The home of tigers and leopards is being renovated October 28, 2022
The home of Siberian (also known as Amur) tigers and Persian leopards in our zoo are between the India House and the Venomous House. Two of the three enclosures are used to house the two tigers, Niva and Szása, and the third is home to the Persian leopard family. All the enclosures of course have their own internal enclosures and separation spaces.
The complex itself was created in its present form at the end of 2001. It was also the site of the former so called "lósor" (one of which is the first petting zoo in the Zoo, opened in the late 1980s), and the older double tiger cage, built in 1971. The investment - which was 80 million at the time - made it possible to increase the space available for tigers fivefold, and the replacement of the former bars and railings with armoured glass viewing windows has improved the visitor experience.
The enclosure was officially inaugurated on 20 December 2001. In the 21 years since then have of course not spared the tiger and leopard habitat, so it was high time to replace the minor repairs with a major upgrade. Work on this began in mid-October. It's only natural that while the contractors are working on the tiger enclosure, the tigers cannot stay there, but must remain in the inner enclosures. This is for the safety of the people and the safety of the tigers. At the same time, we have tried to organise the work in such a way that, so that animals are not in the indoor areas all at once, which are not open to the public. During the first week, for example, we worked mainly on the north-east end of the enclosure system, where Szása currently lives. He is therefore not visible to the public at the time of writing, but the other tiger, Niva is, and so are the Persian leopards. Our aim is to allow the public to see as many of the resident tigers as possible during the works. However, there may be a phase of work when neither the leopards nor the tigers are present. We apologise in advance and ask for the understanding of our visitors. However, we hope that, even if we are unable to show you a tiger or leopard, you will still find plenty to see in our zoo, as we have the largest number of animals of any zoo in Hungary. And there are many more big cats, namely the Asian lions, whose habitat will not be affected by the current renovations.
Thank you for your patience and understanding!