Pet Zoo on the Margaret Island

Pet Zoo on the Margaret Island

Pet Zoo on the Margaret Island
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For Budapest, this island between the banks of the Danube represents a green oasis, especially during summer when its emerald spaces are much enjoyed by both locals and tourists. The gardens here are very picturesque; the flowers in full bloom give the landscape a variety of hues; the fountains add an air of freshness, making walks peaceful, joyful and romantic. A leisurely stroll will uncover a variety of sites, even the ruins of a medieval Franciscan church and convent are still visible.
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Matt C
42 contributions
Couples
While only small, it was a pleasure to walk around as there is no entry fee.

There are 4 Welsh pony's that are more than happy to be stroked. And you can have a short ride on one for only 500 Huf.

Hundreds of ducks, birds and chickens.

Plenty of Deer, that have plenty of grazing room.

There are Storks gathered around a giant tree stump with Rabbits usually fast asleep at the base.

There is also a conservation are for numerous Buzzards and Eagles that if out in the wild, would not survive. The vets here managed to save their lives and they now live here safe. Unfortunately, the area doesn't recieve any funding from the government and so they have a board just outside the eagle part showing details of how you can help by donating.

Rather heart warming to see how well looked after all the animals seem to be, and also to see so many beautiful birds being protected for the rest of their lives.
Written October 22, 2017
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stinkwink
Sydney, Australia7,389 contributions
This Pet Zoo gives shelter and life to many rescued animals. My favorite are the storks. Most of them were hit by high-voltage wires near their nests. The storks would like to build a nest on the electric poles, and unfortunately, in Hungary, though there was a promise, in most places, the wires are still not insulated. In the fall of 2006, about 200 white storks perished on the border of Újtikos in a short section of the wire due to an electric shock. These storks are among the few survivors who will probably never be able to fly longer. They are safe here, they are in pairs, they spend, and they are essentially entirely free. They don't try to escape, because they realize that it is a secure place for them. I talked to one of the caregivers who was happy to report that one of their storks was able to fly a short distance. I hope he is the exception, who will be fully rehabilitated. Of course, the bunnies do not have to be scared; they run around merrily in every corner of the Zoo. There are three ponies as well, and they can be ridden for a fee. Although there is a warning, that they may bite, I have seen them happily run to all the children and let themselves to be caressed. Peacocks are walking around, including an unfortunate tailless peacock. Most likely, visitors were deprived of its ornamentation. Above the zoo are large Turkish hazelnut trees, which are now dropping their crop for the delight of visitors and squirrels.
Especially if you're with kids, this Zoo is a must.
Written September 5, 2019
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keith r w
Wallasey, UK271 contributions
Friends
It was nice finding the pet Zoo on Margaret island,we did't know it was there.
mainly has Hens/Ducks,some birds of prey,rabbits deer plus others.
In one review someone said animals looked unhappy,from what we could see they seemed fine.There is a shop and toilets ,not much more I can say about it.
Written June 30, 2019
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Glenn
Marsascala, Malta5 contributions
Solo
Small “zoo” on Margaret island. The eagle enclosures were way too small! Eagles looked depressed and couldn’t even fly around and spread their wings properly. Storks were roaming about and not in an enclosure however they can’t fly away because their wings seem to have been clipped. Deer had a bit of space but still not enough.
Written August 3, 2022
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TheShis
Tel Aviv, Israel36,124 contributions
Couples
This used to be a petting zoo and has now become a rather ugly and neglected enclosure for some mammals and birds, none of which look happy nor particularly healthy.
Sad.
Written June 28, 2019
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Callum29200
Solihull, UK37 contributions
Couples
Really pleased to see lots of rescued animals in good condition and with appropriate surroundings. While walking around Margaret island, it is worth stopping by if you like animals. Mostly rescued birds from Europe but a lot of variety and colour and it's free! You can leave a donation at the door, but seeing how well it is maintained, the zoo certainly deserves your loose change.
Written April 22, 2018
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Carol A S
Marietta, GA4,202 contributions
Since medieval times Margaret Island had deer parks and convent gardens. A petting zoo from the 1950s was renovated in 2002 by the Budapest Zoo and Botanical Garden into its present form. A large enclosure contains fallow-deer and endemic hares, a living tribute to Margaret Island's medieval history when the island was called Insula Leporum ("island of rabbits"). I especially enjoyed the waterfowl enclosure with a pond of colorful waterfowl such as white-cheeked pintails, Mandarin ducks and wood ducks paddling about. A dry grassy area had other birds such as fluffy Asian silkies, herons and storks. Other enclosures held owls, hawks and eagles which had been injured but could not be returned to the wild after veterinary care. Children were riding on ponies at a small stable. The zoo was a pleasant place to watch people (especially kids) interact with wildlife in a safe environment. The Pet Zoo on Margaret Island is open daily from 10 am to 6pm (10th of April to the 23rd of October). Many exhibits were free.
Written February 12, 2020
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rayraysworld
Warwick, UK1,832 contributions
Couples
T'was a cold day when we visited the island. On a hot day, the whole experience would have been entirely different. There's not a lot to do on a cold day so we felt the island really needed this. A welcome distraction from a fairly dull walk.
Horses, many species of ducks, birds sitting on nests and some of the biggest bunnies you will see.
Not a large sized attraction, but pretty good. We liked it.
Written April 16, 2019
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Oleg V
Cork, Ireland212 contributions
Family
When we came there it was closed (end of March). As I remember it opens in the beginning or in the middle of April. You can see pretty much of all animals from outside, mostly these are birds.
Written April 8, 2018
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CaptainK
Amman, Jordan805 contributions
Couples
Not really a zoo, it a small area with some friendly animals, some birds, peacocks, rabbits a pony and a few ducks. Kids will enjoy it. You can ride the pony and pet it as well.
Written May 29, 2017
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