Education as a Bridge Between Communities

by The Tisch Family Zoological Gardens, the Biblical Zoo in Jerusalem
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Education as a Bridge Between Communities
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Education as a Bridge Between Communities
Education as a Bridge Between Communities
Education as a Bridge Between Communities
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Education as a Bridge Between Communities
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Summer camp participants see the lion's den
Summer camp participants see the lion's den

Hello Jerusalem Biblical Zoo supporters!

Since we last reported to you, our regular education programming came to an end at the end of June and special summer educational activities took place during July and August. Our summer activities included:

- special “Meet the Keeper” talks

- guided tours, including evening and night tours

- animal enrichment activities both for the benefit of the animals and to educate visitors about animal welfare

- the living classroom at the Children’s Zoo and petting zoo

- information stations – this year we focused on invasive species (using the northern palm squirrel as an example) and the impact of man on species with limited distribution (using the iguana as an example).

- tours of the new Israel Aquarium, Jerusalem focusing on the protection of our precious marine habitats

- reintroducing indigenous species (such as birds of prey, diving ducks and fallow deer) back into the wild and using these events as an educational tool to raise awareness about wildlife conservation

In addition, we had a bumper summer camp registration and hundreds of children used the summer opportunity to learn more about animals, science and nature conservation.

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

Giraffe feeding demonstration and talk
Giraffe feeding demonstration and talk
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Spring fun and learning at the Jerusalem Zoo
Spring fun and learning at the Jerusalem Zoo

Hello loyal supporters!

Since we last reported to you, we have continued our regular education programming as well as special programs for holiday periods which attract people to visit the Zoo, mingle and learn together about wildlife conservation in a spirit of acceptance and co-existence.

In April, during the Spring school holidays, we piloted a new and very special interactive family activity that connected our visitors to the wildlife conservation work we do here at the zoo. Visitors were provided with a map of the zoo and had to follow the clues and complete tasks and activities throughout the zoo in order to complete the mission. The tasks and activities included hands-on experiences included watching nesting birds of prey through powerful binoculars; and ziplining down a steep incline to save an endangered species, to name a few.

The activity was incredibly popular and we were pleased that we were able to connect so many families to the wildlife conservation efforts of the zoo – this raises awareness of the challenges faced by local species and encourages people to work together to save them and their habitats.

Currently we are taking registrations for our summer camp and look forward to another season of fun and learning.

We are also running a campaign asking visitors to recreate their childhood photographs at the zoo which will be displayed later in the year. We hope that this will make people aware of how all of Jerusalem’s diverse communities have grown together at the zoo.

Thank you for continuing to support our important community education work here in Jerusalem!

List of Spring educational activities at the zoo
List of Spring educational activities at the zoo
Photo re-creation campaign
Photo re-creation campaign
Summer camp registration
Summer camp registration
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Weekend educational activities at Jerusalem Zoo
Weekend educational activities at Jerusalem Zoo

Hello loyal supporters!

Since we last reported to you, we have continued our regular education programming as well as special programs for holiday periods which attract people to visit the Zoo, mingle and learn together about wildlife conservation in a spirit of acceptance and co-existence.

In December, we presented a special Hanukkah holiday program which included workshops about nocturnal animals, and animal enrichment activities at the Zoo.

In January we celebrated national Arbor Day (Tu B’Shvat) with tree planting activities accompanied by educational workshops for the whole family on the importance of forests.

In March we will celebrate the Purim holiday with yet more educational activities including visitor participation in animal enrichment and feedings.

Thank you for continuing to support our important community education work here in Jerusalem!

Hanukkah holiday educational activities
Hanukkah holiday educational activities
Arbor Day Educational Activities
Arbor Day Educational Activities
Purim holiday educational activities - coming soon
Purim holiday educational activities - coming soon

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An Arabic-language school at the Zoo
An Arabic-language school at the Zoo

Hello Jerusalem Biblical Zoo supporters!

Since we last reported to you, our regular education programming for the new year began in September. This programming includes 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 ina beautiful and fun atmosphere.

We are also working on a very special holiday education program for the Hanukkah school break which is coming up in December.

In this report we would like to draw your attention to a very special education program of which we are very proud.

Because the Zoo is one of the only places in Israel that attracts visitors from all segments of the population, we are in a unique position to spread our nature conservation message. Some years ago, the Zoo decided to address the fact that visitors from the Israeli-Arab, Palestinian and ultra-orthodox Jewish communities visit with a recreational motivation without taking advantage of the many educational tools available. Accordingly, the Zoo began reaching out to the respective education frameworks to encourage them to use the Zoo as an educational resource. The Zoo built a zoo visit experience based on linking the Zoo’s messaging with the schools’ curricula. From a practical standpoint, this includes working with the principals and teachers to demonstrate the importance of a visit with more value; building a team of educator guides; and preparing workshops and educational materials. We also decided that, because education is so important, we would create a financial incentive for participation in the program and provide discounted admission rates together with a free educator guide, provided that group tours are scheduled in advance with the Zoo’s education department. This attractive offer and allows the Zoo to reach participants with more in-depth educational messaging. 

In practical terms, program activities include education about wildlife conservation and sustainability issues and the role of zoos; information about the behavior and habitats of specific animals; and an explanation that wildlife conservation knows no political boundaries. Materials are prepared according to age group and the Zoo visit is accompanied by various interactive activities aimed at engaging the participants. Materials are reviewed on a half-yearly basis and updated with a change in content and focus for the benefit of repeat visits. In addition, where schools request specific topics to be covered to fit with their curricula, the Zoo obliges and special workshops can be held on requested subjects. Overall, it is important to strike a balance between recreation and education since the majority of learning during our lifetimes is done in informal settings with interactive experiences. In addition, the program encourages schools to take responsibility for the application of the lessons learned at the Zoo in the daily lives of students – for example, by adopting wildlife conservation projects or animals; or implementing sustainability initiatives like recycling and measures to reduce their carbon footprint.

This has become one of our most well-attended programs and we are delighted to be able to reach so many young people from all of Jerusalem’s diverse communities.

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

Fun and learning at the Zoo
Fun and learning at the Zoo
Getting up close and personal with the animals
Getting up close and personal with the animals
Learning about elephants and the threats they face
Learning about elephants and the threats they face
Learning about the wonders of nature
Learning about the wonders of nature
Learning to observe the beauty around us
Learning to observe the beauty around us
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A summer of fun and learning at the Jerusalem Zoo
A summer of fun and learning at the Jerusalem Zoo

Hello Jerusalem Biblical Zoo supporters!

Since we last reported to you, our regular education programming came to an end at the end of June and special summer educational activities took place during July and August. Our summer activities included:

- special “Meet the Keeper” talks

- guided tours, including evening and night tours

- animal enrichment activities both for the benefit of the animals and to educate visitors about animal welfare

- the living classroom at the Children’s Zoo and petting zoo

-  information stations – this year we focused on African predators and prey; and reptiles

- a fascinating workshop about the in honor of the opening of the new Israel Aquarium, Jerusalem about the sea and the creatures living in it

In addition, we had a bumper summer camp registration and hundreds of children used the summer opportunity to learn more about animals, science and nature conservation. Our summer camp participants also got to have a sneak preview of the new Israel Aquarium which has not yet opened to the public.

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

Guided educational summer tours
Guided educational summer tours
Educational Photography Exhibition
Educational Photography Exhibition
More about the educational photography exhibit
More about the educational photography exhibit
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Location: Jerusalem, Israel - Israel
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