A free squirrel and bird park called Mókaliget opened in the 4th district of Budapest. If you are fond of animals, this is a perfect weekend programme for you and your family.
Budapest’s first squirrel park has opened
Located in the 4th district of Budapest, 1-3 Gyula Ugró St, Mókaliget squirrel and bird park awaits those who love animals. In addition to fat-cheeked, bushy-tailed squirrels, you can also meet rare bird species in the park. The park houses several squirrel and bird feeders and baths, hedgehog houses and even an insect hotel. If you want to spend time in nature while taking snaps of cute animals, you must visit Mókaliget. And best of all, there is free admission.
Mükaliget Squirrel and Bird Park. Photo: FB/Mókaliget Újpest
The unique story behind the squirrel and bird park
What makes the squirrel park even more fascinating is its unique story. The place was dreamed up by the Újpest municipality and the animal rescue league, based on Uncle Laci’s original idea, writes magyarorszagom.hu. Uncle Laci used to feed squirrels with nut scraps. He loved to see how much joy it brings to the little children going to school, so he has not stopped his hobby to this day. He even named the squirrels. Unfortunately, however, damage by wild boars hit the area, which was observed with the help of wildlife cameras. Therefore, it was necessary to fence off the area, which we can thank for the current Mókaliget Squirrel and Bird Park.
The animals inhabiting the park
Although the park is located in Budapest, you will be surprised how many animals you can spot when visiting. In the Mókaliget, an information board has been created for visitors about the species that can be seen there, which comes equipped with a QR code. By scanning it with your smartphone, you can get detailed information about the birds from the website of the Hungarian Ornithological and Nature Conservation Association. You can even bring food to the animals, but make sure that it is the right feed for the squirrels, like nuts. Among others, you can admire birds such as bluetits, jays, robins, great woodpeckers and sparrows.
Mókaliget Squirrel and Bird Park is a great weekend programme for the whole family. While you are wandering in nature, you can listen to the birds singing or watch the squirrels jumping from tree to tree.