The Calauit Safari Park is a 3,700-hectare game reserve and wildlife sanctuary in Calauit Island off Palawan province 's coast. This features African giraffes and zebras carried by a supposed translocation habitat trial involving Kenyan President Jomo Kenyatta and Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos. The sanctuary was established August 31, 1976.
The conservation facility, previously known as Calauit Game Preserve and Wildlife Sanctuary, has since housed critically endangered species native to Palawan's Calamianes chain of islands.
Since the 1980s onwards, Calamian wolf, pheasant peacock, Balabac mouse-deer, and native bearcat shared the sanctuary with over 100 African giraffe, eland, zebra, impala, bushbuck, gazelle, and waterbuck species.
Just 2 African species and six endangered species remain. The migrant animals include the reticulated giraffe, also known as the Horn of Africa-born Somali giraffe, and Grévy's zebra, the largest living zebra population. The Calamian deer now ranks between 1,200 and 1,300—the greatest success tale of the sanctuary — only as little as 25 when brought here.
There's also Palawan bearded pig, one of the country's endangered 4 wild pig species. We do have porcupine from Philippines and Binturong (bearcat). All are considered endangered under Threatened Wildlife 's Philippine Red List. Freshwater Philippine crocodile is also critically endangered. There are currently only four adults, but breeding efforts are underway.
How to get there
A van will pick you up as early as 5 AM if you purchase a Calauit Safari Tour. The journey from Coron Town to Busuanga takes around two hours.
Best time to visit
It is an all-year round destination best visited during the summer months in Coron.
There is an entrance fee to this safari park.