Had someone told me 2 months ago that there is a pelican and a wild boar 15 minutes away from my house, I would have said, “Che!”. Last September, before things got crazy, we discovered and visited a hidden gem in the heart of Paranaque – Lost Eden. Indeed, there is a pelican, a wild boar and 10 thousand other interesting animals in this educational park.
I got this info from the Smart Parenting website:
Agribusinessweek.com describes the Lost Eden Educational and Recreational Park as a “paradisiacal place where one can find education, recreation and solace right in the heart of Metro Manila.” The 4-hectare educational and recreational facility which started its operations in February 2007 is the idea of Wilson Ang, the president of BioResearch, a pet and aquatic products company.
Facilities inside the Park include the following:
• The longest aquarium strip in the Philippines, where kids can learn about different freshwater ornamental fishes from all over the world.
• The honey bee gallery, where visitors can learn about the basics of bee-keeping (apiculture) and its many benefits.
• The Butterfly Farm
• The Koi Pavilion
• The Dog and Cat Mansion
• The Central Park with Italian fountains
• The Rainbow Tree House built around a 200 year-old tamarind tree
• The Bird Mansion
• The Turtle World
• Vegi-Map of the Philippines, containing a wide collection of organically grown vegetables from all over the country.
• Replicas of Taal Volcano, Mayon Volcano, dinosaur fossils
• The “Mechanical Park” which has a decommissioned forklift vehicle and painted engine blocks.
For 180 pesos, we got to feed koi fishes and rabbits. We saw at least 50 pigeons, kundol and caimito plants and a queen bee. We went up a treehouse and got to touch a caterpillar. Our tour guide said, if a butterfly lands on us, it will bring us luck. Well, a butterfly landed on toe and on my husband’s crotch! What could that possibly mean?
The whole tour took about an hour. The sun was high and it was quite hot. Good thing, we brought hats and cold water and there were shady trellis everywhere. Whenever we got tired, we ate and rested in the covered seminar areas. Maybe, the next time we go, we will go late in the afternoon.
Lost Eden is located at 8362 Dr. A. Santos Ave. Sucat Parañaque City. It is beside Manila Memorial. The entrance is thru the Bioresearch store. The park is open Mondays to Sundays (8AM to 5PM). Best to go there on Sundays, the only day that they do not accept bookings for field trips. For inquiries, you may call 826-3535.
more picture after the cut and on my next post