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Calauit Safari Park

Part of the tour that we personally picked was Calauit Safari tour. As mentioned on my Coron travel guide post, tour started early. In fact, it was the earliest amongst the other tours – starting @ 5:00 AM. It was a 2-hr ride from Coron proper to Calauit, then another 15-minute boat ride for you to get to the Safari park.

Calauit island was declared as a game preserve and wildlife sanctuary way back August 31, 1976 during the Marcos regime. It was a response from the request of Kenya’s president to help save African Wildlife threatened by drought. They considered the island the best possible location due to it’s size and vegetation. According to our guide, the sanctuary was a closed to the public; only Malacanang VIPs are allowed to visit until recently, the government open the sanctuary for everyone wanting to visit. There were several animals relocated, although due to island’s vast size, it’s not possible to see every  specie. Giraffes and Zebras are a common sight for visitors as well as some animals that they put on pens for public viewing.

         

Animals were free to roam so you won’t be able to see them all. According to our guide, it’s best to visit early — giraffes were fed every morning so they tend to go on the feeding grounds by morning and would then wander off to the forest right after feeding. That explains why tour started early. Tourists need to be on a fenced ground to promote safety. Giraffes were gentle and adopted the environment with several tourists but they still kick once threatened/startled. There are some animals with purple marks — this is because of Gentian violet mixed with antibacterial solution to treat cuts the animals got while roaming the island. Due to their size, they tend to scrape on sharp branches, leaving cuts on some parts of their body.Aside from giraffes, there were Zebras on the island too. These zebras are Grevy’s zebras. Their specie is considered as the most endangered of the world’s three surviving zebra species. They were able to thrive well and increased in numbers however, according to our guide, they were not as big as the original Zebras on the island due to inbreeding.

The park was able to save Calamian deer, an indigenous wildlife named for the Calamian islands, the northernmost island cluster in Palawan province. There were only 25 left on the island when the park started a conservation effort in 1981. Currently, there is a thriving herd of more than a thousand of its specie.

Some of the Filipino species are kept in pens, for public viewing, like Porcupines, monkeys, python, and Civet cat.  Visitors are allowed to feed the the animals too.

 

Calauit Island is just one of the islands included on Calauit Safari Tour. We headed to two more islands right after the Safari Park. I am already flooding the post with lots of photos so we’ll have the other two on a different post. I hope the snaps would inspire your to visit Caauit Safari Park. 🙂 You may check my last post, Coron Travel Guide,  to see more details on how to book the tour.

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18 Comments

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    Louisa
    September 24, 2017 at 12:37 am

    Wow an honest to goodness safari in the Philippines. My youngest would love this. This is much more doable in the mean time until we can get to Africa.

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    Angelie
    September 23, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    This beautiful sanctuary is in the Philippines? I have to go!!! Too bad there are no elephants in there. I badly wanted to see elephants in their natural habitat. I am not sure if you are familiar with David Sheldrick Wildlife trust. They care for wild animals too, making sure that they are all safe and well. I fell inlove with elephants when I watched their videos on youtube. 🙂

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    Milton Coyne
    September 23, 2017 at 9:21 am

    wow.. i really want to see a giraffe!! The last time i saw a giraffe is when I was in kindergarten .. Manila Zoo used to have a giraffe but this one is different.. it is a safari and animals are like embracing their freedom in their natural habitat.. i didn’t know we have such here in the Philippines.. i will definitely include this place in Coron in my bucketlist cheers!
    thanks for sharing

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    Maaya
    September 21, 2017 at 5:25 pm

    This is a different adventure aside from the usual island hopping in Coron. The safari vibes is soo nice! The animals look friendly too. I do hope they can preserve this place and grow the number of the animals.

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    Siennylovesdrawing
    September 21, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    Wow! You had a great traveling for sure!wish I can visit this safari & had a up close shot with the giraffe too! I love giraffe. Love all your stunning photos shared here. Wish I can travel to this safari one day by myself to enjoy the animals accompanying;) cheers, SiennyLovesDrawing

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    Erica
    September 21, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    calauit safari park is always in the list of people who visit coron. and i completely understand why. personally, i prefer to visit animal parks like this because the animals are free. i feel sorry for those who are confined in cages in zoos.. though i like visiting zoos i must confess but good thing this park lets the animals roam around like they are meant to. btw did you feed the giraffe?

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      kris
      September 22, 2017 at 7:28 am

      Yes, tourists were allowed to feed the Giraffes and you can touch them while feeding, they don’t bite. Hehe!

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    Scenes From Nadine
    September 21, 2017 at 1:24 am

    I would love to visit the Calauit Safari Park! I’m an animal lover so it will be such a treat to see all these animals. The giraffes and zebras look so graceful and healthy. I’m glad to see that they are well taken care of. They have all that space to roam around.

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    Claire Santiago
    September 20, 2017 at 9:27 pm

    I would love to go on an adventure in this safari park to have a feel of Africa. I just hope the local government will continue to sustain the place not just for the benefit of having a tourist attraction but for the preservation of wildlife as well, for the next generation to experience how beautiful those creatures are.

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    Berlin | Momi Berlin
    September 20, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    Great adventure. I so love seeing different kinds of animals as well. And I love the most seeing them free to wander and not contained in one small cage or make shift house.

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    Amila
    September 20, 2017 at 10:10 am

    wow!What an adventure! How nice that you have photos with freely roaming zebras and giraffes! Safari experience is always different from a zoo visit.So far I don’t have safari experience.Would love to plan one!

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    Teresa
    September 20, 2017 at 9:56 am

    Wow! This is nice. I like that they let many of the animals to run free. Many of these animals could slowly deteriorate when put in cages. It would be an adventure to visit this place!

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    Mommy Queenelizabeth
    September 20, 2017 at 8:15 am

    I’ve always wanted to visit Coron.. i hope soonest! The view in Calauit with all those giraffes and zebras are amazingly beautiful! Looks like its not somewhere here in the Phils. My family esp.my kids will surely enjoy this Safari tour!

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      kris
      September 20, 2017 at 1:35 pm

      I was thinking of my nephew when I was here too. He’s about 7 he would totally love seeing the animals! 🙂

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    theresa
    September 19, 2017 at 4:57 pm

    I would love to see those animals for real. My family and I are planning to move out somewhere down from here and I think they have kangaroos there and zebras. Surely, I will enjoy those scene. It’s always fun to play with animals anyway.

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      kris
      September 20, 2017 at 1:35 pm

      Awwe! That’s exciting!

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    LaiAriel R. Samangka ( Thelittlelai: Beyond limits)
    September 19, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    Wow, you have shown us how beautiful this Safari park is through your stunning photos. I haven’t been here and just like you, I will surely enjoy the place. I like to be with wild animals as well, it brings to a different level of unique experience. Some of the animals you’ve seen are the animals that I actually wish to see in person. You’re so lucky to have seen them and even get closer to them. Thank you so much for sharing this with us. Will surely go here If I get the chance soon.

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      kris
      September 20, 2017 at 1:36 pm

      It’s worth it, Lai..:)

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