Photographer's Note

The entrance of the Budakeszi Wildlife Park

"The park is situated on the border between Budapest and Budakeszi. In this area the dominant north-westerly winds blowfresh air to the forests of the community. Thus the forests of the valleys at the edge of Budapest, surrounding Budakeszi are of special importance. Not very long ago the area used to be the recreational place for famous people. Signs used to advertise the privilege of the crowned few - "Forbidden crown land!"
The Budakeszi Wildlife Park was opened to the public in 1979, the International Children's Year. The 327 hectares are fenced in. The Pilis Forest Park Corporation established a "public utility" organization for the management of the central area of the Wildlife Park in 1997. In these almost 26 hectares, one can find the public parking lot, rest area, fire pits, wildlife showing area, and the starting point for the various trails.
Over twenty years have passed in the life of the Wildlife Park. Now we would like to renew and beautify the park, and revive the tradition of admiring nature. Our goals and future plans are formed by the demands of our visitors. Thus in addition to developing a variety of family-and sprt-oriented programs, we also aim to present wildlife that are indigenous in Hungary and Europe, and educate people about nature in a natural, forest setting. Our scale of values is determined by the protection and preservation of landscape values, and through our unique condition we would like to contribute to the fundamental norms of social living."

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