Zoos in Bacolod: Negros Forests and Ecological Foundation Biodiversity Conservation Center

We made a long over due visit to the Negros Forests and Ecological Foundation Biodiversity Conservation Center!  This Zoo is surprisingly world class and way better than most of the Zoos in the Philippines, Manila Zoo included!

Located Right beside the Capitol Lagoon behind the Negros Museum, this zoo is like a jungle in the middle of the city!

The pathway leads to the animals… There’s a lot of trees and plants which makes one feel like you’re walking into a jungle!



Click on the pic to see a 365 photo of the entrance!


This is what the pathways in the Negros Forests look like!



When we walked into the Zoo, we heard bleating sounds and assumed that they kept livestock or goats.  We looked around and there was a concrete path leading into the depths of the trees.  After paying 20 pesos in the main office, we headed off to see the animals!

Apparently late afternoon is a good idea to see the animals because the animals are becoming active and come out of their enclosures.  We saw some endangered animals such as the bleeding heart dove and the visayan cockatoo and eagles.  Sadly these were difficult to photograph as they were on the far side of the cages and didn’t photograph well.

We did get some awesome video and photos of the main attractions of the zoo!

This stunning Rufuous Hornbill was making the bleating sounds. It is magnificent!


We turned a corner and we saw in a cage what appeared to be a brown sack.  The brown sack unrolled and crawled across the cage bars looking at me! It was a very curious and friendly flying fox!

The “sack” unfurls and starts walking towards me. I thought that it was a spider at first!

This huge bat crawled across the bars and hung there looking at me with a curious look in his eyes.  Yep.. he’s a male alright.

Why, hello there!

We paid a visit to the visayan warty pigs! They were so tame and kind of cute in a way.  A leaf fell into the pen and a pig immediately smelled it and went to eat it.  Impressive nose!

The Visayan Warty Pig.

We also got a picture of the Visayan spotted deer!

This doe looks stoned.

Now we’ve got a hot tip for those who are really interested in gardening or planting trees.  Negros Forests and Ecological Foundation Biodiversity Conservation Center is selling fruit tree seedlings at ROCK BOTTOM prices (10 PESOS for each seedling!)

You can get durian, santol, talisayon, duhat, acacia, narra, mahogany seedlings and other plants for only 10 pesos!   The most expensive plant on sale is priced at 50 pesos!   Wow!    They’re practically giving these seedlings away at that price!

Can you believe that these big seedlings are priced at ten pesos each? WOW!

This Zoo is sponsored by a lot of donors from other countries but they still need donations to keep the Zoo going and to feed the animals!  Drop by the Zoo and donate!


6 Comments Add yours

  1. ..i’ve been always wanting to come here and bring my guests but every time i would see the sign closed ;( would you know their zoo hours and days? thanks 😉

    1. Martin Banana says:

      Hi! The Zoo is open Weekdays but they close from 12:00 noon to 1:30pm.

  2. I’m glad to see you folks covering some other aspects of life in Bacolod, and seeing this post, well…good. As for food production, I’ll be moving to Negros sometime in 2015 hopefully with my wife and I’m wondering about the sourcing of foods there. Eggs? Factory made? Cage-free? Pastured? How about chickens for eating? How are they raised? Under what conditions? I’m very curious to learn about this and wonder if you all have any experience with this. Thanks!

  3. Ghoul Tokyo says:

    i need visite in zoo, what time will open???

    1. Martin Banana says:

      around 2pm

  4. yuif says:

    What makes it better than Manila Zoo??

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