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An Ark In The City

By: Nathalie Santos – Dayo

Yes there is an Ark in the city and the name is Ark Avilon.

The Ark
The Ark

This Ark is purposely designed to look like the biblical “Noah’s Ark” to serve the same purpose, to keep animals and care for them. Yes, it is a zoo in the middle of the city, located in Pasig City near the “village” of Tiendesitas.

The ark has two levels and has a collection of beautiful animals. The first level of the ark has glass “cages” big enough to hold not just one, but most of the time a pair of the creatures inside of it.

Belly scratch please

First up on the right side of the glass enclosures is this lovely looking tiger.

When we went there, he was so calm and a little bit of a show-off.

After running around and drinking from his water bowl, he laid down in the middle of his “lair,” belly up. He actually reminded me of my dog who likes his belly being scratched and lays down like the tiger.



Lizard Smile for the Photo
Lizard - Smile for the Photo

In the middle of the ground level are cages for lizards.

There were two types of geckos in the enclosure and I particularly found this blue gecko cute.

If you look at it closely, it looks like this cute lizard posed and smiled for the camera. Not bad for a lizard!

Walking towards the back of the Ark, we passed by other glass enclosures which held different animals including a lion in one and a pair of pumas in the other, who were so busy playing and chasing each other around their man-made cave.

What are you looking at?

What are you looking at?

We reached the back of the ark and we were amazed by what we saw!

There was a small but deep pond enough to fit a live alligator. We didn’t notice it at first because it was sleeping soundly right next to a log.

At the other side, there were ponies and an albino carabao. Then there were birds of different species which were not caged but only had a cord tied to their legs and secured on their perch. This owl was one of the “free” birds.

After going around the ground level, we decided to go to the second floor of the ark.

By the steps, we were greeted by the big aquariums and the different types of fish swimming in them.

At the second level, we were welcomed by big bird cages on the right side of the ark.


I’m Blue

I’m Blue

A good sized collection was there for everyone to see.

There were hornbills, cockatoos, herons and others.

It was such a sight to behold. For some, these birds may look like they were being held against their will and nature, but letting them out into the world may pose a lot more danger to these wonderful creatures because they just might end up being hunted illegally.

At the end of the Ark, we found other bird species roaming around freely. This one is a good example.

It stood there near the edge of the Ark, walking unmindful of people looking at it and taking pictures.

There were some sheep, goats, a porcupine and a pair of giant tortoises in the open area of the second level.

Looking out into the world
Looking out into the world

It was an enjoyable experience indeed. But for children, it would be much more enjoyable if they will be able to feed the rabbits and the guinea pigs inside the pen where they’re kept together and if they get to meet one of the main attractions of the ark which is a parrot named Narda.

The parrot understands people. I asked it to pose for me while I take pictures and it did! Marvelous!

The ark’s entrance fee is Php250 for adults and free for children should their heads not reach the counter top of the cashier.

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