Hear Me Roar: Meeting Tigers in Mantianak Zoo

During the Holidays, I was fortunate enough to be able to spend time with my family back in my hometown in Cagayan de Oro. As a family tradition, we also travel back to my mom’s province in Misamis Oriental to attend family reunions. While we were returning towards the city proper, we decided to stop by Sugbongcogon and visit the Mantianak Botanical Garden and Zoological Park.

Picnic and rest area in Mantianak Zoo.
Picnic and rest area in Mantianak Zoo.

This is the second time that we have been here. The main reason why we went back is because when we first got here, my son was just an infant and very unaware of the surroundings. Now that he is a toddler, we wanted to let him experience the place again.

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So anyway, among other animals, the main attraction of the place are really the Tigers. During our visit, there were four adult Tigers in one cage. I personally think their cage is very small for the four of them, and there are even  2 new baby tigers but they are housed in a different (and really small) cage. One of the guides said that they intentionally separated the Tiger cubs because the male adult Tiger would usually eat them right after a female gives birth.

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Despite the small cage, their tigers looked well. I personally wanted to hear them roar, but one of the females just growled at us. lol

One of the best shots we took.
One of the best shots we took.

Mantianak also have a lot of birds. They have the Cockatoo which says “Hi pangit!,” they have a Peacock, a Golden Pheasant, Owls, and many types of Parrots.

The Cockatoo is a very playful bird.
The Cockatoo is a very playful bird.

How to get there?

The zoo is easy to locate. Sugbongcogon is just two hours away from Cagayan de Oro, and you can see a signboard in the national highway pointing to the zoo. The entrance is not really far from the highway.

The place collects an entrance fee of Php 100 for adults and Php 60 for children (15 years old and below).

Unfortunately, it is not yet the mating season for the Peacocks. That's why this male is not yet showing off his tail.
Unfortunately, it is not the mating season for Peacocks. That’s why this male is not yet showing off his tail.

We were told that the zoo is actually managed by the local government as part of their Tourism efforts. Their guides are also local people employed by the government. So far, the guides we had were very helpful and accommodating. They are also very knowledgeable about the animals and really care about them.

These birds roam around the area freely and you are allowed to feed them.
These birds roam around the area freely and you are allowed to feed them.

We also noticed that the place had several improvements since our first visit. They now have a large picnic area, a butterfly garden (but we did not enter because it requires a different entrance fee), and they have a lot more birds (I think).

Aside from tigers and birds, the zoo also has a Crocodile, some Snakes, Monkeys, Deers, and a Civet Cat!

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