Tuesday, 30 October 2018

PETTING ANIMALS AT ADVENTURE JUNGLE - PICNIC GROVE



For our last and final stop at Tagaytay, we went straight ahead to Picnic Grove, one of the most famous places to bring your family on weekends in Tagaytay.  Inside the Picnic Grove complex is a small petting zoo called Kinder Zoo Adventure Jungle located at Barangay Sungay East-End, Tagaytay City.  In order for us to visit the zoo, we needed to pay separate entrance fees, one for Picnic Grove and the other one for the Adventure Jungle Zoo.  Entrance fee for Picnic Grove costs 50 pesos each.  Parking fee is 35 pesos for vans and cars, 100 pesos for buses, and 50 pesos for jeepneys which you can pay later at the cashier near the exit, while the Adventure Jungle tickets sells for 100 pesos each.




Children below 2 yrs. old get to go in for free. They usually give a 10% discount for groups of 20 and above.  Adventure Jungle is open everyday even on holidays.  Upon entry, you have to pay for the tickets, and if you wish to leave the zoo and plan to return on the same day, your hand will be stamped and you must present the ticket upon reentry.  Bringing foods and drinks are not allowed inside the park.  ( Yes, even water is not allowed.)  Upon entry, we were first welcomed by the reptiles.  Here, the kiddo is holding Kiwi, a green iguana.  He is so cute and friendly.  Did you know the iguanas are vegetarians?


Next, we took pictures with Lily, the resident donkey.  Lily is a Jerusalem donkey.  She has a cross on her back and is believed to be the breed of donkey that carried Jesus into the city on Palm Sunday.  Jerusalem donkeys are believed to bear the cross ever since.  Lily is very gentle and you can even pat her head and touch her.


Next, we took photos with Janet, a gorgeous gold and blue macaw.  Janet likes the camera so much, she is always ready to pose.  When in the mood, raise her wings up, bob her head up and down, and will even let you take a closeup snap.  The little kid really loved her colors.  You can also pet Janet as she is very, very friendly.  She somewhat reminded me of Blue from Rio.


Then, it's my turn to take a photo with the Rufous Hornbill, also known as the Philippine hornbill and locally as kalaw.  I forgot its name, but its colors are really beautiful.  It also has really long lashes and a bit intimidating stare. This type of hornbill is endemic to the Philippines.  Hornbills got this really bright red and white beak.  It also has this red thing on top of its head which looks like a cock's comb or palong.


Next, we met this sweetest little monkey.  They said she is a gibbon.  I even asked the staff its name but as of writing, I cannot remember her name.  She really loves holding my hands and is the sweetest little thing.  I'd say she's my favorite of all the animals inside the zoo.  She also swings inside her cage then makes this really cool at the same time weird noise that sounded like sirens.  I love, love her puppy eyes which made me wish I could take her home.  She seemed a bit lonely as she was the only one inside her cage, so when you visit the zoo, make sure to take time and hold her hands, she loves making new friends.


This time, we were back to the birds.  Our little kiddo tried holding one of those flying feathered friends.  This one is Sabrina, a really fancy name for a macaw.  She also has vibrant colors like Janet.  She has green, orange, red, and yellow feathers.  Like Janet, she is also very friendly and really loves the camera.


Then, there is this very pretty Muloccan cockatoo or salmon-crested cockatoo named Peachy, which matches her very light salmon pink-colored feathers.  Peachy also loves the camera and you are also allowed to takes pictures with her and hold her.  Peachy is also very playful and gentle.  This one is my second favorite.


Aside from birds, Adventure Jungle also has bearcats, a bearded dragon named Harley, and different kinds of ducks that your kids will surely enjoy.  Most of the animals are tamed and really know how to interact with humans.  Also, the staff members are only a kalabit away if you need anything.  They are always ready to assist and even take your photos.  If you also want printed copies as souvenirs, they are very happy to take snaphots then print it for you for a fee of 75 pesos per printed photo.


The photo above is a really funny photo I captured while the kiddo was playing with the tortoise.  I asked him to pose riding the tortoise, and as he was trying to ride the tortoise, it ran so fast apparently because he got scared and maybe thought he was being attacked by this red-armed-and-legged creature, that our little bunny was left behind.  The whole time he was playing with the tortoise, he was singing Blippi's tortoise song :)


One thing that surprised me the most was the bravery and/or innocence of my child.  He was really eager to pose to camera holding a ginormous snake!  I would not even dare but my kid was really excited and happy to hold the snake with his dad of course.  They even had a picture with a small crocodile.  Don't worry, the animals' mouths are taped in order for them not to bite, a little bit cruel, but I am sure that when there are no visitors, the animals can roam free and do their own thing.


After playing with and petting the animals, the kids were tired and even the moms, but it was really fun as the kids learned a lot.  They learned to appreciate the animals, the behaviors of each and every one, and how to respect and take care of the animals. 


After visiting the Adventure Jungle, we went ahead and took a peek at Picnic Grove.  We did not really spend much time as the kids were already tired and we were planning to go down to Nuvali after to have our snack so we just took some photos and visited the stores for souvenirs and and pasalubong.  Picnic Grove is still how I remembered it to be since our last visit way back 2010.  It still had those huts/cottages and grills where you can have picnics with friends and family.  It still had that cool breeze and a great view of Taal Lake.


One thing I noticed that was new was the plant stores.  they have ornamental, herbal, and fruit-bearing plants for sale similar to Mahogany Market.  I did not bother to ask for the prices though as I am sure it would be much higher as this is a famous tourist spot.


Picnic is also so much more than just picnics.  They have an eco-trail, ziplines, cable cars, horseback riding, and their newest addition, the Ferris wheel which is similar to the one at Sky Ranch.  Cottage rates range from 100 to 500 pesos.  Horseback riding is 150 to 200 pesos per hour.  Zipline ride costs 200 pesos on weekdays and 300 pesos on weekends (this includes a souvernir photo of your zipline experience).

I WANT TO GO THERE!



Picnic Grove is located at Tagaytay Picnic Grove Complex, Tagaytay-Calamba Road, Brgy. Sungay East-End, Tagaytay City.
Operating hours is from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
You can contact them at (+63) 0917 356 5171.

Kinder Zoo Adventure Jungle is located inside the Tagaytay Picnic Grove Complex
They are open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. everyday.
You can call or text them at (+63) 0917 381 8705 or message them at


Have you visited Picnic Grove? What are you fond memories of the place?  Do you like animals like my little one? What's your favorite?

24 comments:

  1. I don't actually agree with going to these kinds of things because animals should be living free. That said, looks like you had a great time with your kid! <3

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  2. I am so pumped to bring my little boy to places like this when he gets older. Right now he hasn't even popped out - but I have so many plans for when he does!

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  3. Lot's of cool exotic animals! Seems very interactive too, looks like a very fun experience!

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  4. I hope they are using rescued animals for the zoo. It looks like a nice experience for the kids and to teach them to take care of nature

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  5. Looks like an amazing place to spend the day with the kids. Love that it is interactive.

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  6. The place looks so amazing! Great for kids for sure.

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  7. I love being able to visit places where you can pet animals. This looks like such a fun place to visit with the whole family.

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  8. I don't know why, but I've always been terrified to pet animals that are confined to a place. Seems silly, I know, but I like to give them their space.

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  9. Aw, this looks like it was so much fun for the entire family. We loved places like this when the boys were younger.

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  10. Adventure Jungle sounds like a interesting place. i always have a friendly feeling with all the animals. Animals are awesome, thanks for sharing your experience

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  11. I'm always so torn about visiting Zoo's ... I have done several times but I always feel a nagging "should I be supporting this" feeling and I suppose it comes down to the type of Zoo. Is this one a rescue? I know in a lot of cases now they're dedicated to rehabilitating animals that have been injured rather than keeping them from their natural habitat.

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  12. Tagaytay is really a nice place to visit most especially if you want to see a beautiful views and want to relax Tagaytay City have it all.

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  13. This looks like it was such an incredible experience! I love that you were able to have bird land right on you... how incredible!!

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  14. Geraline Batarra31 October 2018 at 23:34

    Such a nice place and it sounds like that you are really having a great time with your family.

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  15. As an animal lover and a veterinarian Picnic Grove Adventure Jungle is a place I definitely would love to visit. I would be fine with petting the birds and donkey. Not so much the reptiles

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  16. OMG! Peachy is beautiful! it's so nice that you get to experience these things and meet so many amazing animals.

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  17. All of these animals are so adorable and it looks like you had a lot of fun. I absolutely adore giant tortoises! I went to a zoo and saw one not that long ago and fell in love.

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  18. I love how interactive this place is. I am an animal lover myself and would be as gitty as school girl to be able to touch those beautiful animals.

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  19. I've never heard of a Jerusalem Donkey until your post! Looks like a fun family outing

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  20. That looks like a wonderful place to visit with kids. Your pictures speak for itself how much your kid enjoyed there!

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  21. What a family bonding. Gustu ku din pumunta ng Tagaytay lalo na Christmas season!

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  22. I love petting zoos. They fun and fabulous for people of all ages. Lily the Jerusalem donkey looks totally adorable :)

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  23. This looks so different now!! I remember having our field trips here when I was still in elementary. Oh how times have changed. It is still very beautiful. Definitely a place to see in Tagaytay, Philippines.

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