The Tisch Family Zoological Gardens, the Biblical Zoo in Jerusalem

Topreserve rare animals and species threatened with extinction. Prominently featured in the collection are animals from the Land of Israel, with special emphasis on those species mentioned in the Bible. To develop and conduct educational activities and outreach programs that will cultivate and nurture the values of nature conservation and wildlife protection among the general public; to enhance public awareness of environmental issues and encourage a love of animals. To create a rich and diversified recreational atmosphere in beautiful surroundings, which subtly promote an appreciation of nature and of the environment. To conduct research that involves the preservation, breeding, ...
Aug 2, 2016

A busy summer at the Aquarium!

Our first animals have arrived!
Our first animals have arrived!

Hello Israel Aquarium Supporters!

It has been a busy 3 months at the Aquarium.

Our sealing team has arrived to seal the tanks and ready them for being filled with water. Most exciting of all, we have filled our first large tank with water to begin the testing process of the life support systems! View the video below to experience this wonderful moment with us!

In addition, our quarantine systems have begun to run and we have received our first animals! Three blue-spotted ribbontail rays (native to the Red Sea) arrived from Lisbon Aquarium – these beautiful animals are adapting to their new life in Jerusalem and awaiting their permanent homes within the exhibits.

In addition, we received two baby zebra sharks from an aquarium in the UK. We hope that they will thrive and become iconic residents of our new aquarium.

The Israel Nature and Parks authority have also given us fish confiscated from illegal imports and so we are also caring for such exotic species as yellow-tailed/purple tangs, puffer fish, lionfish, angel fish, a moray eel and more!

We look forward to reporting on more progress in the coming months. Things are certainly happening!

With thanks and appreciation for your continued support,

Team Aquarium at the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo

Baby zebra shark
Baby zebra shark
Aug 2, 2016

Another successful year!

Animal Assisted Therapy
Animal Assisted Therapy

Hello Valued Supporters

We have just completed our ninth year of this very successful special education program!

Most of the groups served were children but we also had five groups of disabled adults. As always, our participants came from all communities: Jews, Arabs, religious and secular.

Unfortunately, the year began with serious political problems in the country. This significantly affected our program as several groups who utilize public transportation to attend the program did not attend due to parental fears for the safety of their children. However, our one Arabic-speaking therapist continued with us this year and continues to be a valuable addition to our team. Earlier this year, our team also felt tension due to the political situation. We treated complex feelings on both sides and it was an opportunity to bring together two cultures and learn from each other. Some therapists continue to treat Jewish Arab groups who came in previous years, and it gave them a chance to learn the nuances of culture in order to understand more deeply the inner world of children they cared for.

Throughout the year, we received several groups of psychologists, teachers and students who visited to learn more about Animal Assisted Therapy, most notably a group from the David Yellin College. Together with a presentation about the uniqueness of our project, these groups attended “mock” therapy sessions to experience the intensity of activities at the zoo which are usually unavailable to other programs of this nature.

According to the questionnaires that we receive from the institutions that work with us, and the conversations we have had with them, the success rate and satisfaction is extremely high. As in previous years, the majority of institutions praise the professionalism and care of our staff.

In summary, we are very pleased with the results of the last year. We have a professional team which gives maximum effort to their duties, and we are proud that so many children and adults have benefited from their participation in our program.

The Animal Assisted Therapy Team at the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo

Aug 2, 2016

Two new arrivals!

New arrivals feeding with the group
New arrivals feeding with the group

Dear Desert Tortoise Supporters,

We last reported on two eggs in our incubation center – we are very happy to report that both hatched successfully and we now have two more adorable tiny tortoises in our breeding group.

You may recall that Testudo werneri is one of the smallest tortoise species in the Mediterranean region, with a historical distribution in northeastern Egypt, Sinai, and parts of the Negev desert in Israel. Populations in Egypt are already practically extinct due to factors affecting their habitat and collection for the pet trade. Currently, T. werneri has a national Israel Red List status of Endangered and in 2003 it qualified globally for listing as Critically Endangered under current IUCN Red List Criteria.

We continue our breeding efforts in the hope of changing this dire situation in the wild.

Yours, in hope -

Team Tortoise at the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo

 
   

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