December 21, 2013 – For our 1st tripcation mania, we visited the Paradizoo Theme Farm first here in Mendez, Cavite. I heard of this farm before and many people that I know already went here with their family and kids, for the info that I gathered, I learned that this farm is also a mini zoo and garden. Kids can interact with the farm animals up close and personal, they can play with them, ride on them and also feed them. There’s a tour guide in every farm cluster at Paradizoo, they know everything about the animal and also they teach parents and kids on how to feed them and how we benefit from them.
We didn’t used our private vehicle in going to Paradizoo, at first I’m not confident in going there via public transport, after googling and reading some blog post, I didn’t even read a bit of info on how to commute going there in Paradizoo. So me and my wife decided to try going there via jeepney, and thanks to the jeepney driver for giving us an accurate info on how to commute going to Paradizoo.
So here’s a travel route and commute tips to Paradizoo Theme Farm.
1. If you are in Tagaytay City, or at Olivarez terminal, just ride any Jeepney or Bus with “Mendez” sign board, jeepney fare is Php 13 each person
2. Inform the driver to drop you off to Paradizoo, it’s a left turn road going to Paradizoo and minutes before the town proper of Mendez. Or tell them that you’re going to Anuling or Maglabe drive.
3. At Maglabe drive, look for the tricycle terminal and ride one trike going to Paradizoo, it will be an up and down hill ride and minutes drive to Paradizoo. Trike fare is Php 30 in one trike.
4. Going back to Tagaytay is just simple, just ride the trike again from Paradizzo and then drop off to Mendez and ride the Jeepney with Olivarez terminal signboard.
Entrance at Paradizzo is Php 150 per person, and kids can enter for free if they are under 3 feet. They also offer ticket packages worth Php450 ( I think) you can use the ticket pass to enter Residence Inn zoo at the end of Tagaytay road going to Nasugbu, its just a 20 minutes jeepney ride from Paradizoo and Tagaytay City proper.
Here’s Lace and Ashton…. finally in Paradizoo. Its our first time here and all of us are so excited to meet the farm animals. In other country, they call this petting zoo, or petting farm.
Not just a farm or zoo, they also sell veggies and farm animals.
The entrance gate at Paradizoo.
After paying the entrance fee, a local tour guide showed to us the map of the farm. There’s the farm animals area, garden area, planting area, the butterfly farm and honey bee farm.
My son Ashton is so excited and he left us along the way and proceeded to the farm’s playground.
Mom and dad photo op time! hahhaah
It was near 12nn when we arrived here in Paradizoo, I told my wife that we should eat lunch first before we explore the entire farm.
They have a café inside Paradizoo Theme Park, they offer some light snacks and rice meal.
Its an open air resto with roofing. The fun part here is that some of their farm animals enter and roams around the café.
Inside Paradizoo Cafe
Here’s a grumpy male turkey roams around together with his 3 lady turkeys, there are also chickens and some birds dropping by
Baby Ashton enjoying his bottled water hahahah.
For first timers, I suggest you bring your own food and also water.
Its windy and sunny that day, my wife bought this hand wooven hat, and she makes fun of me by placing it on my head and taking this funny photo.
We ordered some rice meals – it’s a lechon kawali with rice and a cup noodles.
Here’s the lechon kawali rice meal.
sa panahon na ito..panalo at pwede na!! tastes okay naman
Time to eat!!
We met a dog named Columbia, it’s the Paradizoo resident dog, he stands next to me while we eat our lunch, I gave him some fried pork and I learned that Columbia the dog is so obedient when there’s food given to him.
Family photo op muna before the farm adventure!
Our first farm animal meet and greet is with that small horse or a pony. Then we went into the farm animal holding area and we paid Php 10 for a chicken feeds. A farm tour guide assisted us for the chicken feeding activity. Its funny that my son threw the feeds on the ground, and then we taught him how to feed the chickens properly by going inside the chicken cage.
After the chickens, we paid for another Php10 for a slice of carrot, here we fed two fat rabbits
Then we paid Php 25 for a set of lettuce, we used it to fed two deers.
its fun to see deers here in their farm. And I’m glad that the animals are healthy and fat here in Paradizoo, not malnourished or sick, because according to some old blog post and reviews that the farm needs some rehabilitation, but it seems that the farm is doing well this December 2013.
We met also the happy and sad goat
Spotted a bin full of duck or maybe chicken eggs
This white cow got 5 legs! wow!!!!!
Here’s mommy Lace tried the goat milking session and ohhhh there’s Ostrich too and also camel here in Paradizoo
lots of goats and a nice garden view
We went to the garden area to check out the veggies plantation, our son Ashton is so excited to walk up in the hill and he walks way ahead of us and threw up some tantrums because we are walking so slow haaha.
nice flower arrangements and Ashton’s came down after an up hill climb
Coladilla family!! at Paradizoo theme farm
Mommy Lace showed our son Ashton how tomatoes grows and their appearance before harvest
Veggie garden area
Paradizoo offer a camp site and also a venue for events
Ashton took this photo – he said that he’ll took pics of the mountains and a butterfly
aha!!! spotted a toy store inside the garden area
more pics at the garden, you can also ask for some activity like try plant some seeds or water the plants
Lettuce garden area
After the garden area, we visited the butterfly farm here in Paradizoo theme farm, I can say that we super enjoyed the view here and also the interaction with the butterflies and lecture from the farm tour guide. He educated us about caterpillars and butterflies, and we even inquired about that large green caterpillar that ate up our plants with flowers at home, the butterfly expert said that the caterpillar with double size of a finger could be a Mariposa butterfly – the largest butterfly.
Here’s a caterpillar and the grown up butterfly.
The butterfly expert shared to us that this kind of caterpillar is safe to touch, its hair doesn’t irritate a human’s skin. The caterpillar with hair pins also called as “higad” or itchy worms, are not butterflies, they are a species of big moths.
check out this time lapse video of a caterpillar becoming a butterfly
link: - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUBRFQMMp9w
Here we found a pupa of a caterpillar, the expert told us that the pupa is in good shape,its hard shell acts as a protection from predators and this is like size of a pendant. The silk is still intact and the expert told us that the pupa is healthy and they will keep this to their pupa nursery, they will just attach a string to the end of the silk to hang it on a dry branch inside their nursery.
Ashton so amazed to see lots of butterflies inside this butterfly farm
Butterflies average lifespan is 2 weeks or less, they will just eat some nectars and then mate with their opposite, the mating of butterflies last up to 48 hours. They hang each other for 48 hours, the female carries the male while on mate mode. And then the female will lay eggs in clusters in some parts of the leaves of a plant, and then moves on and then it dies.
After the butterfly farm, we went to the honey bee farm.
I didn’t got a nice photo of the bee hive and the glass view of the bees in action. My son got tired that day and we call it a wrap.
Pagod na si baby Ashton hahaha.
Its more fun here in Paradizoo theme farm, I didn’t expected that its fun here and I saw that my two love ones really enjoyed it. We will go back here after a year to check out more upgrades and also an annual routine for our outdoor adventure.
Paradizoo Theme Farm