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
Please welcome the youngest member of our giraffe family
Mother Nature was gracious to the residents of our Tarzan Trail, the enclosure introducing the habitat of Africa to our visitors, as the five-member giraffe family welcomed its newest addition.
The calf was born happy and healthy after 450 days of gestation and at present is living with its mother, however, it will be introduced to the other members of the group in a few days.
At present, there are 3 adult females (Bogi, Laura, Vanessa), a bull (Árpi) and two young giraffes– Kamilla, the 3.5 year old female and the new-born calf – living in Nyiregyhaza Zoo.
After the birth of the young calf we were worried, since Laura, the 9 year-old giraffe mommy neglected her first baby, Kamilla 3.5 years ago, who was fed by her keepers in the first few months. Luckily, Laura has changed and grew up to her task and has been a loving and caring mother from the very first moment. The 180 centimetre tall and 70 kilograms weight calf is currently breastfed by its mother and will be introduced to fibrous fodder at the age of 6 months, yet, breast milk will remain part of its diet until the age of 12-16 months.
According to their pattern and habitat in Africa, there are nine subspecies of giraffes acknowledged at present. In Nyiregyhaza Zoo you can find Rothschild’s giraffes, who share their enclosure with other ungulates, such as Grevy zebras and several unique antelope species.
Rothschild’s giraffes (Giraffa camelopardalis rothschildi) were named after the prominent banker, Walter Rothschild (1868 – 1937), who was also an acknowledged zoologist. These animals are originally native in Uganda, Kenya and South-Sudan, hence they are often referred to as Uganda giraffes. They are endangered ungulates, as there are less than 700 individuals living in the wild. There are around 450 Rothschild’s giraffes kept in zoos worldwide, from which 6 resides here at Nyiregyhaza Zoo. The new-born calf is the eights giraffe born in Nyiregyhaza.