoy your trip there! 🙂

  12. Anonymous says:

    Good evening ask ko lng po how much entrance fee and kung pwede magdala food and kung may place to eat…thanks

  13. Mom-Friday says:

    Anon – Not sure about fee but Vivapinay shared a site offering a promo: http://www.buyanihan.com
    Part kasi kami ng school tour kaya iba ang bayad and kasama na ang packed lunch sa package fee namin. We just brought snacks and water kasi may “food court” sila doon sa Paradise Ranch.

  14. Anonymous says:

    ung ostrich umipot… ^_^

    -jaja

  15. Mom-Friday says:

    Jaja – oo ng, nahuli mo rin ha, lol! 🙂

  16. Anonymous says:

    may i know if we could just go there like a group of 10 adults and 5 kids and how much is the entrance fee? we would like to go there this sunday sept12 its my son's 7th bday kc. can we bring food as well? we want a different knd of celebration sana…please reply asap ao we can plan pa po..tnx God bless

  17. Mom-Friday says:

    Anon – we went there as part of the tour kasi, so the fees and food are inclusive of our package fee. But I think you can go there naman straight. And since you're in the Clack base area, kung hindi kayo matuloy sa Paradise Ranch, you can also go to Nayong Pilipino sa Clark.

    To be sure, it's best if you can call Paradise Ranch directly:
    (045) 889-8245 / 46 or email them info@paradiseranchclark.com

  18. lemina05 says:

    Very detailed account on the field trip. nice & interesting! Nobody does it better—you're like a tour guide…congratulations!

  19. Mom-Friday says:

    Lemina – Thank you! 🙂

  20. Chris says:

    thanks a lot for this.. im actually planning our next field trip and this seems a nice place to go to.. do you know if this is near fontana?

  21. Mom-Friday says:

    HI Chris!
    This is really a fun place! I suggest you combine the tour with Nayong Pilipino sa Clark, which I also featured in Part 1 of this trip. It is in the same Clark Field compound. Sorry don't know the directions to Zoocobia so better call here:
    For inquiries please call Tel. Nos.: (632) 895-7142; 898-3695; 899-9824; 899-9595
    Mobile: (+63) 917-8351111

  22. Anonymous says:

    Hi! Just want to confirm the fee because my son's school is also going to the same destination even the tour bus. Is it really just P775 including packed lunch? because the school's charge for this tour is P1000+ each. Thanks

    Beverly

  23. Mom-Friday says:

    Beverly – yes, our tour with DML school was at P775 per head for this whole tour, bus ride and 1 simple lunch at Zoocobia.
    My guess is the price differences may be due to: – different tour agency fees
    – school mark-up or additional fees
    – tour rate increase
    – less number of people joining from your group
    Hope this helped 🙂
    Thank you for visiting my site!

  24. Amy says:

    Hi! juz want to make it clear…is Zoocobia inside the Paradise ranch?? and by da way, you have a wonderful and perfect shots ha?? you can become their endorser na!hehehe…

  25. Mom-Friday says:

    HI Amy – yes, Zoocobia is in the Paradise Ranch property.
    Thank you for your flattering feedback 🙂 Oo nga e, I feel like an endorser while answering many inquiries on this post, :)))

  26. mitch says:

    Hi, this is Mitch of buyanihan.com! We feature different deals every week. Hope you guys can register in our website. – 09175953120

  27. Anonymous says:

    hi, this is marj.tmorrw is my daughter's bday and i wanna bring her to zoocobia,is it it open tmrrw? and how much is the fee..tnx in advance.

  28. Anonymous says:

    you haven't tried the gravity car. it's amazing. I just rode there a while ago.

  29. Anonymous says:

    hi , 2m is my mother's b-day and we want to visit the zoocobia , is it open 2m and how much the fee ??????
    thanks :))

  30. Mom-Friday says:

    Hi (anonymous reader)!

    It would be best to call Zoocobia Fun Zoo to inquire 🙂
    You can find their contact numbers above, at the end of the article.
    Hope you have fun on your mom's birthday!

  31. khyutee says:

    i also wanted to go here however i dont own a private car so im not sure which bus line have a trip that passes by here…

  32. Mom-Friday says:

    HI Khyutee:
    You can inquire travel by bus at the Zoocobia office, with numbers above, I'm sure they will help you on travel arrangements.

    Buses that ply the SCTEX (Subic-Clark-Tarlac) will surely know where Clark Field is since it's a popular destination.

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