When your favorite park opens a new animal performance arena and decides to let go of unnatural behavior for the animals they showcase in their show, you drop everything and take a look for yourself, right?
Instead of animals playing basketball, riding on a bike, and doing human activities, the animals at the Davao Crocodile Park’s animal show only exhibit their natural behavior.
With every appearance, the animals being showcased are introduced, their role in the ecosystem talked about, and their conservation status mentioned.
The show starts with a parade of guinea fowls going about the stage nonchalantly, followed by a gaggle of geese, a herd of goats, and a pair of wild boars.
Then the high flying feather friends come soaring starting with a raptor then a hornbill. Out of the 11 species of hornbills in the Philippines, 7 are in critical conservation stage and 4 are endangered.
Have you heard of the most expensive coffee in the world? At the show, you would get to meet the civet which is the animal responsible for the chemical reaction that takes place in its digestive system to make it the most expensive brew in the world.
While everything is happening, there is one furry friend who has been quietly observing--- the scoops owl.
Then the Palawan bear cat makes its appearance and show its large tail that is as long as its body; the Burmese python sleeks in from under a bench in the audience area, and Orange the Orangutan shows how Filipinos make the “mano po” and kisses ladies from the audience.
You might wonder why Orange the Orangutan exhibit such human traits when the show sticks to natural behavior. The answer is because orangutans share 97% of their DNA with people and so they can copy what people do.
The change from the previous talent show is in accordance with the Davao Crocodile Park being a member of the PHILZOOS (Philippine Zoos and Aquariums Association and the SEAZA (South East Asian Zoos Association) which adhere to the natural way of presenting behavior of animals to create awareness, appreciation, and understanding to bring about action for their preservation, conservation, and protection.
So when you go to the Davao Crocodile Park, you not only see crocodiles and pet the other animals in its menagerie, you also get to know them and maybe have a change in behavior in how we treat them.
How to get there:
Davao City can be reached by plane from Manila and Cebu. Major airlines have daily flights to Davao. The Davao Crocodile Park Complex is located at the Diversion Road 15 minutes away from the airport.