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Budapest and rural zoos are open

Budapest Zoo and Botanical Garden will open with some limitations, while zoos in the countryside await visitors with newborn animals.

The Budapest Zoo and Botanical Garden will allow a maximum of 2,500 visitors a day for the time being, and additional precautions will be taken to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. People will also have to purchase their tickets online to avoid lines in front of the ticket office. The zoo’s indoor showrooms, animal shelters and other indoor facilities will also remain closed for now. 

Additionally, visitors will have to forgo spectacle feedings, animal trainings and other audience programs. The restaurants in the zoo will operate according to the rules that apply elsewhere, but the luggage storage at the main entrance will be temporarily suspended for hygienic reasons.

The Pannon Park complex at Budapest Zoo is still expected to open in 2021. Pannon Park will be set up on 5 hectares – roughly half the size of the entire zoo – and will house Central Europe’s largest aquarium.

The Nyíregyháza Zoo, where a Burchell zebra (Equus quagga) was recently born, has also opened its doors as has the Debrecen Zoo. In the Debrecen Zoo, newborns include a Palawan leopard, a goat, a male donkey named “Feri” and a male calf. Meanwhile, the amusement park at the Debrecen Zoo just turned 60, having first opened its doors to the public on May 1, 1960.

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