Mar 10, 2020

Spring Update 2020

Friday is a popular day at the Zoo for all the different segements of society who visit.

It is not a full work day for either the Arab or the Haredi populations and hence is a day where lots of families come and visit the Zoo for a few hours.

The Zoo runs special activities on Fridays which sometimes include musical performances, special feedings and other activities.

Throughout winter, every month there was an emphasis on a different animal for Fridays, with feedings, enrichment activities and information.

The latest holiday at the Zoo was for the Jewish festival of Tu B'Shvat which was celebrated with a range of activities that were suitable for all communities.

This year it was decided to plant mature trees in areas adjacent to the lake and in the grassy picnic area opposite the flamingos. This is instead of smaller saplings that were planted in previous years. Trees planted were: Redbud (Klil HaHoresh in Hebrew), Mulberry (fruitless) and Planeleaf Mulberry (fruitless).

Participants also did craft activities, making animals using natural materials such as pine cones, leaves and clay and decorated the pots of the small plants that the Zoo handed out to visitors who attended the activities.

In the spirit of the holiday, a variety of dried fruits were offered as refreshment at the event.

Stay healthy,

Rachael and the Education Team.

Mar 10, 2020

Spring Update 2020

The new Chinese Muntjac baby
The new Chinese Muntjac baby

Spring is just around the corner and there is no exciting news from Hannah and Avigdor!

We are hoping the warmer weather will add to the feeling of love in the air.

Adjacent to the Tiger enclosure, is the Chinese Muntjac exhibit. These small deer are characterized by their relatively short horns and long canine teeth that they use for defense.

In the Asian forests, deer are the main prey of tigers. The disappearance of deer is one of the reasons for the disappearance of tigers and one of the hurdles for the recovery of the species.

If we manage to protect deer, we will contribute to the conservation of tigers at the same time!

Stay healthy!

Rachael and the Tiger Team

Mar 10, 2020

Spring Update 2020

Flyer of holiday activities
Flyer of holiday activities

The Aquarium has had a very successful year in 2019 and we look forward to learning and capitalizing on this success in the new year. Overall for the year 2019, total visitor numbers were 316,480. (In 2018: 258,270.)

In both the Succot and Hanukah vacations which took place during this past quarter, the Aquarium ran a number of successful activities related to the holidays.

These included workshops for all the family and information booths with guides. For example, the information booth in Hanukah was called : Eight Days of Hanukah and Eight Octopus Arms.

The Aquarium was delighted to host recently, Oklahoma Aquarium biologists, Amy Alexopoulos, Lead Aquarist of Marine Fishes, and Ann Money, Director of Research and Education, for a week of collaboration and learning. The visit was most successful and the Aquarium team benefited immensely from their insight and experience.

The Aquarium will work to further strengthen the ties between the two institutions and communities. We hope to be able to send more staff for training in Tulsa this coming year as well as work to create a relationship with the local Jewish community centered around the aquariums.

Stay healthy!

Rachael and the Aquarium Israel Team

Visiting aquarist and Jerusalem staff member
Visiting aquarist and Jerusalem staff member
Triggerfish
Triggerfish
 
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