The start of this summer’s escapades took my friends and I to the eastern side of Misamis Oriental. We all wanted a budget friendly and fun trip to some place where we can manage to get back home to the city within the day. Going to Iligan City, which is like an hour away from Cagayan de Oro, was one of the options. But going there required a proper planning session (especially with the itinerary because there’s quite a lot of places to go and things to do there) and we didn’t have time for that. So I suggested (or commonly known as just Mantianak Zoo) and they went on board with it. We bought our lunch and then went there last Wednesday.
There were a lot of birds, and I mean A LOT. They have African Grey Parrots, Sulfur Crested Cockatoos, Palawan Hill Mynahs (who says Pangit! and Gwapa ka? over and over), Chattering Lory, and Sun Conures, to name a few. Not to mention they have different types of doves that you can feed. We fed them several times and some of them landed on our arms, on our backs, and even our heads.
The zoo is spacious enough for educational trips, and for family or barkada outings. They have tables and chairs placed under the shade of big trees. Some even have its own big umbrellas. Though the place sell snacks and ice cream near the zoo’s office, people can still bring their own food and they don’t charge a corkage fee. The zoo also has several rooms available for overnight stays.