Another adventure Sunday with Dream Team!
It was a great Sunday morning when we decided to visit the Safari. Situated in a 100-hectare land owned and managed by MLhuillier (one of the biggest pawnshop in the Philippines). Located at the north side of Cebu – Toril, Carmen, Cebu and will house some uncommon animals like Lions, Giraffes, Tigers, Orangutan, Birds-family and a lot more. It is one of the biggest zoo in the Country.
Not just that because they are still on-going with the construction of their nature adventure rides like zipline, skybike, obstacle courses and other outdoor activities. Aside from adventure, they also have a wide garden of orchids/flowers in one area of the safari.
How to get there (Our own experience):
1) Ride a bus at North Bus Terminal in Cebu City (going to Carmen). Fare is P60.00/head and approximately 2-hour ride from Cebu to Carmen.
2) Inform the Driver to drop-by Carmen National Highschool (going to Safari).
3) Ride a habal-habal (motorcycle) from Carmen National Highschool to the Entrance of Safari. Fare is P60.00/head and motorcycle can accommodate up to 2 passengers. Approximately 30-minutes ride from the Highway.
There will be other option in going there. You can ride their shuttle service. Shuttle service terminal is located at Carmen Public Market (just inform the bus driver).
Entrance Fee: P800.00 (inclusive of Lunch)
Kids 3-feet below will have a 50% discount
Kids 2-feet below is FREE
Note: Reservation is needed when visiting the place since they are not yet fully open for public/walk-ins. They offer Senior Citizen and PWD discount.
Wednesday to Sunday
8:00AM to 5:00PM
(last entry/ticket selling: 2:00PM)
List of Animals:
Victoria Crowned Pigeon
Goura Victoria – Comes as a commemoration of the former queen, Queen Victoria of England, and considered a very beautiful pigeon. Originate from New Guinea, and have a diet of seeds, figs, and invertebrates. It is also the largest species of pigeon in the world as it can grow up to 74cm long.
Great White Pelicans
Pelecanus Onocrotalus – also known as the eastern white pelican and breed in southeastern Europe through Asia and Africa. It usually live in swamps and shallow lakes. It is very sociable animal and form large flocks. When it flies, it became an elegant soaring bird and a sight to behold.
Dromaius Novaehollandiae – second largest bird you will see on this planet. Can weight up to nearly 130 pounds and can also reach a height of 5 to 6.5 feet. It can survive for long periods without food by using the stored fat as an energy source when there is little food around.
Cygnus Olor – known as the elegant bird featured in Russian ballets and European fairy tales, the beautiful White Swan. It is entirely white as an adult but when it was younger, it was dusky brown-gray all over its body. Its kind has big appetites and they eat a lot. Usually feed on underwater vegetation in the shallow waters. Its characteristic to mate for life with one partner and stick with this partner has earned its reputation of being the symbol of love all over the world.
Struthio camelus – Ostriches are the largest bird in the whole world. It is also the tallest and heaviest bird in the world. An Ostrich can grow up to 9 ft. all and can weigh up to 350 pounds. Ostriches cannot fly instead they run. An ostrich can run at speeds of 40 miles per hour and its eye is bigger than its brain. Ostriches have been on earth between 70-120 million years. They live between 50-75 years. An ostrich’s powerful, long legs can cover 10 to 16 feet in a single stride. It only kicks forward. They kick so hard that they can kill a predator by kicking them. Their eggs weigh 3 to 5 pounds, that’s about as much as 12 chicken eggs. A male ostrich is called a rooster and a female ostrich is called a hen. Ostriches don’t really bury their heads in the sand. They do lie on the ground and stretch their necks out to hide when trouble appears.
Blue or Indian Peafowl
Pavo cristatus – The male peafowl is known as a peacock, India’s national bird, while the females are called peahens. The beautiful colored tails are famed for are characteristics of the male peafowl, the peacocks, and the colors always look different with every change in angle due to the reflection of light on it. The colorful display is a way to attract females for mating purposes.
Cygnus Atratus – a large water bird known as the black swan. Can grow up to 1.3 meters and are the only species of swan that is entirely black. You can usually find its kind in lakes, swamps, and rivers in the Southeast and Southwest region of Australia. They are the official birds of Western Australia and are featured on the flag and in the coat of arms. There’s an interesting fact about them. When they find their mates or partners, they stay with them for life. Its nests for its eggs are then built either on the ground or floating on the water. A young swan is called cygnet and are very aggressively and fiercely protective of the older swans.
African Crowned Crane
Balearica Pavonina – an African Crowned Crane comes from Eastern and Southern Africa. It makes home in the Savannah, freshwater marshes, wet grasslands, as well as the edge of lakes, ponds, and rivers. It has a diet of an omnivore which means it eats grasshoppers, flies, millipedes, crabs, as well as grass, seeds, soybeans, and corn. They are majestic birds despite being one of the smaller crane species as it stands about 95 to 105 cm tall. Their breeding display involves dancing, bowing, and jumping. Scientists consider them to be “living fossils” among cranes since they can survive the ice age.
Blue and Yellow Macaw
Ara ararauna – a bird native to the jungles of Central and South America. Its diet is mostly made up of seeds, nuts, fruits, palm fruits, leaves, stems, and flowers. It has a large and powerful beak that can crack nuts and seed easily, and have toes with special grips on them. This allows it to easily latch onto branches and hold items.
Ara macao – a large red, yellow, and blue South American parrot called the scarlet macaw. When it is in the wild, it lives in the evergreen forests of tropical South America. Loves to eat fruits, nuts, and seeds. In captivity, it can live up to 75 years but usually have a lifespan that can last up to 40 to 50 years.
Eudocimus ruber – the national bird of Trinidad and Tobago and very sociable bird. It usually travel, live, and breed in flocks. They live in colonies that are generally made up of about 30 birds. Sometimes, for protection, these colonies will swell up to a thousand. Its diet is mostly made up of crustaceans, insects, mollusks, tadpoles, small fish, and frogs.
List of Animals:
Panthera tigris – The tiger is the biggest species of the cat family. A male tiger is called a Tiger. A female tiger is called a tigress. A baby is called a cub. Tigers can run up to 40 miles per hour and jump 16 feet high. They are the 3rd largest land carnivore (meat eating) in the world. Polar Bears are first and Brown Bears are second. Tigers like to hunt at night. They have excellent eyesight for catching prey. Tigers like to sneak up on their prey, they watch it then sprint to catch it. They bite their prey throat or back of the neck to kill it. Unlike other cats tiger like the water. They like to live by water. Tigers can swim up to 4 miles. Like our fingerprints no two tigers have the same stripe pattern. Not only are tigers fur stripped but their skin is stripped too. Mother tigers give birth after approximately 100 days. A mother can give birth to 1-6 tiger cubs. Usually they have 2-3. White tigers are very rare. White tigers are born with a gene that causes them to be white. Only 1 out of 10,000 tigers are born white tigers. A group of tigers is called an Ambush or Streak.
Lama Glama – a llama is one of the cutest, cuddliest and well-loved animal that is adored by many. They have a fine undercoat and this undercoat is used in many forms such as in making garments and various handicrafts. You can find them in North America and usually residing in the rocky mountain areas.
Giraffa Camelopardalis – the tallest mammal in the world. A newborn Giraffe will reach a height of 5.6–6.6 ft tall! Giraffes came from Africa and mostly live in Savannahs, grasslands, and open woodlands. Giraffe is a herbivore animal and its long neck helps them to eat the leaves from tall trees. They have long tongues as well, around 20 to 21 inches long, and no teeth at the front their top jaw. This helps them rip leaves from branches. Did you know though that in one day, they only need 5 to 30 minutes of sleep and they usually do it by standing?
Kobus ellipsiprymnus – quite common in the woodlands and savannah areas all over Africa. Its kind usually cohabit in herds of 6 up to 30 animals. One male waterbuck is always present to defend the territory. From its name, they have a very close connection with bodies of water; They love to live near water as it is useful to them when they try to escape from a whole bunch of predators. Its diet is made up of grass, leaves, soft shoots, and shrubs mostly. They also drink water several times a day.
Equus quagga – There are three types of zebras in the world: the mountain zebra, the Grévy’s zebra, and this kind, the plain zebra. They are known for their stripes which help them camouflage in the long grass. Their stripes are also unique to each zebra. They are a very fast moving creature and can reach a speed of 65kmph when galloping. Its kind, along with blue wildebeests and other antelopes, go on a 1,800-mile migration between the Serengeti in Tanzania and Kenya’s Masai Mara to search for food and water.
Connochaetes taurinus – Did you know that Wildebeest are part of the family of antelopes and one of the largest antelopes there are? It can reach up to 8 feet in length, 4.5 feet in height and weigh up to 600 pounds. It has a mane like a horse and curved horns. They are known to be odd-looking and male counterparts have been dubbed as “clowns of savannah” as they have a weird behavior during mating season.
Lemur Catta – a type of primate known as prosimians, primates that are at the highest risk of extinction. They are nocturnal creatures and its name, Lemur, is Latin for “spirits of the night”. It originates from Madagascar and usually live in dry scrub, deciduous forests, montane humid forests, and gallery forests. It is an omnivore and they eat fruits, vegetables, and insects. There are many different species of lemurs like the Alaotran Gentle lemur, Aye- Aye lemur, the Indri lemur, the black and white ruffed lemur, and the red ruffed lemur. This is a ring-tailed lemur. Its tails are often longer than its bodies, and it also has pseudo-opposing thumbs and long toes. Socializing is a huge part of the family life for lemurs.
Suricata Suricatta – You can call them a “mob”, “gang”, or a “clan”. There can be as many as 50 of them. You can usually find them in places that have clumpy grasslands or deserts, but it originates from South Africa. It eat insects. There’s a lot of amazing things about Meerkat too. They are good at digging, and it used its tail to balance when they’re standing upright. They have great vision and can spot predators in the air from 300 meters away. They are immune from certain types of snake and scorpion venom.
Celebes Crested Macaque
Macaca nigra – lot of names like Black ape, Celebes crested macaque, Celebes ape, Celebes macaque, and more. Its skin and hair are jet black, and the males in its group have small buttocks that are heart-shaped. Meanwhile, the females have large buttocks that are round and deep pink in color. You can usually find them in the northeastern part of the Indonesian islands in the rain forests there.
Crocodylus mindorensis – a freshwater crocodile in the Philippines, it has different names depending on where you are in the country. In northern Luzon, it is called the bukarot while in general, it is known as the buwaya. It is also known as the Mindoro crocodile. A fun fact you should know is that I swallow or ingest stones so I can control my buoyancy. It may seem strange but this is how I survive.
TURTLES | HYENA | KANGAROO | CHEETAH | SMALL MONKEY (not tarsier but it is really small) | ORANGUTAN and many more…
CEBU SAFARI AND ADVENTURE PARK POLICIES (from their website)
Cebu Safari is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for everyone – guests, staff, volunteers and our animals. We ask that you respect and observe the following park rules and policies.
- Children 12 years of age and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
- Keep fingers and hands away from enclosures or fenced areas.
- Always remain behind protective barriers.
- For the safety of our animals we ask that you DO NOT feed them unless they are in designated feeding areas.
- Avoid knocking on glass windows or throwing things at the animals to get their attention.
- Please refrain from using selfie sticks near the animals as they might mistakenly see it as food.
- Please walk along designated walk ways. No running inside the park.
- Do not sit, lean or go over the fountain fence and climb on the animal sculptures.
- DO NOT throw items or coins in any open water. Absolutely no swimming.
- Outside food and drinks are not allowed inside the park.
- Smoking and E-cigarettes are strictly prohibited inside the park.
- Please leave your pets at home, we don’t allow pets in the park or in your vehicles.
- These items are also not allowed inside the park: drones, balloons, bicycles, roller blades, hover boards, skateboards, scooters, deadly weapons, drugs, alcohol and any other noise makers.
- DO NOT pick flowers or step on the plants.
- Deposit trash in designated bins.
- Wristbands must be worn at all times while inside the park.
- Solicitations of visitors or selling of items is prohibited within the park grounds and its entrance gates.
- Cebu Safari and Adventure Park reserves the right to close some attractions due to inclement weather conditions for the safety of the guests, the staff and the animals.
- FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS OF OUR STAFF AT ALL TIMES.
- Please be advised that Cebu Safari and Adventure Park Staff reserves the right to escort any groups or individuals who are acting in ways deemed harmful to our animals or park, or that impinge upon the enjoyment of the park by other guests.
To answer some frequently asked questions, please read carefully:
1. Are we officially opened?
– Not yet, we are still in our soft opening stage.
2. What are the pre-opening days?
– Wednesday, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.
3. What are the operating hours?
– We open 8am up to 5pm but last entry/ticket selling is up to 2pm only since the tour requires at least 3 hours to complete.
4. What are the rates?
– Admission is P800/head, kids 2-3ft are 50% off while kids below 2ft are free of charge. Senior Citizen and PWD discounts are available.
5. What are included in the admission fee?
– For the mean time we give free one set lunch meal.
6. What are the attractions that can be seen in the park?
– What we offer are the beauty of nature by showcasing flora and fauna and the majestic mountains of Carmen.
7. How can we get there?
– Once you hit the National Road in Carmen, look for the Carmen, National High School. Turn left if you came from the south and right if from the north, follow the road signs and you will reach our place after 8kms. of up hill climb. You can also use Google Map or Waze by looking for M Lhuillier Cebu Safari.
8. Do we need a reservation to visit or we can just walk-in?
– Better to have a reservation to guarantee your slot. At the mean time we are limiting our visitors to just 2,000 per day, if you walk in and we are already full, we will not allow entry.
9. Where can we make our reservations?
– Email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your dates. We don’t accommodate reservations via cellphone or this facebook account, just email us.
10. How long before we can get confirmation of our reservation?
– We process email request first in, first out and we are getting hundreds of emails per day. So please be patient.
11. How can we make payment?
– Once booking is confirmed, you will receive an email for the payment instructions.
12. Can we bring food and drinks inside the park?
– Sorry, but we don’t allow outside food and drinks to be brought inside the park. Don’t worry, there are food outlets around the park.
13. Do you have transportation service from Mandaue, Cebu City or Carmen National Highway.
– For the mean time we don’t have yet but we are already talking to some private groups to address that. Better to bring or rent your own private vehicle service to reach us.
14. Are the adventure rides already open?
– Not yet, we will make an announcement once the adventure rides are already available.
15. Do we accept credit cards?
– For the mean time, we only accept cash.
I hope this answers all your questions!
Thank you and see you soon in the wild!
Reservation (email to): email@example.com
Book Your Safari Trip Now!
1. Kindly send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for reservation. Your email should include the list of Complete Name of the visitors.
2. You will receive an email from us with following instructions:
a. To deposit the entrance fee to a certain BPI account
b. To send the photo of your deposit slip to lock your reservation
3. Please make sure that you follow all the instructions given for your reservation.
All thanks to God for His provision. Our tour here was good as free because of our recreational budget as Top Team for the month of April. It was such a great [whole] day of fun and nature-adventure. All glory to God!
Also, a big thanks to Reymart of RMB Design Studio Photography for our awesome pictorial with the animals and entire Safari Adventure. All of my photos here were captured by RMB.
For more photos, visit my flickr
Travel buddies: Darwin, Gretchen, Venice, Reymart, Liam, Gherson and yours truly – Chaliebee (until next time).
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