Nov 2, 2020

Fall Update 2020

Tiger section on the Zoo's new website
Tiger section on the Zoo's new website

The Zoo has now been closed to visitors for five weeks during the second lockdown in Israel this year.

This means that again during one of the most popular times of the year at the Zoo, the Jewish High Holidays of Rosh HaShanah and Succot, the Zoo has been empty.

Obviously, this has had a devastating effect on the Zoo's income which is based mainly on ticket sales.
The faithful staff continues to care for the animals and grounds. Unlike in many other places, the Zoo's expenses do not go down significantly during these periods as there are still animals to feed and care for and maintenance to be done.

The Zoo, as the lead organization in the Israeli Zoos Association, together with the Ramat Gan Safari Park and other zoos in the country, has been lobbying in the Knesset committees and in the media to allow for the re-opening of the zoos under restrictions and protocols that allow for the safety of staff and visitors in during the covid-19 situation.

There are no new updates on the tiger front - they are enjoying the quiet at the Zoo at the moment.

Here are some fun facts about tigers:

The tiger has longer hind limbs than forelimbs, which allow it to leap.

Unlike most other cat species, tigers love the water.

Tigers are very powerful swimmers. They can cross rivers that are up to 5 miles (8 km) wide.

No two tigers have the same stripe pattern.

A tiger can eat up to 85 pounds(39 kg) of meat at one sitting.

Tiger cubs weigh only about 2.4 pounds (1 kg) at birth.

A tiger’s eyesight is said to be six times better than a human’s.

White tigers get their color from a mutation in their genes.

(Source: https://answersingenesis.org/mammals/purring-cats-and-roaring-tigers/)

Oct 27, 2020

Fall Report 2020

Group visiting the Zoo
Group visiting the Zoo

As in many places around the world, the Jerusalem Zoo and the Israel Aquarium have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

For the first time in the Zoo's history, we were required to close our gates to visitors for some 50 days during the first lockdown in Israel in mid-March.

As a result, the 2019-2010 school year was a very challenging and extraordinary year.

We started the year as usual with a similar number of groups as in the previous year but all our activities were postponed immediately with the closing of the education system in Israel.

Overall 7,868 children in groups from the Arab-speaking population visited the Zoo in this past year.

This is unfortunately 60% less than last year's numbers.

On a positive note, this year we managed to hold some important continuing education and team-building activities for the Arabic-speaking guiding team. These included a visit to the Steinhardt Museum of Natural History in Tel Aviv and special training sessions learning about each animal group.

Keep healthy, 

Rachael and the Education Team

One of our guides
One of our guides
Oct 27, 2020

Fall Update 2020

Due to the outbreak of the Covid-19 virus worldwide, the 2009-2010 school year was a very challenging and extraordinary year. We started the year as usual with groups from all sectors and populations but from mid-March, immediately after the Purim holiday, all our activities and treatments were postponed immediately and unexpectedly.

This year we were able to add another therapist from the Arab sector to our team and two more groups from the Afak School in Zur Baher. This is something we have been trying to do for several years but without success. We are now planning to add more groups from the Arab sector next year.

Also this year, for the first time a male therapist has joined us on the team. Thus we now have a person who serves as a positive role model for the children. We saw that his presence was a healing experience for children coming from high-risk families.

In addition to this employee, we hired another new therapist this year. She too intends to continue with us next year. Except for one staff member, the rest of the team continued from previous years.

Keep Healthy, 

Rachael and the AAT Team.

 
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