Paradizoo at Mendez, Cavite is not your typical zoo. This sprawling 10-hectare area is not just a haven for animals. There’s a botanical garden with an assortment of plants, too.
From the entire list of Bahay Kubo vegetables…
To organically grown greens…
And beautiful, colorful flowers in a well manicured garden.
These colorful flowers can be seen all over the zoo. Not only do they beautify the entire park… it amusingly also serves as an insect repellant!
Follow me as I enter the Animal Farm.
Upon entering, my daughter immediately bought a carrot stick (at Php10.00 per stick) to feed the rabbits…
…while the boys headed over to the birds.
You can even get some grass to feed the camels.
Paradizoo also has a Goat Milking area.
This is where they milk their goats to produce milk, cheese, skin care products and desserts like Goat Pastillas which we were able to try out. It was very delicious!
Some of the kind folks at Paradizoo also showed us the proper procedure on how to milk the goats. They even let one of the kids try it out. Sanitizing is of utmost importance before doing the milking process according to Paradizoo. Washing of hands and applying of alcohol must be done first.
Fun fact – Did you know that goat milk is the closest kind of milk in terms of similarity to that of a human’s? It is not acidic and is lactose free.
Just a few steps away is their very own Sheep Shearing facility.
Barely a stone’s throw away is the Honey Bee Farm where you can also buy a few products.
Look! A Butterfly Garden where you can actually enter and freely play with the colorful butterflies.
Another attraction are Greyhound dogs like the one my husband is holding. Did you know that the Greyhound is the fastest dog in the world?
You can even watch a quick 250-yard Greyhound race. Cool!
What also caught my attention is Paradizoo’s Pet Cemetery and Columbarium.
This is also open for public. Finally, we can now give our beloved pets a decent and proper resting place.
A bonfire area is also available for kids and groups… Whatever is burned, Paradizoo uses as fertilizer. Great idea!
If you are tired from walking around Paradizoo’s vast sprawling area, you’d be glad to know that they have a “Paradizoo Cafe” near the entrance.
Try their refreshing organic lemongrass tea served in a reusable glass.
Everyone in Paradizoo believes and live by the 4-Rs: Reuse, Reduce, Recycle and Respect.
We were fortunate enough to have met the owner and CEO, Mr. Robert L. Yupangco. Mr. Yupangco also joined us in our tour together with Chief Operating Officer (COO), Mr. Sid Laforteza and Engr. Grace Bondad-Nicolas. This photo was taken at Residence Inn, Tagaytay.