The area of operation of the HELICON LIFE+ programme is in the Jászság, since the majority of the Hungarian population lives here. Therefore, this region and the Jászberény ZOO, which operates here have special importance in the conservation of the species.
The ZOO is not only a first aid place for injured and poisoned Imperial Eagles and other raptor species, but also the starting point of the educational bike trail heading to the Imperial Eagle Visitor Centre, and hosts a permanent exhibition of the LIFE+ project made by the Patkós Stúdió (www.patkosstudio.hu).
The HELICON exhibition can be found in the building on the left side …
... after passing the main entrance (Photo: Aliz Kinter).
Core element of the show is an interactive board with dimensions of 3 X 1.5 meters. It depicts
the life of the Imperial Eagle, threatening factors (collision with vehicles, electrocution, shooting,
poisoning, tree cutting), field rescue protocol, medical treatment in the ZOO, also shows how
injured birds are recovering in the Centre followed by their release back to the wild by cool
graphic artwork and Hungarian-English captions.
Connections between the participants are emphasized by the elements
visitors can freely move on the table.
Moving parts are well visible on the board in the exhibition room.
The table shows life-size wingspans of the most precious raptors, the Imperial Eagle and the
Red-footed Falcon, as well as the commonest one , the Common Buzzard that live in the
Jászság. Visitors can compare their arm span with those wing spans and get a first-hand
experience how big they are. Also, there are three „Do you know?” instructional elements
on the board both in Hungarian and English, like everywhere else in the exhibition.
Sliding up the parts containing text the information reveals.
Silhouettes of the three raptor species are also showcased along with that of a younger
child for comparison.
Those two kinds of silhouette tables ...
... when the exhibition room was being furnished. A praxinoscope on stand can also be found
there. It sows the sequence of the movement of an Imperial Eagle hunting for suslik. As
shown in the picture, the photos of the exhibition are still waiting to be put to their
final place. (Photos: Aliz Kinter).