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, ...
Mar 10, 2017

Hope springs eternal

Released deer exploring their new environment
Released deer exploring their new environment

As reported previously, we postponed our planned October/November release of Persian fallow deer because of unseasonably dry weather conditions. We’re so pleased to report that we released five deer into the wild at the Nahal Soreq nature reserve (an unfenced protected area near Jerusalem) at the beginning of February.

Two of the deer were fitted with trial GPS tracking collars which should be far more accurate and easier to use than radio telemetry tracking collars. The aim is to test how well these collars work before making a decision on further expenditure (they’re rather expensive!).

We look forward to letting you know in the next report how our deer are getting on.

Thank you for being a part of this project– we appreciate your generosity and support!

With warm wishes from -

Team Fallow Deer at the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo

Fitting tracking collars prior to release
Fitting tracking collars prior to release
Anaesthetized deer placed in transportation crates
Anaesthetized deer placed in transportation crates
Happy onlookers see a deer released into the wild
Happy onlookers see a deer released into the wild
A new GPS tracking collar is tested
A new GPS tracking collar is tested
Mar 9, 2017

Winter and Spring Education Efforts

Educating about birds of prey conservation efforts
Educating about birds of prey conservation efforts

Hello Jerusalem Biblical Zoo supporters!

Since we last reported to you, our regular education programming including after school programs, school field trips, the teen research program and gifted students’ programs have continued as usual. Young people of all ages and backgrounds continue to learn in a beautiful and fun atmosphere.

In addition, over school holiday periods, we have continued to run special educational events including a special treasure hunt game “Searching for the Vulture Eggs”, special “Meet the Keeper” talks and fun family workshops.

In February we held our annual Arbor Day (Tu B’Shvat) event in which many families participated in planting new trees. This activity was accompanied by other educational activities.

We have also devoted a lot of effort towards publicizing in our written publications, website and on social media of the wildlife conservation efforts we are involved in – including a special vulture breeding and reintroduction program.

Even visitors who don’t participate in our educational activities take some educational lessons away with them because our signage, presentations and guides provide information in three languages – Hebrew, English and Arabic. Visitors learn about our fascinating animals and the habitats they come from as well as about the important work being done towards conserving our precious natural environments. Visitors also learn more about how they can be kinder to the environment and live greener lives every day.

Most importantly, we welcome all communities to learn together in a spirit of tolerance and co-existence.

Thank you for being a part of our efforts to educate our community in an atmosphere of inclusion and tolerance.

The Education Team at the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo

The Zoo
The Zoo's Educational Magazine
Hanukkah holiday educational activities
Hanukkah holiday educational activities
After school program flyer
After school program flyer
Arbor Day activities
Arbor Day activities
Jan 26, 2017

Winter News

Team members examine a griffon vulture
Team members examine a griffon vulture

Hello birds of prey supporters,

We last reported to you about an incident involving a griffon vulture imported from Spain to bolster our local population. Over recent months, the Jerusalem Zoo has assisted the Israel Nature and Parks Authority in its efforts to import more individuals to further populate the wild in Israel and to increase our local genetic pool.

60 vultures were brought in from Spain, Armenia and Cyprus and the Jerusalem Zoo assisted by acting as a quarantine center for the birds before their release. While here, our staff examined the birds for disease and injury and gave them some TLC.

Most of these birds have been transferred to the Nature and Parks Authority for release and we look forward to reporting on more successes soon!

Thank you for your continued support of this important wildlife conservation project.

The Avian Team at the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo

Griffon vultures in quarantine at the Zoo
Griffon vultures in quarantine at the Zoo

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