The Victoria House was not named after a lady or the word that symbolizes victory, but an extraordinary plant, the Victoria amazonica, the Amazon water lily. Its leaves can reach a diameter of 2 to 3 meters in its natural habitat, in the slow-flowing tributaries of the River Amazon.
The House does not only contain a collection of the tropical animals but also of the plants typical of the zone; the visitors can admire amazing parrot flowers and rare palm tree varieties here. In one corner of the building, we can see a plantation of cocoa and coffee shrubs, banana, orange, and lemon trees, a vanilla plant, a pineapple, and sugar cane, and get to know the plants, not just the fruits we usually eat.
The visitors have the first “animal” experience when they enter the huge aviary where they are immediately greeted by a tropical cacophony.
The Victoria House gives home to the zoo’s armoured reptiles: the visitors can see the huge American alligators almost up close as they walk through a special glass corridor.
An aqua terrarium system with freshwater animals is like the Amazon River cut in half — we can see the busy life in the river and on the riverbank.
The realm of the colorful fish and rare reptiles is made even more magical by the tropical jungle-like vegetation and the mysterious fog, and we can observe the world’s smallest monkeys among the leaves.
Although the Victoria House mainly shows the fauna and the flora of South America, the visitors can also see Asian and African species, many of which are on the verge of extinction, such as the Sumatran tiger, because only a total of 400 such tigers live in the wild. Including the striped big cat, 4 tiger subspecies can already be seen in the Sóstó Zoo.
There is a special museum-like showroom near the exit of the Victoria House. The permanent zoo exhibitions are also a novelty for visitors. József Párniczky's collection of hundreds of insects is a real curiosity, similar to the collection of shells and snails exhibited opposite to it.