BUDAPEST ZOO – A HUNDRED-YEAR DREAM TO COME TRUE!

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The 2012 year is a Jubilee year at the Budapest Zoo!

Received an invitation to the Budapest Zoo and Botanical Garden season-opening press conference. The event was held by Deputy Mayor Mr Miklós Csomós and prof. Dr. Miklós Persányi, Zoo Director General.

Before heading to the scene to be held the press conference the gathered representatives  placed wreath at the statue of army officer of the 1848 Independence War, later the first director of the Budapest Zoo, Mr. János Xantus. Thereafter, our way led us to the Botanical Garden cupola hall.

The main purpose of gathering the representatives of the press and media was to provide information about the forthcoming programs, plans and the difficulties for the season of 2012.  On this Jubilee Year the Zoo is to open officially the “Magic Hill” but I would rather call it the Cave of Magic, and its reconstruction works at the “Main Gate” and its surroundings, as well as  the update of the Project II., of the “Habitats and those collections”.  We were also updated with the institution’s plans for the year 2012. Also was informed  us about the coming  “animal” stars in the year 2012.

During the Jubilee year, the most important event will be the opening of the “Magic Hill” the Cave of Magic.

The  most important event to the hundredth anniversary day “will be pulled aside the stones”  from the entrance  gate  and the visitors can enter into the world of magic!  It is a 100-year-old Huge Rock! This was the dream of Mr. Adolf Lendl, the director’s plan in 1909, as  to give shelter to a zoological museum. Well, it did not come true and the inside rock remained unused!  But in a way on this anniversary day his dream comes alive. Though the huge rock would not to be a place for a zoological museum, but live animals and natural history museums citations, a site of interactive exhibition will be brought alive. His heart would be surely filled with happiness to see by this new project for his dream to come true.

Connected to the jubilee year, the Budapest Zoo, is to prepare an outstanding professional program. Between May, 17 and 19 will organize a symposium whereas the world’s oldest zoo, (zoos over hundred years older) leaders will gather to exchange experiences. The “IVY ZOO” symposium will be held for the 2nd time here in Budapest. The first of a kind of professional gathering took place in 1996, also initiated by and at the Budapest Zoo.

Last year’s newcomers were the wombats and the ground pigs, which immediately became a favorite of the audience.

This year, more new species will be visible inside the Cave of Magic. We were also told the Zoo is delighted to be able to show the world’s rarest insects. The stick-insect eggs will be posted by the Australian Zoo. The last species was believed to be seen in 1930 and then after had been thought as extinct species. In 2001 they were re-discovered at a small rock, on an Island close to Australia. Since then, they are propagated in the Australian Zoo as to be rescued from their extinction. The first egg species to ever to arrive to Europe will be to the Budapest’s  Zoo after its long journey from the Australia Zoo. As far as I got it right 14 species of Pyramids will arrive this year to the Budapest’s Zoo from the Lord Howe Island. Oh well, this is just what we surely need…  We will have to be aware not to ease the appetite.O.K. just kidding.

Programs at the Budapest Zoo there will be no shortage. Speaking of the near future: the “World Water Day”, in April the “Earth Festival”. Continuing last years popularity, concerts will be held once again. Also the “Early evening and evenings rolling along” will welcome all from 9 to 99 years of age.

Finally, important figures were brought alive ending press gathering: The “Magic Hill” the Cave of Magic  has a total of 17 rooms, 3,200 square meters, with fauna, giant animals, models, special fossils, living fossils, adventure games, simulators and 3D cinema projection-room is to be a creation of a unique environment.

The Zoo management believes it is fair enough to reduce the entry ticket prices during the major construction work. Even though all the animals and venues can be visited at the time being, with some ongoing works along the paths. From March,15 (National Holiday) with temporarily reduce prices of 15% discount on tickets will be available until April, 15 so  still  will have the reduced price during the season of Easter.

Just couldn’t resist not shooting a couple of snaps seeing the peaceful natural life before leaving the Zoo. I would also like to share those with you 🙂

Update and snaps Aggie Reiter

3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Chris on 16/03/2012 at 07:42

    The photography in this report is without question absolutely stunning…My congratulations on bringing to your audience not only your verbal skills but your visual portrayals display a sensitivity and appreciation of your subjects…Well Done.

    Reply

  2. Posted by Shalamon Judith on 30/03/2012 at 12:11

    Oh, you must had a great time there. Your photos say it all. Great thanks for sharing the information.

    Reply

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