According to the most recent “census” of the Budapest Zoo and Botanical Garden, it is home to 881 animal species and 10,528 individual animals. With this, the zoo in the heart of Budapest’s City Park is not only the most populated zoo in Hungary, but the diversity of the Budapest Zoo and Botanical Garden is also outstanding on an international level.
According to Infostart and the zoo’s detailed summary, the institution houses: 1,368 individual mammals of 133 species, there are 1,262 individual birds of 151 species, 950 individual reptiles of 130 species, 131 individual amphibians of just 30 species, and there are 6,070 individual fish of 218 species.
There are 213 different species of invertebrates, of which 98 species have individual records that constitute 666 individual animals. As for the other 115 invertebrate species, which are mainly insects kept in large numbers, there is no point in having an individual record, so these animals are included in the collection of animals only by species.
The Pet Zoo on Margaret Island is also part of the Budapest Zoo and Botanical Garden, so the number of animals kept there is also counted towards its full animal collection. Although there are 25 species of animals at the Pet Zoo on Margaret Island and a total of 127 individual animals, 19 species of these can also be found in the main site of the zoo in the heart of the City Park.
Not only is it one of the oldest zoos in the world, but compared to other zoos, the collection of species in the Budapest Zoo and Botanical Garden is outstanding: of all the zoos in Hungary, this zoo has the most species, and only a few institutions in Europe house more animal species. The park also houses Hungary’s first shark school.
In Hungary, some species can only be seen in the Budapest Zoo and Botanical Garden. These, for example, include the Giant otter, the Common wombat, and the Short-beaked echidna.
Not only is the number of species presented outstanding, but the diversity of animals is also high, as the animal species in the zoo represent many different groups of animals. Representing and portraying the biodiversity and the general dissemination of knowledge is important for strengthening the environmentally conscious approach, the statement reads.
They also point out that the specialists at the Budapest Zoo and Botanical Garden also deal with many rare and endangered species for which, in addition to showing them to the world, breeding for conservation purposes is also of great importance. They write that
the zoo has managed significant breeding results in 2020 for Giant anteaters, Sumatran orangutans, Dholes, Giant otters, South American tapirs, East African crowned cranes, and Waldrapp ibises.