Vietnamese sika deer (Cervus nippon pseudaxis) which have already been extinct in the wild were born at Nyíregyháza Zoo. The group has one hart and three hind – only can be seen in Hungary – which came to Nyíregyháza from Polish and Czech zoos in the European Endangered Species Programme (EEP) in 2017. This species are very shy, so professionals put the rare ungulates into a quiet, woody enclosure where newborns were brought to life this year. The calves were born after 7,5 months of pregnancy with a few weeks of difference and besides the breast milk they are already consuming hay.
The Vietnamese sika deers extinct in 1960 because of poaching and the destruction of their natural habitat. Nowadays they can be only seen at nature reserves and zoos. The rare Vietnamese sika deers like the thick undergrowth woodlands where open areas can be found. They are the most active at dawn and in twilight.
In the summer their fur is russet and two sides of their body is covered with yellowish-white spots, which provide them the perfect camouflage when they are grazing in a sparse forest.
In the winter time when the vegetation is sparse the deer’s fur turns into greyish-brown and the color of the spots fade. Currently 370 specimen are being held in nature reserves and zoos.
Zoo summer camp in SóstóZoo Hungary
The Sóstó Zoo in Hungary, which nestles in a native oak forest, offers excellent opportunities for studying as it not only present the fauna of Hungary but also the entire world, and thus provides a great variety of subjects to choose from.
What we offer is an engaging combination of learning, entertainment, adventure and variety.
Visitors can go on a tour around the Earth and observe how the 5000 animals live in different habitats all around the world.
From middle of June we can start our summer camp: The camp participants (weekly 200 students) get insight of the life in the ZOO and how animals have to be kept and taken care of. They can stroke some animals and watch the newborns.
At the Zoo School, children have the opportunity to put into practice what they have learnt in their schools.
A programme organized by zooeducators, who work in close cooperation with the Zoo's staff, feature classroom activities, hiking, and visits the „zoo continent”.
Not only the zooeducators are involved in the project, but student -teachers from the local University. They monitor the spring education programs during the course of that and later during the course of the summer camps they what they learnt they have a change to put in to practice. Our programs provide them a great opportunity to gain pedagogical experience.
Local secondary school students volunteer these programs, too.
During the course of the one week summer camp, we have 10 respective programs running on, at the same time—( the campers participate 2 programs/ day -every day . )
The secret of our method is acquisition of first-hand experiences in a playful manner.
Hotel Pangea, in a spectacular environment, next to Sosto Lake and on the edge of Nyiregyhaza’s Zoo, will accept guests starting in August. The hotel’s unique design is currently under construction, since we are inviting our guests to take a little prehistoric journey with us. Hotel Pangea welcomes guests to 38 rooms, conference halls, a restaurant and cafe with gorgeous panoramic views and of course, unlimited Zoo access.
For more information, please call: +36 20 4898921