The many wonders of the Tropicarium!

When you think of Budapest, words like “shark” and “tropical fish” don’t exactly spring to mind.

And yet the Hungarian Capital is home to the “Tropicarium”, a veritable shark and wildlife zoo with a 12-meter long observation tunnel to see these deadly predators up close. 

Even though its location (inside Campona Shopping Mall) is a bit off the major tourist tracks, it is definitely worth the trip.

Upon entering the Tropicarium you’ll no doubt be greeted by the sight of dozens of kids with their faces glued to the fish tanks. 
The first two rooms contain nothing but seemingly endless tanks of tropical fishes of all kinds and sizes.

Children and grown-ups alike will love the tropical rain forest section, home of the American alligator and an exceptional variety of birds and tortoises. 

To make everything look like even more realistic, a tropical rain is created artificially every 15 minutes.
Further on you’ll get to meet the pygmy marmoset, the smallest kind of monkey and a number of the deadliest snakes on earth, fortunately locked away in their terrariums!

Ever wondered what it is like to pet a ray? At the Ray Touch Aquarium you’ll be able to do just that. 

If you choose the right time for your visit, you’ll learn exactly how voracious is the appetite of sharks, snakes, alligators and monkeys by feeding them yourself!
If you’re a certified diver you can sign up for a session to swim with the six 2-meter long resident sharks. 
And since we are after all in Hungary, don’t forget to check out the section dedicated to the local fauna with several species of endangered fish.
So if you're in town with kids or you simply like admiring these remarkable animals, make sure to schedule a visit to the Tropicarium.
You can find more informationincluding directions and opening times on www.tropicarium.hu.
Oh, and don't forget to steer clear of the alligator! 

Photos courtesy of Gabriel Cenkei, Zsolt Andrasi, Ken Owen. DurhamDundee, Nikola Cuvardic and Peter Megyeri.

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