Lyger Animal Sanctuary

by Enzo Tacadao

So, last weekend we saw ligers (hybrid cross between a male lion and female tiger).

Rose and I decided to go on a road trip in Rizal yet again. This time we visited St. Jerome Parish Church in Morong, Rizal, before having our lunch at a simple eatery in Pililla, Rizal with overlooking view of the Laguna Lake (will post a separate entry on that trip next time). While we were driving our way to Pililla from Morong, we saw bunch of posters about Lyger Animal Sanctuary with pictures of tigers, bears, and birds. I thought the guy who designed the poster just mashed up generic images from Google search so we poked fun at it. After our lunch, “Saan na tayo?” “Doon sa Lyger?” “Tara!”

Breezed our way through the Manila East Road. We turned right to this sleepy sitio, Sitio Matagbak in Bagumbayan, Pililla. We asked around where the animal sanctuary was because none of those colorful posters were on the side streets. Finally, we made it to the entrance of the Lyger Animal Sanctuary. Paid P200 each for entrance. The sanctuary doesn’t have the best landscape, but the ‘chopsuey’ selection of animals was its best asset. When we arrived, we were expecting to see typical animals like monkeys, birds, and snakes. Personally, I was not expecting to see those animals pasted in the posters. But I was wrong.

There were ligers, white lions, white Bengal tiger, Siberian tiger, sun bear (our newest favorite animal), puma, miniature horses, crocodiles, exotic chickens, eagles, macaws, raccoon dog, Rusa deer, rabbits, sheeps, turtles, goats, sheeps, camel, and some dogs like Caucasian Ovcharka and Jack Russel terrier. A smorgasbord of exotic animals in one place. One of the employees said that the place was a private facility before and was just opened to the public last month.

Bengal tiger

White Bengal tiger

Siberian tiger

Siberian tiger

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Liger. This guy is almost as huge as a cow! One of the employees said this guy was bred locally.

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Puma

Miniature horse

Miniature horse

Rusa deer

Rusa deer

Raccoon dog

Raccoon dog

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Our new favorite mammal, sun bear. This guy was so wacky he made our visit much more fun.

Our new favorite mammal, sun bear. This guy was so wacky he made our visit much more fun.

Lyger Animal Sanctuary
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Km. 58 Sitio Matagbak, Bagumbayan, Pililla, Rizal
(You may use Waze for exact location; I registered the place on the app’s map)
09153088398 / 5024294
Monday to Sunday, 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM

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