This small zoo shows regular animals like cougar, vervet monkeys and harbour seals
Open minimum 9am-5pm
*Family tickets are valid for 1 adults and 2 children, each additional child costs 1000 HUF
**Family tickets are valid for 2 adults and 1 children, each additional child costs 1000 HUF
*Family tickets are valid for 1 adults and 2 children, each additional child costs 4400 HUF
**Family tickets are valid for 2 adults and 2 children, each additional child costs 4400 HUF
There are several daily feeding shows, for the time please ask at the till station.
The zoo was built in 1959-1961, with labour contributed by high school and university students, as well as other labourers of various types through the socialist voluntary labour scheme. (It took altogether 45,367 labour hours according to the memorial plaque near the entrance. The construction started in April 1959, and had been finished in 1961, although the zoo phase had been opened on 19 August 1960.) The location was chosen to locate the zoo within the natural surroundings of the Mecsek hills, outside the urban landscape. Originally, there were a tiny terrarium and aquarium, and also cougars, lions, tigers, leopard, black panther, Eurasian lynx, bears, and wolves as well. Later, the aquarium and the terrarium moved to the city, and because of the tiny cages, many animals had to be moved to other zoos (in the early 2000s the lions' cages have been renovated, and the lynxes stayed only). Besides the obsolete circumstances, the zoo endangered the water system for the city, so in the 2000s, there were a number of plans to move to Árpádtető (near MecsExtrém Park) or Kökény (as a Safari Park), but for financial reasons the move never happened. The zoo had always a licence from one year to the next, and the closure was also a plan. Finally, reconstruction started in May 2014 (which costs 1.2 billion forint); since then the zoo had been closed until sping 2016. After the reconstruction, the zoo became larger, the aquarium-terrarium also moved here, and new, larger animals can have home here. The zoo re-opened finally on 20 May 2016.