Jul 6, 2020

Summer Update 2020

Eagle Owl with Chief Keeper, Shahar
Eagle Owl with Chief Keeper, Shahar

After nearly two months of closure due to the covid-19 virus restrictions, the Zoo re-opened in mid-May under certain restrictions.

Special precautions have been put in place to protect both visitors and staff alike: face masks are mandatory at all times; special disinfection of handrails, public restrooms and other areas; closure of water fountains, indoor exhibits and exhibits with crawling tunnels (such as the prairie dogs).

Additionally, the Zoo has added a number of special stations for hand washing and water-bottle filling with non-touch, infra-red technology.

 In the Birds of Prey department, the hatching season has gone on as usual. This year we managed to have 10 successful hatchings of griffon vulture eggs. The chicks have survived and all have been adopted by couples in the aviary at the Zoo or in the National Parks in  the north.

This year we do not have any chicks being hand fed behind the scenes at the Zoo.

In the Red Kestrel exhibit, it was decided not the physically remove the eggs this year and transfer them to the National Center for Raptor Egg Incubation. The eggs in the Exhibit unfortunately did not have any successful hatchings.

I have added some pictures of a beautiful eagle owl who was brought injured to the Zoo, treated in our clinic and then transferred for release back into the wild by the Israel Parks and Nature Authority. Pictured is Shahar Kara, the Zoo's Chief Keeper.

Stay safe and healthy, 

 Rachael and the Bird Team

Jul 6, 2020

Summer Update

Visitors after the lockdown
Visitors after the lockdown

At the beginning of the covid-19 virus lockdown in Israel in mid-March, the Zoo was closed to the public for an extended period for the first time ever in its history.

As a result the therapy programs at the Zoo were also stopped.

The dedicated staff of the program continued to hold weekly staff meetings online and kept in contact with the school groups and the children, sending them videos and pictures of animals depending on the child's level.

When online schooling resumes, the staff were able to hold class sessions online with some of the schools.

After nearly two months of closure and after lobbying by the Zoo Association that we lead, the Government allowed limited visits for families with special needs kids, who had an especially difficult time under lockdown. The joy of these children being able to visit the Zoo after weeks inside their homes was something we won't forget for a long time!

The Zoo is open to the general public but with limitations on visitor numbers. Group visits have also not been allowed until this past week and it is lovely to hear the noisy sounds of children by the lake again. A number of groups came this past week and now the school year has come to a close and the summer holidays have begun.

Keep safe and stay well, 

Rachael and the AAT Team

Jul 6, 2020

Summer Update

New Frogfish
New Frogfish

As a result of the restrictions implemented by the Israel government in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Aquarium was closed to the public on March 15.

It remained closed for nearly two months and reopened with limited entry on May 6.

 

Additionally, specific requirements needed to be fulfilled in order to be able to open under a "purple permit" regulated by the Government. These requirements include a temperature check before entry for visitors and employees, the wearing of masks at all times by visitors and employees, daily health declarations by employees, hand sanitizer and regular disinfection of the public areas of the facility.

 

Entry was limited in the first stage of reopening to 30 visitors per half hour.

(The normal entry rate is 150 per half hour). In the second stage (after June 1) it went up to 100 visitors per half hour.

The entry rate at the moment is still dramatically lower than last year at the same time for a number of reasons; people are still hesitant about going to facilities that are indoors and currently we do not have any school groups visiting as many schools are not functioning as normal yet. Also we are not benefitting from the usual schools' end-of-year trips.

Now the schools have broken up for the year, we are expecting more visitors during the school holidays.

Stay Safe and Keep Well, 

 

Rachael and the Fish Guys

Aquarium Team with masks
Aquarium Team with masks
 
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