Nyíregyhaza Zoo has been named the best zoo in Europe for the third time in its category.

According to independent zoo experts, Nyiregyhaza Zoo was rated as Europe’s third and best zoo in a category that accommodates 250,000 to 500,000 visitors. This award was awarded at the Sóstógyógy fürdő attraction on Tuesday.

At the event, expert Anthony Sheridan said 126 zoos in 29 countries were evaluated according to about 40 criteria. For Category C, or less than 500,000 visitors, Nyiregyhaza Zoo ranked first among 45 zoos in 2015 and 2018.

He added that the survey reflects the pre-2020 situation, as the coronavirus epidemic over the past two years has made zoo operations and performance assessments much more difficult. He emphasized that the park has grown steadily in recent years, making it one of the fastest growing zoos in Europe’s city-owned zoos.

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The rating system evaluates zoos based on key criteria such as number of visitors, species protection, quality of zoo education, profitability, and organizational performance. Criteria surveyed include species range, breeding, protection, visitor experience, marketing, investment, and staff numbers.

It is worth noting that this zoo has more animals and exhibits than, for example, the zoos in London, Stuttgart and Zurich. An important factor in the score is whether the zoo’s botanical section is in “good condition”. The breeding section of the zoo.

The ranking divides the zoo into three groups according to the number of visitors each year. The winner of a zoo with more than 1 million visitors a year – Category A – is the Zurich Zoo, but for Category B, that is, with more than 500,000 visitors a year, Sheridan rated Rostock Zoo as the best and in Category C. Followed by the Niregi Haza Zoo by the Danish Aalborg Zoo, which shared first place with Danish Odense in 2015.

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At this event, Laslo Gazidos, director of the zoo and president of the Hungarian Zoological Society, announced that Endre Pap, deputy director of the zoo, has been elected president of the European Association of Zoos and Aquariums (EAZA).

The 25-year-old Nyíregyhaza Zoo has a “very powerful” zoo collection, and the election of a park expert to the president is a testament to the professional work done here. Added. Animal populations are constantly expanding, for example in Nyiregyhaza, where new anteaters, Indian rhinos and African elephants are expected to be born.

Featured Image: A man watching an orangutan with his daughter at the Green Pyramid of Nyiregyhaza Zoo on May 1, 2021. Photo: Attila Balázs / MTI Nyíregyhaza Zoo has been named the best zoo in Europe for the third time in its category.

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