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Who would have thought that in the heart of a highly urbanized environment lies an oasis where various species of flora and fauna can be found?
The 23.85-ha Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center is a legislated Protected Area found in the heart of Quezon City. With the passage of the Expanded National Integrated Protected Areas System (ENIPAS) Act of 2018 or RA 11038, an amendment to the National Integrated Protected Areas System (NIPAS) or RA 7586, the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center became one of the 94 Protected Areas legislated in Congress, and classified as national park.
This Nature Park in the City’s Heart envisions to be a world-class ecotourism destination and a venue for biodiversity conservation and education on Philippine endemic and rare wild flora and fauna with the mission to provide a broad spectrum of outdoor recreation and ecotourism opportunities in a highly urbanized environment with areas for play, nature appreciation and gain delightful experiences; and where one can learn about Philippine wildlife and nature conservation.
The Park is an oasis in a highly urbanized environment and a home to different animals and plants. More than 3,000 individual trees can be found within the park wherein 13 species are found to be endemic to the Philippines including Katmon, Kamatog and Antipolo. Various species of animals also inhabit the park.The arificial lagoon found in the park serves as habitat to a number of fish species like tilapia, catfish and snakehead, among others. Its thriving urban biodiversity helps in sustaining a wide variety of life, which in turn supports human well-being.
The NAPWC is a place that connects people to biodiversity. It is a venue for recreational, civic, religious and educational activities on biodiversity conservation. It also offers facilities that bear witness to a number of special and milestone events time and again. Visitors can rent the following facilities for the whole day:
Another frequently visited site within the Park is the Wildlife Rescue Center that serves as temporary shelter and rehabilitation facility for confiscated, donated and/or abandoned indigenous and exotic wildlife. The Center’s main objectives are to rescue, rehabilitate and release endemic and indigenous wild animals back to their natural habitat. Those unfit for release as well as exotic animals are retained and put on display in the showcase area to promote public awareness, appreciation and support for the conservation of the country’s wildlife resources and their habitats.
The Wildlife Rescue Center also serves as training ground for practitioners and students of veterinary medicine, zoology, biology, botany, and natural science.
With all the hustle and bustle that surrounds us, a breather from the hectic city living is what we need every now and then. So if you are searching for a place that can soothe your spirit and where nature’s beauty and simplicity coexist, you need not look any further as the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center is the place to be!