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The 65-year-old Zoo Debrecen opens the year with Chirpy Family Day

Did you know the Zoo Debrecen opened 65 years ago, in 1958 as the first zoo in Hungary outside the capital? The park today covers an area of 17 hectares under the canopy of Big Forest’s grand old trees. On display are some 900 specimens of 170 species native to various habitats of five continents. Besides the various species of plants native to the Big Forest and Hungary, visitors can also see many unique and spectacular species from all corners of the globe.

This year the zoo celebrates its 65th birthday with new attractions and events and introduces a new type of annual season ticket. You can buy the Walking Pass, which entitles you to visit the zoo for the whole year, but also the Experience Pass and VIP Pass, which offer even more unlimited services, can be purchased at the online sales platform and the Zoo’s ticket office.

The Experience Pass gives you unlimited access to the park for 365 days from the date of purchase and also entitles you to unlimited use of the amusement machines during normal opening hours during the amusement park season. The VIP Pass also includes admission to special events and the possibility of queue-free entry, so you can experience all the adventures the Park has to offer for the next year.

All three types of passes make great gifts for loved ones, providing unforgettable experiences in an institution that has been bringing generations together for six decades.

Chirpy Family Day

The zoo’s 65th year features a series of special events as well. Keeping their tradition, birds will be in the spotlight for this year’s very first special event, Chirpy Family Day, held from 9:00 to 16:00 on January 21 and 22.

A weekend-long event since last year, Chirpy Family Day is sure to have something in store for all generations wishing to connect with indigenous withering birds and their exotic cousins. Come engage in interactive zoo education activities to learn how to make your gardens bird-friendly – and how to make our feathered friends’ favorite fat balls in the DIY Corner – and join us for a little birdwatching with binoculars. Help us analyze owl pellets and test your skills with various educational activities at the House of Knowledge, where you will also get to learn fun facts about the bearded reedling, elected Bird of the Year for 2023 in Hungary. Be sure to also take a special guided tour with feeding events featuring various birds, from cute penguins to residents of the exotic Africa aviary and majestic snowy owls.

All events and activities are free of charge for Zoo visitors.