Another road trip we had in Vigan, Ilocos Sur is the Baluarte. This is a private mini-zoo owned by Gov. Chavit Singson. This zoo has different kinds of animals collected by Gov. Singson from other countries.
Visitors can start with visiting the rows of cages where they can see lions, Bengal tigers, peacocks, civet cats, iguanas, pythons, reptiles and birds.There is a butterfly farm, a track for horse riding and a skeet shooting range. In this part of the Baluarte, people will also be able to see the Philippine cloud rat, a nocturnal animal endemic to the Philippine Cordillera region. This very large rodent is an herbivore and hunted by large birds and local people.
From the caged animals, visitors can move on to the fenced areas where they can visit and feed the monkeys, swans, flamingos, ostriches, albino and spotted deer and the one-hump camel. Children are allowed to sit on top of the bigger animals, but if they really want to ride, they can go to the tracks where they can ride the miniature horses.
For a closer encounter with the animals, visitors may choose to visit and feed the parrots and hornbills that are placed in a more open area where visitors can openly approach them with bananas and seeds. There are also scheduled show and tell times when audiences are introduced to the animals.
An added attraction is the butterfly garden where one can observe thousands of butterflies, some endemic to the Philippines, or have a more serene interaction with an animal species.
Welcome to Baluarte, where a dinosaur will welcome you.
Surprised friend with a dangling snake on her neck.