Did you know that the ostrich farm located in Malanang, Opol, Misamis Oriental pioneered the ostrich industry in the Philippines?
The OPOL OSTRICH AND CROCODILE FARMS, INC. was the first ever ostrich farm in the country established in 1996.
The Limketkai-owned farm is very accessible and is just 4 kilometers from the National Highway or a short 10-minute drive from the highway. There are two roads leading to the farm – at Apple Tree Resort crossing (Brgy. Taboc) and at Poblacion Opol. Either way, you can ride habal-habal to the farm. View the map below.
The 4-kilometer road is 2-lane concrete except for a few hundred meters as you approach the farm. Here’s a closer map near the farm.
A large signage can be seen along the road as you arrive at the site. Vehicles are not allowed to enter the farm so you can either park here or up near the farm’s entrance which is located some 100 meters following an ascending access road. Below are photos as you approach the gate.
You pay as you enter. P30 for adults, P20 for students and P15 for children. The farm is open daily from 8:00AM to 4:00PM.
Once inside, you can see the ostriches outright. Here, you can have your photo taken with the signage in the background.
The farm has more than 560 ostriches at the moment. Females have orange tags on their necks while males have blue tags. One thing you can notice about these flight-less birds is that they seem to be curious with humans and other visitors. As you approach the fence, they too come near you. Browse over photos below.
By the way, this is the oldest ostrich in the farm which is already 24 years old. He is isolated from the rest.
This is the egg of the ostrich. It is so hard and heavy (about 1.5 kilograms). You need a drill to open it. One egg costs P500.
The farm also has a few crocodiles.
Visitors take some photos with the crocs in the background.
By the way, you can buy some real crocodile tooth as a souvenir for P100 each.
Peacocks were also spotted.
You can also find a few Hyacinth Macaws. Be careful to lower your voice as you near them. They might imitate your sound.
The farm also has a large herd of sheep. They’re cute aren’t they?
A visit to the farm is educational. Many students and other groups visit the farm. A large mango tree provides shade to several picnic tables where visitors and tourists can rest. The farm only sells bottled water so you can bring snacks.
The 13-hectare farm supplies ostrich meat you can find in restaurants all over the country. In Cagayan de Oro, ostrich meat is available at Kagayanon Restaurant at Limketkai Center.
If you’re travelling to Misamis Oriental, take a side-trip to Opol Ostrich and Crocodile Farm…a 45-minute to a hour visit is just enough.