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KRESZ Safari

KRESZ Safari (KRESZ is the acronym for the Hungarian Highway Code) is a road safety educational event, a competition organised for 5th grade students, hosted by the Budapest Zoo. The objective is to teach the rules of the road to the children who are the young cyclist and pedestrian road users of today and the motor vehicle drivers of the future, by using the various characteristics of animals in raising awareness on different road safety issues. Thus, the zebras obviously symbolize pedestrian crossings, the cangaroos pouch the safety belts, the meercats the importance of attention and the danger of diversion while using the roads. The 8 school classes (cca. 250 students altogether) have to give proof of their knowledge both regarding animals and the rules of the road, by competing with each other to win the first prize, which is the symbolic adoption of a zoo animal.