Let’s Get Wild in Coron Palawan

Ever dreamed of going to a Safari tour in Africa? What if there’s a place in the Philippines that you can visit and you won't have to spend a fortune nor fly so far to Africa? Yes, there is such a place and it exists in Coron, Palawan.

On August 31, 1976, under Presidential Proclamation No. 1578, the then President Marcos declared a small island off the coast of Busuanga, Palawan as a game preserve and wildlife sanctuary. Presumably, this was to accommodate the request of then-President Jomo Kenyatta of Kenya during a Third World conference to help in saving African wildlife threatened by war and drought. Today, it is now one of the tourist destinations in Coron; the Calauit Safari Park. 

Calauit Island Safari Park is just an hour and a half away from Coron town. Located in Calauit Island, it is a 3,700-hectare island known for its wildlife sanctuary with a substantial population of African animals including giraffes, zebras, antelopes, migratory birds, as well as local fauna such as the Calamian Deer, that roam freely in a game reserve.

Originally, 18 species including gazelle, deers, giraffes, zebras where to be exported from Africa to the Philippines in 1976, however, only 5 species survived the travel and luckily these species thrive to sustain the now island-born offsprings. 

Currently, the game reserve houses 200+ animals which are all roaming freely except those endemic in captivity for tourist viewing purposes. But worry not! These animals are being freed on a monthly rotational basis so they could live in the wild.

Expect to see endemic animals in captivity such as Wild Boar, Civet Cat, Crocodile, Sea Eagle, Monkey, Porcupine, Python, and Calamian Turtle. 

And those that freely roam are the Migratory Chinese Eget, Giraffes, Zebra, and the Calamian Deers. Remember not to get too close nor on the sides of the Giraffes and Zebras, 'cause they could be really feisty!

 At the park, these wild animals can be seen freely roaming around the park from afar but the park allows tourists to get up close and experience interacting with them personally.  The main highlight here is the feeding of the Giraffes while inside in an enclosed area, as you feed them with leafy tree trunks.

To enjoy the best from this encounter, listen to the guide and try doing all the photo-op tricks such as getting a kiss from giraffes or hugging them!

Only a few tourists, both local & foreign alike, know about this place, so expect the whole place is not that jam-packed like other parks. Which is good, right?? Unlimited photos for that Instagram feed plus more time to enjoy the park!

So, when in Coron, make sure to check out Calauit Island Safari Park and support to sustain the wildlife!

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