Tuesday, April 9, 2013

A day at Ninoy Aquino Park & Wildlife Center with the little one

9 April 2013. Metro Manila.


Quezon Avenue had its usual volume of cars but it's hard to imagine the busy road located right along the park when you're surrounded by the birds, and the bees, and the flowers, and the trees. Located right smack in the center of the city, this forest of sorts carries an appeal to children and adults alike. Joggers are sure to consider this a slice of jogging heaven in the city with its paths covered by trees. Although the area is quite vast, strolling it is a breeze, thanks to the canopy of trees. The area map displayed meters away from the people entrance informed me that there is a lot to see in the park, but I didn't want to explore with the little one in tow, so we contented ourselves with the lagoon and the wildlife rescue center.


The lagoon was a surprise, with its beautiful landscape. This is probably the most beautiful attraction in the park. At the other end of the bridge are cottage-like structures on stilts which may be rented for events. We walked in circles trying to find the wildlife rescue center, and the search led us to the other end of the lagoon. Yes, there was a map but I'm poor at reading one. Upon inquiry, we turned around and searched for a building with a pointed roof because behind it is the rescue center. From the people entrance, facing the bust of a laughing Ninoy Aquino, turn right. The wildlife rescue center opens from 9 o'clock in the morning until 4 o'clock in the afternoon. We were thirsty, the rescue center was still closed, so we allowed our feet to take us to the food area where we beat the heat with yummy ice cream.

I always say people entrance because there's another entrance for cars at North Avenue. The people entrance is located at Quezon Avenue. We paid Php10.00/person for entrance.

It was time to commune with the animals.


Majority of the rescued animals are birds of various kinds, and colorful feathers. There are phytons, and crocs, and a few other reptiles, but majority were birds. The star of the show, however, were the tigers who had their own baths to beat the unusual heat. Zac, though, was enthralled by the crocodiles. No matter how we build up the majesty of the tiger, he always turns around to gaze at the lowly crocodiles.

According to the map I had difficulty deciphering, there's still a lot to see at the park. We'll do the other attractions on our next visit.

Until his next adventure...