ALONG the busy Sucat Road in Parañaque is a place that bravely calls itself "Lost Eden". We suspended our disbelief and entered, ready to be disappointed. But each step we took brought us closer to some interesting animals that made the trip worth our while.
Operated by Bio Research, Lost Eden is not exactly our idea of paradise. The painted scenery on the walls and the hodgepodge man-made attractions clash with the flora and fauna. A little help from our appointed tour guide, however, boosted our appreciation of the place and we willingly allowed ourselves to be led in different areas inside the recreational and educational park.
Exotic fishes and some farm animals are also present to add variety, as well as bees and butterfly farms. The park also features the classic tandem of turtles and hares.
If you want a quick escape to a somewhat rustic destination without leaving the city, Bio Research's Lost Eden fits the bill. Just don't expect to see real dinosaur bones and learn to enjoy the small, unique experiences the park has to offer like clutching a pigeon in your hands and kissing it before letting it fly away or hoping a butterfly will land on your shoulder for luck. Also, keep an eye on the heritage tamarind tree that is over 200 years old.