When talking about the history of the Budakeszi Wildlife Park, we have to go back to as early as the beginning of the 1970s. The public could learn about the new uses of forests – using forests for public welfare – on the occasion of the resolution of the World Forestry Congress, held in Buenos Aires in 1972, which was adopted and later popularized and developed at Hungary’s proposal.
On the present site of the Wildlife Park – then known as Vörös-hegy (Red Mountain) – the restoration of the old woodlands had been finished by the 1960s, and oaky-mixed forest could evolve. Mining activity stopped near the popular tourist destination in 1974, and the necessary remediation made it possible to use the site for different purposes. The implementation and development plans were created by 1976, which aimed to create a walkable park that can present domestic species of small and big games in their natural surroundings. A 6,2km long footpath, 7 rainproof huts, 6 resting places and 13 fireplaces were created.
The Budakeszi Wildlife Park, comprising 20 hectares opened its gates to the public on 29th April, 1972. The Park – founded by the legal predecessor of the Pilis Park Forestry Ltd. – is committed to present animals – native to Europe or introduced to the Carpathian basin- in their natural habitat. Visitors can see big games – including red deer, fallow deer, roe deer, mouflons, wild boars – walk freely in the Big Game Reserve surrounding the Wildlife Park.