Szeged Zoo

90. Szél Street
Opening hours: Open every day! In January, February, March, November, December: 9:00-16:00, in April and October: 9:00-17:00, in May and September: 9:00-18:00, in June, July and August: 9:00-19:00
Tickets: 1600-2400 HUF
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Every summer I visit my good friends, the meerkats in Szeged Zoo. These sweet little animals from South Africa are very happy to meet anybody and they are ridiculously photogenic, so this was a great opportunity to test my Nikon.

The world’s first zoo was founded in 1828 in London. The one in Szeged was opened in  1989. The founders started collecting animals already in 1985 and it consisted of 3 monkeys, a giant snake and a couple of deers and boars. Right now it’s the biggest zoo in Hungary (45 acres) and has a large collection from Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and South-America as well.

Although I like this place, it makes me think every time. The sad thing about zoos is that animals are taken away from their natural habitat and they may not get all the things they need (for example: enough territory or proper food). But on the other hand a lot of zoos are now joined to the European Endangered Species Program to help animals that are close to extinction and also if someone finds an injured animal you can take it to Szeged Zoo and they’ll take good care of it. Their main job is to educate about all the species you can find there and of course you wouldn’t be able to see 95% percent of these animals in your lifetime. So it’s really not easy to decide what would be the right solution but maybe a little kid who today is a visitor will become a saviour someday.


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