Under the agreement, the Debrecen Zoo will provide a venue to support the educational activities of the PAPILIO Nature and Environment Protection Association.

Hungary’s first rural zoological and botanical garden has been serving the work of educational institutions for 65 years, helping them to connect with nature and provide a place for environmental education in the heart of the Nagyerdő, the country’s oldest registered nature reserve, Zoo Debrecen said in a statement.

Zoo Debrecen, which was the first Hungarian zoo to join higher education since 2008,  has been operating as a department of the Faculty of Agriculture, Food Science and Environmental Management of the University of Debrecen. It is continuously seeking to expand this role by establishing and maintaining partnerships with new institutions, organisations and groups.

This year, as a practical location, it supports the training courses of the University of Debrecen’s János Balásházy Practical Technical School and the Faculty of Child Education and Special Education. On the 19th of October, it signed a cooperation agreement with the Transcarpathian PAPILIO Nature and Environment Protection Association.

In the framework of the cooperation, Zoo Debrecen – which has the most prominent tradition of independent zoo educators among Hungarian rural zoos, dating back some two decades – will provide a venue for the practical training and knowledge acquisition of secondary and higher education students in Transcarpathia, supporting the educational activities of the PAPILIO Nature and Environment Association, and introduces the living world of the Carpathian Basin and the work for the conservation of endangered animal species to disadvantaged students from beyond the borders of the region through zoo-educational activities and experience days.

In addition, the zoo will contribute to the expansion of the association’s zoological collection and to research activities aimed at mapping the biodiversity of the Transcarpathian region, in particular, the diversity of its insect world.

Source: dehir.hu | Facebook (Debrecen városa)

Author: Debrecen4U