Hello Sea Israel supporters!
We're back with another update:
Hello Sea Israel Supporters! We’re back with a Winter update:
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!
Nicole Wexler and the Zoo/Aquarium Team
Hello Sea Israel Supporters!
This Fall it’s all about education:
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.
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!
It’s time to give you some more news about the progress being made on the Sea Israel Aquarium at the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo.
Because of you, our campaign has passed the $10,500 mark – thank you all so much!
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!
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!
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:
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.
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.
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.
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!
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