Metro Manila · Ninoy Aquino Parks & Wildlife Center
Opening its doors to the public in the 1970s, this Quezon City park is a nice place to go to for Megacitizens who would like to escape the busy streets of the metro. You can enter the park for 8 pesos.
The Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center was a part of the 197 hectare Quezon Memorial Circle in the relatively quieter part of the Megacity. The park was built in 1954 but after the issuance of Proclamations Nos. 481 and 616, the park’s area was reduced to 64.58 hectares while other areas were allocated for the Philippine Science High School and the National Government Center later subdivided for the Central Bank of the Philippines, the Children’s Hospital, Kidney Center, and Lung Center.
Today, Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center only covers 22.7 hectares but even if the area was reduced, it is still a beautiful place to visit.
The park opened its doors to the public in July 1970 but was closed 12 years later in an effort to build better facilities for the park. According to officials, it was during this renovation period that gave birth to an amphitheater, a fishing village, a craft village, water system facilities, lighting systems, and comfort rooms for park visitors. The park and wildlife center reopened in early 1983.
The park is not only a refuge for injured wildlife but also serves as a haven for Megacitizens who would like a quick escape from the concrete jungle. The Quezon City nature park has a small zoo, lots of trees, and a very peaceful lagoon.
Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center runs a mini zoo that houses injured wildlife where they are nursed back to health. A few of the patients that never checked out of the wildlife rescue center are on display. This includes various birds, monkeys, and reptiles -the most notable of which is a Burmese python.
The place is open from 7 am to 5 pm daily. The zoo and the rescue center are not open on Mondays though and viewing starts from 9 am to 4 pm. The mini zoo closes at 3 pm on Thursdays.
Admission fee is 8 pesos for adults and 5 pesos for students and children. If you would like to spend more time at the park, you can rent a cottage for 200 pesos. The public park also has its very own parking area for its visitors.
Location & How to Get There
North Avenue, Diliman Quezon City 1100 Quezon City, Philippines
Tel: 63 (2) 924 6031