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Discussion in 'Hungary' started by Orycteropus, 8 Jun 2008.

  1. AthleticBinturong

    AthleticBinturong Well-Known Member

    25 Sep 2012
    Wexford/Cork Ireland
    Is the zoo worth a visit? if so what are the highlights?
    I'm doing inter rail with my friends and already plan to visit the 2 Berlin zoos and Prague zoo so is Budapest zoo a must see in a 3 day stay or could I give it a miss?
  2. sooty mangabey

    sooty mangabey Well-Known Member

    29 Apr 2008
    Sussex by the Sea
    A must see! Lots of animals, fantastic architecture, one of Europe’s most singular zoos.
  3. lintworm

    lintworm Well-Known Member

    27 Oct 2008
    Architecturewise this is one of the prettiest zoos in Europe, the Elephant house alone is worth the entrance fee. There is also lots to see in terms of animals, with for example a strong Australian collection, but they haven't quite made the next step in terms of exhibit quality in most areas.
  4. twilighter

    twilighter Well-Known Member

    5 Sep 2011
    Oslo, Norway
    I had a nice winter visit in the Budapest zoo yesterday. Have been here 20 years ago, but the only thing that seems familiar is the beautiful Elephant house and the Rocks.
    If one wonders, which zoo to visit during the European cold days, I would definitely recommend the Budapest zoo. In his relatively small area, they are holding all ABCs + serious amount of intriguing species, 90 % visible in their houses. Practicaly all of the warmer climate animals can be observed in their indoor exhibits. The zoo 29 buildings have very smart heating system, using the thermal waters coming from Széchenyi Thermal Baths, which minimises the huge cost. Budapest zoo development has interesting history. Build in 1866 and totally renovated in 1912, the zoo was severly damaged during the WWII. After the War the socialist architects took over and the old charm completely vanished. In the 90's desicion was made to bring the zoo to its romantic image combined with modern husbandary. Iconic Buildings, like Palm house(Tropical house), Crocodile house, Buffalo house, Australia house and Giraffe house were rebuilt based on the original plans from 1912. The modern husbandary also took effect for many aspects of the collection, but some parts unfortunately left in 20th century. While primates are very well accommodated in a nice Great Ape house, Madagascar house and few outdoor islands, the most of the Carnivores enclosures looks like they missed the renovation process. There are some discrepancies too: The Wolverine replaced the Striped Hyena in the Indian house and the Asian Elephants are living in the African Savanna complex.The last will probably change, when the new Biodom area is ready. The project seems well underway.
    Even without the Koalas, the Australian collection is still superb. The Tasmanian Wombat, The Echidna, The Kowari and Brushtail Possum have their own buildings. And the walkthrough night exhibit in Australia house, holding The Ground Cuscus, Brushtail Bettong, Lyel's Flying Fox and Sugar Glider is almost surrealistic highlight. One of the newest addition to the zoo is the Magic mountain - four floors educational complex/invertebrate collection hidden in the Great rock. The life size Sperm Whale model is one of the stars here. The Venomous snake and Rodent collections are also not to miss. The Budapest zoo is a place with promising feature and like the Hungarian capital itself, combines classic architecture with modern buildings. Looking forward to the new 1.7 hectars Biodom, won a lot of awards already and expected to open in 2020.