Let’s Get Wild in Coron Palawan - Isla Story

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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Let’s Get Wild in Coron Palawan

Ever dreamed of embracing your inner Tarzan (or Jane) to visit the wild for at least a day? What if we tell you that now you can and you won't have to spend a fortune nor fly so far just to get to Africa...  'cause what we're offering isn't going to be there at all!
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. Thus, now one of the tourist destination in Coron, Calauit Safari Park. 
Calauit Island Safari Park is just an hour and a half away, via land & boat, 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, and 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 probably for the Phyton! Haha!).
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 Calamian Deers. Oh! Just remember to not get too close nor on the sides of the Giraffes and Zebras, 'cause they could be really feisty!
At the park, you'll not only see these wild animals freely walking around from afar but you'll also get to experience interacting with them up close and personal.  The main highlight is the feeding of Giraffes, where you'll be in a caged area as you feed them with leafy tree trunks. Our suggestion? Listen to your 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 that you'll probably enjoy the whole place to yourself when you visit. Which is good, right?? Unlimited photo shoots for your 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!
Choose your preferred tour and click here to book your Calauit Safari Day Tour now:  Private Calauit Safari Day Tour | Joiner Calauit Safari Day Tour

Watch Isla Story's experience at the fun Calauit Island Safari Park!


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