Zoo & Botanical Garden in Budapest

1. BGs as living treasuries – maintenance and development of living collections

Over the institution’s 156 years long history in addition to animal husbandry, it presents similar priority with over 3,500 outdoor and 430 tropical species. Species from East Asia and North America are especially important, but due to the mild microclimate, sub-Mediterranean plants as well.

2. BGs as green laboratories – scientific activities and research infrastructure

Numerous small scaled researches are ongoing in partnership with MATE university. Also, researches in the field of urban plant protection are carried out in the garden’s collection.

3. BGs as experience-based class-rooms – education activities and infrastructure

Horticultural education programs are held every day, and also thematic lectures for campers are offered. An outsourced field practice in ecology and taxonomy are provided for university students. Guided botanical walks and night botanical walks add colour to the pedagogical offer.

4. BGs as custodians of biodiversity – conservation activities, saving endangered species, gene banking

The garden deals with the conservation of Hungarian calcareous open rocky grassland species, in addition the rare protected plants of Transdanubia and Europe play a greater role. They are propagated on a separate farm, and some Sierra Nevada annuals have been sown every year since their seed collection in 1983.

5. BGs as perpetuators of cultural heritage

The garden is rich in protected buildings and structures dating back over 150 years of the garden’s history. Holds several architectural and cultural heritage, such as the showrooms, the Palm House, or the rose festival.

6. BGs as eco-attractions – recreation areas, touristic activities and operations, visitor experience and comfort

There is a colourful annual program calendar of the garden, offering programs to the visitors all through the year. Also, publications help the visitors with variety plates and short descriptions of the species. They can take part in organized programs for a fee.