Animal Assisted Therapy for Special Needs Children

by The Tisch Family Zoological Gardens, the Biblical Zoo in Jerusalem
Animal Assisted Therapy for Special Needs Children
Animal Assisted Therapy for Special Needs Children
Animal Assisted Therapy for Special Needs Children
Animal Assisted Therapy for Special Needs Children
Animal Assisted Therapy for Special Needs Children
Animal Assisted Therapy for Special Needs Children
Animal Assisted Therapy for Special Needs Children
Animal Assisted Therapy for Special Needs Children
Animal Assisted Therapy for Special Needs Children
Animal Assisted Therapy for Special Needs Children
Animal Assisted Therapy for Special Needs Children
Animal Assisted Therapy for Special Needs Children
Animal Assisted Therapy for Special Needs Children
Animal Assisted Therapy for Special Needs Children
Animal Assisted Therapy for Special Needs Children
Animal Assisted Therapy for Special Needs Children
Animal Assisted Therapy for Special Needs Children
Animal Assisted Therapy for Special Needs Children

Project Report | Aug 22, 2023
End of Summer 2023

By Rachael Risby Raz | International Relations Manager

Photo credit: Uriel Nuri
Photo credit: Uriel Nuri

A few examples of activities we did this year with our therapeutic groups:

Yael, one of our seasoned therapists,reports about a visit to the peccary exhibit:

“The group was excited to be responsible for feeding this South American animal (which looks a little like a pig but is not related but is also a little smelly). We had to teach them not to throw directly to the animals but to where the animals were not standing.

Also to make sure smaller, slower animals got food thrown near them as well. I had them cut up the fruit and vegetables first as part of the preparation process.

They learnt not to throw too hard, not to throw weakly because then the food can fall in the space between guard rail and electric wire. When this happened, and the food fell into "no man's land," we made an activity of constructing a utensil/ tool to retrieve the wasted fruit and vegetables in order to be able to try and throw them in to the exhibit again.”

In this example we see that the group is learning how to problem solve together as a group in the altruistic act of feeding the peccaries.

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Project Leader:
Rachael Risby Raz
Jerusalem , Israel
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