Avilon Zoological Park is
one of the newest Zoos in the Philippines and is located in the province of Rodriguez,
Rizal and is around an hour's drive from Quezon City. Due to its far distance from major cities,
Avilon Zoo opened Ark Avilon in Metro Manila, which is like an extension of Avilon Zoo because
both facilities share and periodically exchange
Avilon is an eight-hectare nature reserve dedicated to the
preservation of the species' natural habitats and is landscaped
with individual enclosures for each creature. Avilon, so named for
“Aves” or Birds and “Lon” for Land, encompasses a wide range of
animals. However it is the presentation and ambiance of the zoo
which sets it apart from other urban zoos in the National Capital Region
Avilon's successful breeding of Gray’s Monitor Lizards, the first
in the world.
Entrance is about P208 and a tour guide costs P350. The tour takes
around 2 hours.
Animal Treatment and Preservation
Two Lions share a 3,000-square meter area filled with appropriate
foliage, while a rock garden provides shade and privacy for the
animals. A lily-covered moat separates the curving steel bar safety
fence and the lions’ den within.
A flock of Victoria Crown Pigeons, the world’s largest pigeons at
29 inches tall, flies within a 17-meter-high coop. Birdcages for
the Mindanao Hornbills and the arboreal Tree Kangaroos are also
For nocturnal creatures of the forest, such as Palawan Pangolin
, there is a section of the
zoo where flash cameras are prohibited, and lighting and humidity
conditions are carefully controlled. Orangutans swing through
strategically placed logs and ropes.
Malaysian Tapirs, Argentinean Capybaras, Canadian Bobcats, Burmese
Rock Pythons, Tarantulas, Tortoises and Tigers share the sprawling
facilities with species endemic to the Philippines such as Palawan
Porcupines, Luzon Cloud Rats and Mindanao Hornbills. Of the more
than 500 species in Avilon, half are indigenous to the
Beyond teaching and promoting wildlife appreciation, Avilon
endeavors to conserve and breed endangered endemic animals, such as
the Mouse Deer, Civet Cats, Palawan Badgers, Philippine Pond Turtles
Philippine Sail-fin Lizards.