New residents arrived at the palm house of the Debrecen Zoo

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The Debrecen Zoo celebrates the Day of Zoo Friends with the arrival of new, special palm house residents – said dr. Gergely Sándor Nagy managing director.

As an international initiative, we celebrate Zoo Lovers Day every year on April 8, drawing attention to the special relationship between zoos and their visitors. A visit to the zoo is not only an unforgettable experience but also a responsible and conscious choice of values, as we support the well-being of the zoo residents and the species conservation, education and research activities of the institutions by redeeming our tickets. The country’s first rural zoo, the Debrecen Zoo, can now provide the good news that the Palm House, which showcases the exotic wildlife of the tropics, has recently thrived on several real zoo curiosities.

One of the newcomers is a female Philippine striped varanus (Varanus cumingi) who came as a potential mate from the Cologne Zoo to his cohabitant who has been living in the civic city since 2019. With its arrival, it is hoped that in the future the institution will be able to reproduce this species, which can only be seen in Hungary in Debrecen.

The good news for those who like to find an animal is a playful task in itself, that after a few years they will be able to meet giant migratory leaves (Phyllium giganteum) again after reopening. Indigenous to the Malaysian Peninsula and North Borneo, the species is the largest member of the migratory leaf family and, like its relatives, is characterized by a masterful disguise for its leaf-like appearance.

The country’s largest collection of arrow poison frogs is now augmented by five Anthony arrow poison frogs (Epipedobates anthonyi) who came from the Amsterdam Zoo. They are relatively rare among European zoos, and so far we have not been able to meet them in any of the domestic institutions. This small, 2-2.5 cm long arrow poison frog species is native to tropical arid forests in southwestern Ecuador and northwestern Peru, and is listed on the IUCN Red List due to habitat degradation and is listed in CITES Convention II. can also be found in the Communication.


Debrecen Zoo and Amusement Park

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