Zoomanity Group Tour Part 1: Paradizoo Theme Farm

The past weekend couldn’t have been any better, despite the downpour. I was out of town (well, it didn’t rain the entire Saturday) and I am so glad to be part of this trip sponsored by the Zoomanity Group. And as I said on my Facebook page, I’m gonna share right here the awesome experience I had during my Tagaytay rendezvous. First stop: Paradizoo Theme Farm. 

Paradizoo is a just one of the many parks of the Zoomanity Group that features animals that can usually be seen in farms. Goats, sheep, horses, camels (yes, camels), chickens, cows, rabbits, ducks, pigs and other farm animals can be seen in there. It basically gave me the feels of being in a huge farm, maybe except for the animals in obvious zoo cages, because apart from the farm animals, there are also several themed gardens where different kinds of flowers, vegetables and other agricultural stuff are featured. 

So what are the things that you can expect to see in there? Here are some. 

1. Farm animals. Just like what I’ve mentioned, the complete family of farm animals are present (and when I say complete, that means I’ve seen pretty much every animal included in that Old McDonald nursery rhyme 😂). 

Just some of the many farm animals that can be seen in Paradizoo.
This 5-legged cow is just… 😱.

2. Variety of flower gardens, vegetables and other agricultural stuff. I am not exactly into gardening, and I like flowers only if they are given to me by the boy I really like. But Paradizoo ‘s flower gardens pulled out all the fascination in me to admire the wonder of God’s creation, cultivated by the suspected awesome farmers in this park. What’s more, there are also varieties of vegetable patches where different kinds of lettuces (I think I saw iceberg lettuces), pineapples, eggplants and other farm crops are being grown. The produce is guaranteed to be super fresh and virgin because the farm uses everything organic – from compost fertilizers to pesticides. 

Those awesome floating flowers can be seen in every corner of the farm.

Hydroponics is a subset of hydroculture, the method of growing plants without soil, using mineral nutrient solutions in a water solvent. Terrestrial plants may be grown with only their roots exposed to the mineral solution, or the roots may be supported by an inert medium, such as perlite or gravel (Google).
The inside of the hydroponics garden. Looks like Hogwarts’ mandrake garden.

3. Plants and animals for sale. There’s this section called Farm Frenzy, where visitors can buy animals like rabbits, hamsters and love-birds. Then there’s the Plant Me Home area, where you can buy flowers and other garden plants that you can take home and cultivate. 

4. The honey and butterfly factory. Yes, they also harvest authentic honey becaus the have a bee farm. Plus they also breed butterflies. We all know from gradeschool how essential butterflies are in the propagation of flowers, right? 

I don’t know what kind of breed this butterfly is. It’s wings change colors which is awesome, and I am reminded of the butterfly hunting scene in Nicholas Sparks’ book, Safe Haven.
Honey, provided that it’s authentic, is the only food that never spoils.

5. Seminars and lectures on agricultural stuff. Another awesome feature in this theme farm is they offer lectures and seminars on agricultural stuff. Last Saturday, they talked about ethyline retardation, basically the process of keeping a fruit from ripening too fast, or a flower from withering rapidly. Then there’s also the lecture on how good soy beans and brown rice to our health and how to cultivate them in your own garden. Lastly, the lecture about bonsai grooming will take you to the next level of gardening simply because of the cost and the essence of what you’re doing. 

Ms. Margie Defensor as she talks about how to wash fruits and vegetables properly.
Sir Fred, an engineer who is also a chemical enthusiast talked about the fruit ripening process and how to keep them from rapid ripening.
Retired UPLB professor and genetic engineer Rey Latin talked about soy beans, brown rice, how good they are for the health and how to make some in your garden.
Mr. Atish Sarker grooms bonsai for years now. According to him, the principle of “dwarfening” the trees is to “preserve the trees’ species.” Apparently, bonsai trees can live for hundreds of years if taken care of properly, and can be passed on from generation to generation. This is the reason why bonsai trees are soooo expensive.

You see, it wasn’t just a fun-filled and entertaining day but also educational and informative. So if you are someone who constantly looks (or lusts) for learning something new, then the Paradizoo Theme Farm is just the place to be!

If you would like to experience all of these and more, you can contact the Zoomanity Group at 847-0413, 899-9824, 899-9828 or visit their website at http://www.zoomanity.com.ph. 
Watch out for the second part of my Tagaytay rendezvous as I explore the Residence Inn, another Zoomanity Group theme park! 

Spread the loooove! 


Beth G. ❤


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