October 05, 2011

Ark Avilon Zoo + Fun Ranch

A few weeks ago I researched places where we could spend our son’s 3rd birthday, his birthday falls on Tuesday so we only have one day to celebrate. If you’ve been reading my blog for quite some time now, you know that we are not into big birthday parties; a simple birthday celebration is enough.

I narrowed down my list to three choices.

1.       Enchanted Kingdom
2.       Ocean Adventure + Zoobic Safari
3.       Island Cove Resort

But none of these choices materialize because the weather is so unpredictable. I woke up early just to check the weather updates and there was no storm signal but there will be ITCZ so we just went to Ark Avilon Zoo. It is the only interactive indoor zoo in the country so rain or shine we can spend our son’s birthday, “Celebrating Wild Life”. Ark Avilon Zoo is the sister zoo of the country’s largest wildlife which is Avilon Zoo.

Ark Avilon Zoo is really small compared to Avilon Zoo; it took us almost two hours just to reach Ark Avilon Zoo but less than an hour to tour the place. Good thing that the place was not crowded, no field trips and birthday parties. But the downside is we were not able to meet other animal residents such as Brutus (miniature horse), Golem (donkey), and Selina (controversial Albino python). I am not sure if there are only days that you can see them so it is better to call the zoo to ask which animals are present for interaction. Anyway, Jenny (orangutan), Puti (eagle), and Narda (cockatoo) were there. Picture taking with the animal residents is free unlike in Avilon Zoo.

There are feeding stations and this is the best part of the trip, you can feed some animals but you have to buy food. I am aware that there is a price increase of some commodities because of Typhoon Pedring and Quiel but I was still shocked when I learned that 1 piece of carrot is P20 and 1 string of sitaw is P10. But because my son enjoyed feeding the rabbits and sheep, I did not mind the price.

There is a mini playground and art-making corner on the second floor where you can spend most of your time.

Foot spa is also free; do not ask me if it is hygienic, they just tried it for the sake of experience. But be sure that you have alcohol and hand towels to wipe your feet. I’ve tried this once at Manila Ocean Park and there is a fee of P100.

Frontera Verde Ortigas Avenue corner C-5
Pasig City, Philippines
Telephone No. 706-2992
Fax No. 706-2993
Email Address: arkavilonzoo@gmail.com

Entrance FeeRegular Rate: Php 300.00/ head
Kiddie Rate *: Php 200.00/ head
Children below 1-year-old

9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Weekends and Holidays:
10:00 am to 7:30 pm

Read: Trip to the Zoo

After visiting the park you can also explore Fun Ranch, there is no entrance fee but if you want to enjoy the rides, P50 per ride ticket, or P295 for a ride all you can.

God is so good for giving us good weather because it did not rain when we were in Ark Avilon Zoo and Fun Ranch. Happy 3rd Birthday Ethan!

Update: As per ABS-CBN article last June 4, 2020, Fun Ranch has decided that it will not reopen its doors after shutting its branches due to the Covid19 pandemic. Fun Ranch branches in Ortigas, Alabang, and Pampanga already confirmed their permanent closure.  


  1. Happy Birthday Ethan! God Bless you more baby boy :)

  2. Happy birthday Ethan:) I never been into this place and It looks fun. thank you for sharing the photos.

    And I could say that Ethan really had fun for it shows in his smiles.

    Congrats for having a cute little healthy one:)

  3. Your son had a blast sa birthday nya! Happy happy birthday Ethan! Wishing you more wonderful birthdays to come! God Bless!

  4. Happy birthday to your little boy! =)

  5. Happy birthday little boy! Thanks for the pics, Michi. I've been thinking of bringing the little one there for a while. Nde naman sya mabaho like in Manila Zoo? =)

  6. happy birthday ethan! matanda lang pala ng mga 2 mos si joaquim sa kanya :)

  7. thank you guys! =)

    @TAJ - hindi siya ganun kabaho compared to manila zoo na kahit sa entranc epa lang amoy mo na. =) hindi naman kami amoy animals paglabas. hehe!

  8. Belated Happy Birthday to Ethan! :) I saw Ark Avilon and Fun Ranch before while passing by the place but I've never been there. The place looks so nice! I'm sure children would love going there. :)

  9. Happy Birthday and thanks for celebrating your birthday with us.