Decade High Visitor Numbers for Debrecen Zoo in 2019

The Debrecen Zoo and Amusement Park ended 2019 with a combined total of more than 160,000 visitors.

The Zoo ended 2019 on a high note, announcing that it was a very successful year in terms of breeding success and new acquisitions.

This included:-

  • A reticulated giraffe
  • Mantled Guereza coat
  • several red-green and blue-yellow macaws, as in the previous year.
  • Elands
  • Ring-tailed lemurs
  • South American Tapirs

Our firm favorite of the births of the year was Simon the baby Raccoon which we previously reported on.

Baby raccoon Zoo Debrecen Today - Decade High Visitor Numbers for Debrecen Zoo in 2019

Other new additions to the zoo included

  • frilled-necked lizards,
  • Vietnamese mossy frogs
  • Yellow-headed water monitor.

Shetland ponies also arrived in the summer, so that pony rides were again possible in the amusement park between August and October.

In addition, due to a remarkable increase in the number of visitors from abroad, the mini-map of the zoo is now available in 10 languages. Guided tours in English without prior registration were also introduced.

The amusement park which is situated next to the Zoo and opposite the Football stadium also had a strong season with a number of rides previously undergoing a cosmetic renewal. In total 186,000 rides and attractions were used for 182 days during the 2019 season.

The season included numerous special events, including:

  • “Wristband Weekends” and innovations such as the
  • Children’s festival “Campus KID”
  • Historical tours during the European Heritage Days.
  • Special insight tours “Night of the Zoo”

In response to visitor feedback and modern expectations, new services such as free WiFi for guests and online ticket sales have been introduced. The park said it had carried out renovation and overhaul projects during last year, with some attractions undergoing a full renovation.

The amusement park celebrates its 60th anniversary this year so expect great things for this season.