It was Christmas when my cousin, Ariane, decided to spend our time at the Davao Crocodile Park. Despite the park’s name, there are different kinds of animals that can also be seen there including the Philippine deer, lamb, turtle, orangutan, bearcat, warty pig, paniki, and some endangered species. We availed the package deal which allowed us to marvel at the Davao Crocodile Park, Davao Butterfly House, and Tribu Kamindanawan. The package is priced at P200 for adults and P100 for children (entrance fee included).
Davao Crocodile Park can be considered as a zoo, but it is actually more known for their state of the art crocodile farming system in the Philippines. I don’t know what that means exactly, but as far as I can see, the animals kept there seem to be well fed.
I know there are more faces in the photos than shots of the zoo, but I just really forgot I was going to blog about my visit to the place. So, I apologize for the photos. I also forgot to take pictures of the amenities because I enjoyed being with my cousins and niece so much. I only remembered that I was supposed to blog about my mini adventures when we had visited Eden Park last December 26. It’s funny ‘cause we were to return to Manila at the same day. So much for hoarding useful photos for my blog.
I wasn’t able to take a photo of the snakes curled up on tree branches, because the glasses were not cleaned from the inside. So, I just took a photo of its statue. Forgive me. It was nice to witness the snakes change their skin. I also find it amusing to see how they start moving when I try to copy their moves using my hand. Incredible!
Look at that, a yellow crocodile!
Rabbit(s) that you can touch.
While we were approaching the ostrich area, we saw a horde of Manileños feeding some ostriches. This came with a fee, and I already forgot how much it is. Some of them were screaming, because the ostriches were hungry and they seem to have become quite aggressive. However, they did say that the ostriches’ beaks did not hurt them.
This is pangil, the crocodile who has been featured in several TV shows here in the Philippines. Pangil was a little mischievous. Want to know why? Check this video.
My favorite – tiger! It was pooping when I took a photo of it. You can also feed and take a picture with it for a fee.
There was a host in the crocodile park which reminded me of Kim Atienza who offers different trivia about various animals. Here’s what he told us:
- Hornbill – it’s the only bird that has eyelashes. Plus, when it loves someone, he or she will remain loyal – in other words, hornbills practice monogamy. They very good vision which allow them to catch food thrown in the air. It’s actually true, we were able to witness it!
- There was this one bird specie (I forgot its name, sorry) which was truly amazing. Birds of this specie can play basketball, know how to segregate biodegradable and non-biodegradable items, and can drive a bike and a scooter. These birds are from Australia and they are already endangered. They are so adorable and stout, in my opinion (or maybe they look that way because they have white fluffy feathers).
- We had our very own Pangil encounter. Pangil is the largest living crocodile in the country. It gave us a free, unwanted shower as you may have seen in the video above.
- Did you knoooowww? Crocodiles gape because that is its way of releasing heat from its body since they do not perspire. Also, the most expensive part of their skin is the skin at the bottom of its body.
5. Next crocodiles are fed by a keeper. It is quite scary to look at since the crocodiles seem to be so strong. It’s a good thing they’re only baby crocodiles.
6. Want to see how a crocodile dances? Look!
Last, but definitely not the least, a man crossed a rope while crocodiles were waiting for him on the ground. Let’s see how he fared.
Next, we went to Davao Butterfly House. It is 200 meters away from the Davao Crocodile Park. When we arrived there, the butterflies were not as many as I expected. The reason why is because a guy was catching the butterflies to be used for a wedding ceremony. How romantic!
While going back to Crocodile Park, we saw this Farmville House. The kids loved it, so we still managed to stay there even if it was already 4 in the afternoon.
We headed to Tribu Kamindanawan after that. There, we were able to see native houses. Unfortunately, I was not able to take photos of the houses. Nevertheless, we still took pictures of the musical instruments they have. The kids were already playing the instruments for a while when the guard told us that playing the instruments was not allowed in the place. Haha!
There were also souvenir stores around the area. Many goodies to be found there!
We enjoyed the place for almost 4 hours, and then we hailed a cab afterwards. It is far from the city, but Davao is traffic-free so we didn’t worry much about the cab fare.
With this trip, I can truly say that I’m a kid at heart!
Riverfront, Corporate City, Diversion Highway Ma-a, Davao City, Philippines
Phone: (082) 286-8883 or (082) 286-1054