Budapest (MTI) – The government has decided to allocate 25 billion forints (EUR 80.5m) for the construction of a new complex to the Budapest Zoo dubbed Pannon Park, government spokesman Zoltan Kovacs told a press conference at the construction site.
At the event, Budapest Mayor Istvan Tarlos and Zoo director Miklos Persanyi presented details for the new facility, to be built on a plot of 6.5 hectares adjacent to the Zoo.
Tarlos noted that Budapest Zoo has attracted a total of 100 million visitors during its history of nearly 150 years and said that it was time for the facility to be enlarged. He said that a Park of Tales for small children will be completed in the new area by 2016, while the Pannon Park is expected to be completed in 2018-19. The latter will be complete with a biodome, designed to present life in the Carpathian Basin millions of years ago, he said.