You Can Save Israel's Unique Aquatic Habitats!

 
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Aerial view of the Aquarium construction site
Aerial view of the Aquarium construction site

Hello Sea Israel supporters!

We're back with another update:

Construction Update
The external progress on the Aquarium building has advanced significantly and most of the roof has been completed; all of the required materials and filters have been ordered in anticipation of beginning work on the life support systems; we are in the process of selecting a graphic and interior designer to assist with lighting and signage design; and the pipe that will transfer water to the aquarium has now been laid — one of the important stages prior to the development of the road and parking.
A big thank you to our generous stone facing suppliers have decided to donate all of the surplus stone from their inventories to this project. This stone will be used creatively throughout the building on floors and walls and will assist with keeping costs down.
Education Program Update
Now that the Education Program outline has been completed, detailed work has begun on specific programs aimed at specific ages and varied audiences.
Moving Forward
Please continue to spread the word about Israel's first aquarium - an essential educational tool to raise awareness of the challenges facing our aquatic habitats. We are excited to move closer towards finalization of this wonderful project - the best is yet to come!
Warm regards,
Nicole Wexler and Zoo/Aquarium Team
The roof
The roof's on!
Our Director on a site visit
Our Director on a site visit
Everyone
Everyone's excited!

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Visit our new website!
Visit our new website!

Hello Sea Israel Supporters! We’re back with a Winter update:

Construction Update

  • Construction has been advancing at a rapid pace with most of the outer shells in place with the major buildings.  Unfortunately, Jerusalem had an unseasonably high amount of rainfall at the start of the rainy season and we have experienced more flooding and drainage issues at the construction site in spite of the advance preparations made (including ground preparation, rock work, landscaping and additional reinforcement of the retaining walls).
  • In addition, a contractor has been selected for the installation of the life support system and work will begin on this important aspect in the near future.

Education Update

  • The new Window on the Mediterranean educational website has received almost 1,000 visitors since it launched in September. The site provides a variety of educational content on the Mediterranean Sea for all ages including write-ups, videos, cartoons, and more. Click through on the link provided below to take a look and get started on learning more about the Mediterranean Sea and all of its extraordinary creatures!
  • In addition, a comprehensive education plan for the Sea Israel Aquarium has been compiled by our expert team of educators and marine biologists. Visitors to the future aquarium will learn about the importance of the world’s oceans, seas, lakes and rivers in a variety of interesting and fun ways.

Moving Forward

  • We anticipate completing construction by the beginning of 2016. Some major challenges still lie ahead - such as tank design and theming; installation of the life support system; and system testing.
  • We are also in the midst of planning the exhibit educational material and mechanisms including signage and interactive experiences. Stay tuned for more on this later.

Please continue to spread the word about the Sea Israel Aquarium – Israel’s first aquarium and an essential educational tool to raise awareness of the challenges facing our aquatic habitats. We are looking forward to finalizing the project during the course of 2015 – the best is yet to come!

Warm regards,

Nicole Wexler and the Zoo/Aquarium Team

Developing the Aquarium Education Plan
Developing the Aquarium Education Plan
On-site progress review
On-site progress review
The construction team hard at work
The construction team hard at work
Some site flooding as a result of heavy rainfall
Some site flooding as a result of heavy rainfall

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Window on the Mediterranean
Window on the Mediterranean

Hello Sea Israel Supporters!

This Fall it’s all about education:

  • The marine education information station at the Wet Side Story exhibit was open every day for the duration of the summer school vacation and students attending our summer camp also learned about the importance of conserving aquatic habitats.
  • Our Education Department have started the process of designing education programs for the new facility so that we can hit the ground running when Sea Israel opens in 2016.
  • But most exciting of all, the first instalment of the educational website has launched! Window on the Mediterranean provides a variety of educational content on the Mediterranean Sea for all ages including write-ups, videos, cartoons, and more. Click through on the link provided below to take a look and get started on learning more about the Mediterranean Sea and all of its extraordinary creatures!

Construction Update

Construction is proceeding according to schedule and it is truly remarkable to see the buildings and tanks forming before our eyes. Take a look at the construction video in the links below to get a feel of how rapidly things are moving at the construction site.

Moving Forward

We aim to continue generating more educational content for the website which will expand in time to cover topics related to all of Israel’s aquatic habitats (also the Red Sea, freshwater habitats and the Dead Sea).

Please continue to spread the word about the Sea Israel Aquarium – Israel’s first aquarium and an essential educational tool to raise awareness of the challenges facing our aquatic habitats. We are excited to see the progress being made every day. Still, the best is yet to come!

Warm regards,

Nicole Wexler and the Zoo/Aquarium Team

Marine Education Station at Wet Side Story Exhibit
Marine Education Station at Wet Side Story Exhibit
Construction moving full steam ahead
Construction moving full steam ahead
The only way is up!
The only way is up!
Management Team Planning Meeting
Management Team Planning Meeting
Putting a face to the name:Nicole Wexler on site
Putting a face to the name:Nicole Wexler on site

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The large Red Sea tank taking shape
The large Red Sea tank taking shape

Hello Sea Israel Supporters!

It’s time to give you some more news about the progress being made on the Sea Israel Aquarium at the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo.

Support

Because of you, our campaign has passed the $10,500 mark – thank you all so much!

Construction

Construction is proceeding according to schedule and the building’s basement has been completed, walls are going up daily and the large tanks are starting to take shape.

In addition, more olive trees have been transplanted to the Aquarium grounds to get a head start on the beautiful green space that will surround the facility when it opens.

The Aquarium will continue the Biblical Zoo’s deep commitment to green standards and sustainability in its approach to construction, maintenance and operation. Natural topography allows the building to be built into the south-facing mountain side, which improves insulation and will cut down energy consumption. This will be enhanced further by the installation of a green roof covered with vegetation to absorb rainwater, provide insulation, create a habitat for wildlife, and lower the urban air temperature. As a trial run for the much larger green roof that will cover the Aquarium building, we have constructed a green roof on the rhino house in our African exhibit.

Education Programming Update

The summer school vacation begins on July 1st and we plan to run the marine education information station at the Wet Side Story exhibit every day for the duration of the school break rather than only on week-ends. Our summer camp syllabus will also contain aquatic habitat education items.

Work is almost complete on our educational website which will be unveiled at the end of the summer – stay tuned!

Going Forward

Please continue to spread the word about the Sea Israel Aquarium – Israel’s first aquarium and an essential educational tool to raise awareness of the challenges facing our aquatic habitats. We are excited to see the progress being made every day – and the best is yet to come!

Warm regards,

Nicole Wexler and the Zoo/Aquarium Team

Walls are going up!
Walls are going up!
The Green Roof on the Rhino
The Green Roof on the Rhino's house
Marine Education Station
Marine Education Station
Working on the new website
Working on the new website
Summer camp education programming example 1
Summer camp education programming example 1
Summer camp education programming example 2
Summer camp education programming example 2

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Have you heard about the Sea Israel Aquarium?
Have you heard about the Sea Israel Aquarium?

Hello Awesome Sea Israel Backers,

It’s time to give you some more information about what we’ve been up to over the last three months. We’re excited to share the highlights with you:

Support

With your support, our campaign has exceeded expectations - we now have raised well over $10,000! The Sea Israel Aquarium project continues to make progress and we couldn’t do this without you.

Construction

Following the problems caused by the blizzard in December, additional erosion occurred as a result of further rainy weather and one of the basement walls collapsed. Aside from the repair of these areas once the weather improved, our architects, civil engineers and geologists recommended the insertion of additional micropiles beneath all of the large tanks to prevent any possibility of movement or subsidence in the future. Although this is the sensible course of action to prevent any future problems, it does mean additional construction costs for the project.

On a more positive note, our exhibit theming and design is progressing very well and we can’t wait to see the planning and design come to fruition. Bringing these aquatic habitats to life for visitors will play a huge role in inspiring positive public action to save these precious ecosystems and animals.

Education Programming Update

In January we held a special Israel Arbor Day (Tu B’Shvat) event that served multiple purposes, one of which was raising awareness of the challenges facing Israel’s aquatic habitats by providing visitors with a taste of the Sea Israel Aquarium project. The event was called “Planting Our Way to the Sea” and included aquatic habitat displays and information tables where trained guides were on hand to educate visitors and answer questions.

Powering Up!

We are powered up in 2014 with a world-class team focused on building an Aquarium that exceeds your expectations. We are so excited to see this project start to take shape (just look at those construction pictures!) and cannot wait for the next opportunity to share our progress with you. Thank you all!

Warm regards,

Nicole Wexler and the Zoo/Aquarium Team

Learning more about the need for an Aquarium
Learning more about the need for an Aquarium
Learning about fascinating aquatic creatures
Learning about fascinating aquatic creatures
Our team members are excited about the Aquarium!
Our team members are excited about the Aquarium!
Artist
Artist's sketch of the Moray Eel exhibit design
Artist
Artist's sketch of large Mediterranean Sea exhibit
Artist
Artist's sketch of large Red Sea exhibit
Our Management Team on a construction site visit
Our Management Team on a construction site visit
The project taking shape
The project taking shape
Construction in progress
Construction in progress

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