You Can Save Israel's Unique Aquatic Habitats!

 
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Jun 25, 2014

Summer News from Sea Israel

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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Apr 3, 2014

Power and Progress - we're on a roll!

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
Jan 13, 2014

Sea Israel - We're Getting There

We
We're on our way to Sea Israel!

Thanks to wonderful backers like you, we have raised almost $10,000 towards the Sea Israel Aquarium! You have opened your hearts to us and we are so very grateful for your generosity and support.

The start of 2014 sees us well on our way to realizing this project. As with all journeys, the road is hardly ever smooth - but the good news is that we have an awesome team committed to bringing this project to fruition. Fortunately, challenges are also tempered by great progress being made in other areas.

Construction Update

You may have heard about the blizzard that hit Jerusalem in December 2013 - the worst in over a century. As you can imagine, here in the Middle East we're just not used to that kind of weather! Unfortunately, the blizzard hit just after the site was dug and prepared for the installation of the main pylons. A large pool of water and snow collected in the retaining area causing strain on and some collapse of the retaining walls. The flooding requires draining, and repairs will need to be made as a result of the damage. For two weeks, it was too dangerous to allow workers back on the construction site but work has now resumed. Although this will cause a delay to construction of the main aquarium facility, our team is saving as much time as possible by juggling the order of the construction schedule and working instead on the peripheral buildings such as the ticket booths and office buildings while the main site is drained and repaired.

Education Programming Update

The development of education programs is coming along nicely. We are about to launch our interactive website to provide information about local aquatic species and habitats. We’ll let you know as soon as it goes live.

Work has also begun on the design of engaging educational signage for the future aquarium.

We've started presenting aquatic habitat ecological displays and workshops at the zoo to inspire visitors to learn and do their part towards conserving our oceans, lakes, rivers and wetlands.

Looking Forward

We aim to open the doors to the Sea Israel Aquarium in 2015. We'll be sure to keep you posted on our progress, so you’re always aware of what’s happening at every stage.

Again, thanks so much for being a part of this project’s success. We are all so excited to bring such a great facility into being and – more importantly – to inspire our visitors to value the enviroment. A significant part of that success will belong to people like you, who believed in this cause from the beginning.

Warm Regards,

 Nicole Wexler and the Zoo/Aquarium Team

Educational Displays and Workshops
Educational Displays and Workshops
Education materials
Education materials
Educational signage
Educational signage
Construction site flooding
Construction site flooding
Draining and repair required...
Draining and repair required...

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Oct 28, 2013

We're on our way to SEA Israel!

Thank You, Awesome People!
Thank You, Awesome People!

We're going full steam ahead!

Thanks to wonderful backers like you, the Biblical Zoo in Jerusalem raised over $6,000 USD in a wonderfully successful GlobalGiving campaign. Thank you for supporting us in bringing the Sea Israel Aquarium to life. Because of your help, we are now taking the Aquarium project from development to construction. It's on!

And here's some more good news:

We’ve already begun aquarium staff training at the Zoo’s existing Wet Side Story exhibit so that once our magnificent aquarium animals arrive, they will be sure to receive the very best care and attention.

Our Education Department has already started education program development for young and old – every Aquarium visitor will leave having learned something about the importance of saving our oceans, lakes and rivers (even if they didn't mean to!).

Keep your eye on the prize –

We aim to open the doors to the Sea Israel Aquarium in 2015. We'll be sure to keep you posted on our progress, so you’re always aware of what’s happening at every stage.

Again, thanks so much for being a part of this project’s success. We are all so excited to bring such a great facility into being and – more importantly – to inspire our visitors to value the enviroment. A significant part of that success will belong to people like you, who believed in this cause from the beginning.

Warm Regards,

The Zoo and Aquarium Team

Enthusiastic Educators
Enthusiastic Educators
Developing Aquarium Visitor Education Programs
Developing Aquarium Visitor Education Programs
Staff Training at the Wet Side Story Exhibit
Staff Training at the Wet Side Story Exhibit
Training of Aquatic Animal Keepers
Training of Aquatic Animal Keepers
Dedicated keepers care for our precious animals
Dedicated keepers care for our precious animals
Dr. Noam Werner, Aquarium Curator
Dr. Noam Werner, Aquarium Curator
Construction Site
Construction Site
Construction in progress
Construction in progress

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