Did you know you can feed the animals at the Budapest Zoo? No? That’s because, normally, you’re not supposed to feed the animals at the zoo. Number one, they have their own food (in theory). Number two, some of these animals might end up eating you instead if you were to start waving your arms around with savory tidbits dangling from them.
I had wanted to visit the zoo thinking it would be a lovely activity for diplo-baby in the afternoon. Of course, she slept through pretty much our entire visit, but it was just as well since she might have ended up an afternoon snack somewhere in the African Savannahs section.
It’s the second oldest zoo in europe, and has many of the original structures to prove it, complete with figurines and carvings with turn of the century interpretations of what the original homelands of these animals looked like, which makes it really interesting and unique from an architectural perspective. And I do know that the zoo itself is very involved in conservation efforts. But the feeding…when we saw the camels eating popcorn, I thought, oh, okay. Not great, but okay. But when I saw a toddler nearly sticking his hand into the wide open mouth of a several ton hippopotamus, with just nary a few stumps of wood acting as a “fence”, I nearly had a heart palpitation. Um, more people die in Africa from hippos than from lions (I have an obsession with weird survival factoids). Hippos are dangerous. And that child was small.
So in brief, yes, definitely check out the zoo (and more importantly the park) but maybe skip feeding the animals. It’s likely best for your limbs in the long run. Then again, this sign was once found at the Budapest Zoo: PLEASE DO NOT FEED THE ANIMALS. IF YOU HAVE ANY SUITABLE FOOD, GIVE IT TO THE GUARD ON DUTY.
|Fortifications for the road.|
|Rent-a-wagons to pull your kiddies around the zoo.|
|Lots of cool playgrounds scattered around the zoo.
Please do not feed the wooden crocodile.
|When was the last time you saw a seal show? Very retro.|
|Baby goats in the petting zoo.|
|Mmm…we like popcorn.|
|Big hippo. Small fence.|
All Photography by The New Diplomat’s Wife.