CLARK FREEPORT – Clark Safari and Adventure Park finally had its soft opening last December 8, 2021, Wednesday, riding in with the recent decrease of COVID-19 cases and relaxed protocols, eyeing the return of visitors and guests who have been deprived of outdoor activities two years into this pandemic.
The 40-hectare zoological leisure park can accommodate up to 2,500 visitors who will enjoy learning and seeing more than 1,500 live animals and 70 animal species up-front.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony led by Clark Safari owner Romy Sitchon, Clark Development Corporation (CDC) Chairman Edgardo Pamintuan, and CDC President and CEO Manuel R. Gaerlan officially opened the facility.
They were joined by CDC Chief-of-Staff Dennis C. Legaspi, Engr. Mariza O. Mandocdoc, CDC Vice President for Administration and Finance; Rynah F. Ventura, CDC Vice President for Business Development; Thelma C. Ocampo, CDC Assistant Vice President for Investment Promotions Divisions I; and Erwin C. Bognot, CDC Manager for Building and Facilities Permits Division.
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The program includes a live orchestra performance that serenaded guests, including one hundred young Aetas who were able to circle the park’s complete 15-hectare Phase 1 area.
The zoo management ensured that essential health and safety protocols set by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) were observed and implemented.
Visitors to Clark Safari can expect thrilling activities in the zoo tour like animal feeding and spot photography with some tamed creatures. According to Sitchon, more activities are coming their way upon completing the zoo’s Phase 2: a theme park, safari rides, zip lines, and ATV rides.
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The zoo is open daily from 8 AM to 5 PM, including holidays, to people of all ages. Entrance fees are affordable, with rates starting at P399 for kids (four feet below) and P499 for adults.
Kids three feet below will be free of charge, while Senior Citizens and PWDs will have a 20% discount.
About P135 million worth of investments for the development of the zoo. Sitchon shared how delighted he is to finally welcome visitors and tourists to the Freeport’s newest attraction after a series of lockdowns delayed its launch.