Father Tropa was also a staunch believer in the healing properties of nature such that he and his members concocted herbal medicines to treat whatever ailments they suffered from. The Zoo Paradise of the World was his personal mission. It is a unique manifestation of the life that he had chosen to live – one that was far from civilization.
The Zoo Paradise of the world is situated in Barangay Salngan in the town of Zamboangita, Negros Oriental. It was spearheaded by the late Eleuterio Tropa, a former Catholic priest who formed his own religious sect cum environmentalist group who called themselves “The Lamplighters”.
The mission and motto of their organization is to “love one another and love nature”. All members were once required to don black shirts paired with red and green striped pants. Cutting of hair was prohibited for both men and women and nobody was allowed to wear slippers. They all actually walked around barefoot even when they visited the city, catching the attention of many.
How to get there:
It is one hour drive away from Dumaguete City, approximately 28 kilometers in distance. You can take a Bus or Jeepneey and inform the conductor to drop you off at Zamboanguita Zoo Father Tropa.
Zamboanguita Zoo Natural Paradise of the World Entrance Fee:
PHP 20.00 – Adult – One admission only – Unlimited sight seeing.
PHP 10.00 – Children – One admission only – Unlimited sight seeing.
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