The Baluarte Zoo was established by local politician and businessman, Chavit Singson. Singson, who cites his hunting hobby as his motive in setting up Baluarte only considered opening a zoo when his hunting trophy collection grew too big. He thought that a zoo would serve to edify it, patrons, aside from promoting conservation and protection of endangered species. Described as an interactive wildlife sanctuary, the facility was designed and developed by Singson himself(Wikipedia)
In my recent visit at “Baluarte” I found out that almost everything, there is free if you opt to skip the shuttle you can walk up to the destinations which are not quite far from each other. The only thing you can’t get into if you’re walking in to see the White Lion/Tiger. You need to pay to see and take a picture with it. Regardless “Baluarte” is a great place to visit with the whole family. Tourist shops sold reasonably priced items and there were many snack shacks around the place. It’s well maintained and the staff is friendly and informative.