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A Zoo in Vigan, Ilocos Sur, Philippines

Updated on March 31, 2017

Baluarte Zoo - Vigan, Ilocos Sur

Governor of Ilocos Sur, and former Deputy National security Advisor, Luis Chavit Singson has created a personal zoo in Vigan, Ilocos Sur. He has opened it up to visitors and locals alike, free of charge.

Everything at Baluarte zoo is free, admission, pony rides and animal shows are all free to the general public. Please be respetful of the animals and don't let your children poke at them!

Welcome to Baluarte Zoo

COME and play with the animals! Be one of them roaring and whistling, indulging in the joys of the moment, you're in Baluarte, in Vigan, Ilocos Sur, the only one of its kind in the country. Not just a zoo, Baluarte is an interactive wildlife sanctuary and facility, with the breathtaking view of its dominating scenic boulders amidst trees and greens.

Memorable events such as feeding them, petting them, riding the "tiburin," a small horse-drawn carriage, and visiting our Butterfly Garden will surely be an extraordinary adventure for you and your family. What's more incredible is that admission to Baluarte is FREE.

Baluarte Zoo Hours of Operation

Baluarte Zoo is open daily from 7am to 6pm

Zoo patrons are free admission and free use of its facilities in the picnic areas.

It is open daily from 7am to 6pm. You are free to bring your food and be at the picnic place of your choice. We have enough comfort rooms available at the entrance.

Baluarte staff can accommodate educational tours, please feel free to contact us at call 6377-722-7186

Baluarte supports and promotes eco-tourism in Ilocos Sur. The objective way of doing this is make Baluarte eco-friendly and self-sufficient.

Baluarte Facilities - Many visitors lining up to view the animal show

Baluarte construction is still on going. Zoo patrons are given free admission and free use of its facilities in the picnic areas. It is open daily from 7am to 6pm. You are free to bring your food and be at the picnic place of your choice. We have enough comfort rooms available at the entrance. Baluarte staff can accommodate educational tours, please feel free to contact us via email on this website or call 6377-722-7186.

Baluarte supports and promotes eco-tourism in Ilocos Sur. The objective way of doing this is make Baluarte eco-friendly and self-sufficient.

Proper waste management is foremost in the facility. Vermiculture, the latest in the proper waste management process is used in coordination with the Provincial Agriculture office of the Department of Agriculture. This process was first introduced in the Philippines in 1982, wherein biodegradable agricultural and household wastes are acceleratedly composted with the use of imported African Night Crawler earthworms. Composted wastes are then used for the fertilizer consumed in Baluarte and sold for additional income.

Directions to Chavit Singson's Baluarte Zoo

Baluarte is a ten minute drive from Vigan City.

Vigan City, in Ilocos Sur, is the only surviving colonial town in the Philippines the city's Spanish colonial architecture have remarkably escaped the ravages of World War II. Listed in the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage List, Vigan City has its centuries-old houses with cobblestone paved streets, churches, plazas, public buildings retained for generations to behold.

How to go to Baluarte Zoo

By Land 9 hour overland trip from Manila via Philippine Rabbit Bus line, Dominion Bus Corporation, Partas Transportation Company.

By Air Fly to Ilocandia instead. Laoag International Airport has three[3] times a week 70 min. flight via Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific. Public transport is 80 km. trip to Vigan and 10 minute drive to Baluarte. We recommend the comfortable air-conditioned Partas buses with only three seats across and have better reclining positions.

A day at Baluarte Zoo

National Geographic Animal Encyclopedia: 2,500 Animals with Photos, Maps, and More!

National Geographic Animal Encyclopedia: 2,500 Animals with Photos, Maps, and More! (Encyclopaedia)
National Geographic Animal Encyclopedia: 2,500 Animals with Photos, Maps, and More! (Encyclopaedia)

Featuring 2,500 species and packed with stunning color photographs, amazing animal facts, maps, and more, the new National Geographic Kids Animal Encyclopedia is the most comprehensive on the market today, amazing and entertaining readers,

 

Baluarte Zoo - Baluarte 40 foot dinosaur

They are dedicated to facilitating education, conservation and protection of endangered species and wildlife. Children and those who are young at heart will rediscover life amongst the animals in unique and entertaining ways specifically through first-hand experience.

One of the many ostriches roaming Chavit's Baluarte zoo

Baluarte is 80 hectares of gently rolling terrains, hills and mountain sides, the structures of facilities and amenities, its phases of construction is in its best possible realistic and natural habitat for good and sound animal care.

Located along the western seaboard of Northern Luzon 408 kilometers north of Manila, bounded in the South by South China Sea, Baluarte has its breathtaking view of Vigan City. Baluarte is open to the public and admission is FREE. It is actually Governor Chavit's gift to the people of Vigan where residents and tourists are accorded free use of spaces for their livelihood programs.

Zoo Animals: Behaviour, Management, and Welfare

Zoo Animals: Behaviour, Management, and Welfare
Zoo Animals: Behaviour, Management, and Welfare

The keeping of zoo animals has become a central tool in the conservation of some of the world's most fascinating, yet threatened, species. But how do zoos operate on a day-to-day basis? What are the key problems they face in trying to feed, breed, and keep healthy the animals in their care? How can they play their part in conserving biodiversity?

 

Female Orangotanat the zoo - a recent guest enjoys Rufa up close

A guest to Baluarte zoo enjoying an up close encounter with a young female orangotan

Butterfly Garden

A beautiful butterfly at the Baluarte butterfly garden.
A beautiful butterfly at the Baluarte butterfly garden.

The zoo also has it's own butterfly garden. You can view the many jewel like crisalis in a hatching box.

A colorful butterfly - in the Baluarte butterfly garden

A colorul butterfly in the Baluarte butterfly garden
A colorul butterfly in the Baluarte butterfly garden

A good children's bed time story

The View at the Zoo
The View at the Zoo

In this humorous twist on a visit to the zoo, just who has the more interesting view?

As morning dawns, the zoo keeper makes his rounds, exhorting the animals to wake up, comb their hair, and stand up straight. Soon their human visitors arrive, and the observations begin to flow:

 

Dinosaur statue head

Dinosaur statue head
Dinosaur statue head

This statue is 40 feet tall.

Beautiful green and orange parrots

Beautiful green and orange parrots
Beautiful green and orange parrots

Dear Zoo a Children's book

Dear Zoo: A Lift-the-Flap Book
Dear Zoo: A Lift-the-Flap Book

Dear Zoo is twenty-five years old -- and still as popular as ever!

And with an updated look, this classic children's storybook about a youngster looking for a perfect pet is sure to delight a new generation of readers!

 

Chavit Singson enjoying the animal show - at his Baluarte zoo-by Diana J. Limjoco

Beautiful parrots at Baluarte Zoo.

Beautiful parrots at Baluarte Zoo.
Beautiful parrots at Baluarte Zoo.

They are in the recption area and in plain view.

Baluarte Hornbill Bird

A short video taken at Baluarte Zoo, Vigan, Ilocos Sur

Baluarte Painting pig

Dinosaur Statue with live deer - Velociraptor statue

Dinosaur statue. From this perspective, it looks real and as if it's going to eat the live deer on a hill.
Dinosaur statue. From this perspective, it looks real and as if it's going to eat the live deer on a hill.

Dinosaur statue. From this perspective, it looks real and as if it's going to eat the live deer on a hill.

Chavit Singson with guests - enjoying the animal show with them

One of the camels at Baluarte zoo

One of the camels at Baluarte zoo
One of the camels at Baluarte zoo

Baluarte visitors braving a boa constrictor

Dancing umbrella cockatoo

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Free Tiger show at the Baluarte zoo

Tiger show at the zoo
Tiger show at the zoo

He doesn't look too happy in this shot but afterwards he pranced in front of the zoo's visitors.

Birds Eye view of Baluarte Zoo - Chavit Singson's personal view of his beloved zoo

Taken from a hill above the residence and zoo by Diana Limjoco

Baluarte Guest Dave Dewbre - with a Palawan bear cat or Binturong

Macaw parrot - by Diana J. Limjoco

Baluarte's Mission

Vigan, Ilocos Sur, Philippines

We are dedicated to forging a bond between people and nature by providing a free, family-oriented experience by advancing quality animal-care, education, science and conservation.

In Baluarte, we entertain to enlighten people about the bond between animals and humans through interactive opportunities. Our dedication to provide educational responsibility especially to children is enormous. We believe that play is an essential component of a child's life. It is a natural therapeutic measure.

Baluarte is currently in the state of further improving their facilities for both animals and visitors. We basically plan to implement the open zoo concept wherein animals will be kept in more sizable enclosures to give them more space to roam, play and move around

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Ganda!

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      PalawanHotels 7 years ago

      nice lens, What a zoo!

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      digitalwebgroup 8 years ago

      Baluarte is amazing. I was there just last week as a guest of gracious host Gov. Chavit Singson! I loved the animal show.

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      Sweetwater_Creek 8 years ago

      Looks like a fun place to visit!