Philippines, 5 July, 2014 – FOOTPRINTS Philippines went wild as mentors and mentees – children of Virlanie Foundation’s Masaya Home, were taken to Zoobic Safari in Subic, Zambales for an exciting field trip!
Upon arriving at the park, they were greeted by an albino Burmese python, which they were allowed to pet under the supervision of its trainer. The lone white tiger in the Philippines was also there, basking in its glory for everyone to be mesmerised with.
Ms Donna Imson-Lecaroz then officially welcomed everyone with a heartwarming speech and joined the fun by watching a special dance performance by the Zambales natives. Mentees were then asked to pick a mentor of their own choice to be “buddies” with for the rest of the trip.
Shortly afterwards, everyone embarked on the Zoobic Safari Tour, starting with a close encounter with the snakes and lizards in the reptile aquarium, followed by a drive through the savannah to catch a glimpse of the deer, wild pigs, camels, and ostriches that inhabit the park.
Then the group was divided into four, so they could take turns in hopping aboard a safari jeep to witness the tigers, as they pounce around and feed, right within their natural habitat. How adventurous was that!
Their safari adventure did not end there as it went on to crocodile feeding escapade! Naturally, they were all thrilled—to feed the crocodile family at the croc pool.
Soon after the feat, a savoury vegetarian lunch was served at the pavilion and was shortly followed by a feedback session among the mentors and the Virlanie staff.
Before they call it a day, our joyous mentees each grabbed souvenir photos up close with a tiger cub! They smiled for the camera one last time and everyone set out to return home.