The Budapest Zoo is home to 8,807 animals of 856 species, which makes the collection one of Europe’s most diverse, the zoo said. A total of 131 species of mammal, 152 species of bird, 125 species of reptile, 32 species of amphibian and 204 species of fish are on display at the zoo. There are also 206 species of invertebrate, around half of which are insects, it said.
Adolf Lendl, who headed the zoo between 1911 and 1919, was the first director who made efforts to present a diversity of species and was thus 50 years ahead his time, the zoo said, adding that this applies when it comes to plants, of which there are more than 4,000.
Budapest Zoo occupies 17th place on the Sheridan list of top zoos in Europe, level with Copenhagen and Dublin.