Roaring Summer at Zoobic Night Safari

Philippines
March 22, 2016 / By / 17 Comments

As the jungle gate opened, our safari jeep, filled with excited and daunting screams, slowly entered the forest. Moonlight guided us and when it looked like the wild was empty, the tigers just suddenly appeared from somewhere. I saw those glowing eyes, looking straight back to me as if asking me, “What in the world are you doing here?!”. In split seconds, they all began chasing our ride, jumping in our window like wanting to stop us. This was the closest encounter I had with these creatures and I had Zoobic Night Safari to thank for this roaring experience.

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Zoobic Night Safari

Located at the Subic Bay Freeport’s Forest Adventure, the entire Zoobic Safari covers a twenty-five hectare land serving as natural habitat for a wide array of animals. For the Tiger Safari, a two-hectare enclosed area was dedicated where nine fierce but beautiful tiger creatures wander. And guess what, to add twist to the usual tiger safari tour they have, they are bringing back Zoobic Night Safari for summer!

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Zoobic Night Safari Tour Experience

An enclosed safari jeep with a capacity for about 12 visitors where a maximum of three people can sit in a row was used for the tour. The narrow space of the customized safari jeep made it much thrilling because you’d definitely feel the aggressive presence of the tigers.

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If you’re a bit afraid, better take the middle seat because the tigers will come jumping the window grill. And yes, they even climb at the top of the safari jeep!

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It was my first safari tour experience at night and it was just differently awesome and unforgettable! The roaring sound the tigers made was like music to my ears – scaring and thrilling me at the same time.

Feeding the Tigers

For around PHP200, visitors can buy a raw chicken that will be fed to the tigers. But a designated trainer/guide will be the one to actually feed the them. Buying the tigers some food will entice them to come near and play around your safari jeep.

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“How old are they?”, I interestingly asked. “Three!”, exclaimed our tour guide. The tigers can survive around 25 years in captivity with proper care and an estimate of a shorter 20 years into the wild.

Zoobic Safari

Before our Zoobic Night Safari tour, we walked around Zoobic Park. It was like a short trek where we saw a combination of exotic, wild and semi-domesticated animals in their simulated natural habitat.

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I’ve been to a number of animal parks already but I’ve never done it during the night. I never actually imagined myself walking in a forest at night! This was another first for me. It was definitely amusing with me being paranoid at times with the peculiar nature’s sound competing with my slightly faster heartbeat (Yeah, I am not that brave, hmp!).

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By the way, you’re allowed to take selfies with the animals (they won’t mind, haha).

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Serpentarium

Serpentarium is also one of the attractions of Zoobic Safari. We saw here various species of reptiles including snakes and lizards. There were turtles, too!

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Zoobic Cave

Additionally, there were two caves we visited. The first one houses a rare collection of preserved dead animal bodies. I can say it’s one of the most interesting caves I had ever seen.

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The second cave required us to cross short, wooden bridges where crocodiles can be found at the bottom.

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Animal Photo Op

Another cool thing you can try at Zoobic Safari is a photo op with animals – specifically snake and tiger! Just remember to bring extra courage with you.

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Zoobic Night Safari Fire Show

Also especially offered with the Zoobic Night Safari is the Fire Show. The entire program is actually composed of a combination of different performances.

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My personal favorites (and I think the rest of the crowd as well) are the Animal Parade and the Fire Dance.

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Fire Dance

Traveler’s Tips

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  • Zoobic Safari is roughly a four-hour drive from Manila and you can opt for a day trip to visit it.
  • There are other attractions that Zooobic Safari has that were not mentioned in this article, you can refer here for a complete list.
  • You can choose to avail their EZ card so you can earn points and get discounts. The card is valid in all Zoomanity Group parks including Zoocobia Fun Zoo and Clarkzilla in Clark, Residence Inn in Tagaytay and Zoocolate Thrills in Bohol.
  • Get 10% discount when you purchase tickets online.
  • If you’re going as a group (10-15 persons), you can avail Zoobic Safari’s day tour package which includes transportation and lunch (please visit their website for complete details).

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Zoobic Night Safari 2016

Zoobic Night Safari tour is available from March 19 – May 28, 2016, 5PM onwards. Fee is PHP695 for adults and PHP595 for kids.

How to Get There

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Disclosure: I attended the Zoobic Night Safari Press Conference and Tour courtesy of Zoobic Safari. Nevertheless, I wrote this article with my own insights influenced by my personal experience. 

Zoobic Safari

Admission Fee: PHP545 (Adult) | PHP445 (Kids)
Contact Details: (02) 895-7142 | 898-3695 | 899-9824
E-mail: info@zoomanity.com.ph

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17 Comments

  1. Michelle says:

    Ok this looks like FUN! I would be so scared of the Tigers coming up to the jeep but what an awesome experience to be that close to them. That snake you took a photo with was huge! I’d love to visit here! I swear I will get to the Phillipines one day!

  2. Kat says:

    The encounter with the tiger sounds exciting and scary! I didn’t know Zoobic night safari has the jeep feature. Looking forward to seeing how the tigers are fed if I ever get to visit this in the future. 🙂

    • Yes they have a tiger safari tour using a customized jeep. The night safari tour is usually offered during summers. But the tiger safari day tour is available all year round 😁

  3. Madz says:

    What ab exciting experience! I’ve never tried being in a jeep near tigers! I don’t know if Imissed can handle it!

  4. Marge Gavan says:

    I’ve never tried a safari tour before, I’d probably be scared and excited at the same time. I mean you get to see tigers up close and all! Now I have to find someone to go with me!

  5. ROBERT LEE says:

    I am missing something here. The ride, does it like take you to areas where animals roam freely? Also, there are nocturnal animals, how do they react to light? Of course they are lighted so visitors can see them…

  6. Sonnie says:

    I may be missing something, so if I asked a stupid Q, just let it slide. But why visit place at night when people can have a better view at day light?

    • For me, the thrill is different at night. Haha. I guess this is also an additional option for those staying overnight in the place. It can also be good for those who wanted to escape the intense summer heat (they only have the night safari during summer).

  7. I’ve been to Zoobic, but I haven’t tried their night safari tour yet. If I’m thinking correctly, I think this was inspired by the Singapore night safari. Until what time is the Zoobic night safari open?

    • Yes, that was what I also thought of. That it was inspired from Singapore Night Safari which I always wanted to visit. But yeah, I’ve never been to SG so I was glad they introduced the night safari. I’m just not sure til what time the night tour is.

  8. alison says:

    How fun! I love different perspectives of animal life so seeing them at night would be really interesting. But there is something about night and the dark that does make it super scary. I think I would love/hate being on the outside of the jeep but it is just a once in a lifetime experience.

  9. Klaudia says:

    A fantastic post ,amazing photos ! I believe , that this was a great experience , but why a night ? Why in the dark ? I would be scared ( LOL ) I really enjoyed a entertaining piece of reading , thanks a lot !

  10. Raffa says:

    You look a bit nervouse in the snake photo, haha! But you know what? I have a picture with a jiboia and I look terrified, so…! hahaha

    • I was very nervous hahahaha. I was holding the head/neck part of the snake and it just kept on moving towards my face even if I was trying to move it away. Hehe. But the guide was very helpful in assisting us 🙂

  11. Macy Santos says:

    Wow- I never realized that there is so much more to Zoobic. I am not sure about the night safari trip with the tigers- I have reservations about this being an animal lover I don’t feel like stepping the line of coercing the poor tigers to interact with visitors- I don’t feel its appropriate in my opinion. I’ve been zoos in Tokyo and recently in Singapore Zoo and I think they treat animals better there.

    • I’ve never been to zoos in Tokyo and Singapore but I think they do treat the animals well in Zoobic Safari, not only the tigers. 🙂 They were even doin some efforts to breed rare animal species in the country.

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