Calauit Safari Park is your side trip when going to Coron. Check out this article to know more of what Busuanga, Palawan can offer.
There is more to Busuanga Island in Palawan than the island-rich town of Coron. When one’s finished with beach bumming and trekking on stunning rock formations, a perfect way to get closer to nature is by spending a morning in the wild.
Situated at its north-western coast is the 3, 760-hectare Calauit Safari Park in Calauit Island. A home for hundreds of endemic and exotic species, the park is a vast land of greenery surrounded, with animals like zebras and giraffes roaming around it.
It is nothing sort of what we usually see in zoos where lonely animals are chained and confined in cages. In here, you see them up close—a couple of meters away, of course (you don’t want to get kicked and crush your bones), feed them with grasses, and observe how they enjoy roaming free.
Calauit Safari Park: A Slice of Africa
In 1976, the Kenyan government called help to conserve their part of wildlife during their civil war through the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Then President Ferdinand E. Marcos initiated to adopt the animals—consisting of giraffe, zebras, gazelle, and antelopes—and transfer them to the Calauit Game Preserve and Wildlife Sanctuary. Later on, the sanctuary was renamed to Caluit Safari Park.
Today, it houses 25 giraffes, 36 zebras, nine bush backs, Elan, waterbucks, fresh water crocodiles, phytons, civets, and more. Hundreds of endemic Calamian deer which can only found in the Calamian Group of Islands can also be seen around the safari park.
Caluit Safari Park is raising African animal and Palawan endemic wildlife species as it continues to preserve the entire sanctuary including coastal and marine resources. It also eyes to be developed as an education and conservation center in Asia and as tourist destination.
The Calamian Deer
The Calamian Deer is an endemic specie in the Calamianes Island Group in Palawan. Its habitat is in the grassland and are predominantly grazers. They normally rests in the hotter part of the day and roam around at dawn and dusk. They prefer food such like grass, leaves, fallen flowers, and fruits.
Calauit Safari Park Entrance Fees
Foreigners: Php 400.00
Filipino: Php 200.00
Educational Tours: Php 50.00 (from Calamianes) and Php 100.00 from other places
Foreigner: Php 10, 000.00
Filipino: Php 5, 000.00
For more information, contact:
Mr. Froilan Patero Sariego
Have you been to Calauit Safari Park too? How was your experience? Let me know in the comments!