Education
 Israel
Project #16699

Education as a Bridge Between Communities

by The Tisch Family Zoological Gardens, the Biblical Zoo in Jerusalem
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Peter & the Wolf come to the Zoo!
Peter & the Wolf come to the Zoo!

Hello Jerusalem Biblical Zoo supporters!

Spring and Summer are busy periods here at the Zoo with people from all of Israel's diverse communities coming out to enjoy the warmer weather. While they are here, we take every opportunity to educate them in a fun and beautiful atmosphere about our fascinating animals and the habitats they come from as well as about the important work being done towards conserving our precious natural environments. Visitors also learn more about how they can be kinder to the environment and live greener lives every day.

Special education events over the last three months have included:

  • Special Passover/Easter programs including dramatic performances, family workshops and guided animal enrichment.
  • The completion of the 2015/2016 Zoo Bagrut high school scientific research program in which gifted students prepare scientific research papers graded by the Ministry of Education.
  • A European Association of Zoos Academy training course on how to more effectively communicate biodiversity to visitors was presented at the Jerusalem Zoo and attended by zoo keepers and educators from all over Israel.
  • A nature photography course for amateur photographers.
  • A special performance of the Israel Festival's "Peter & the Wolf" - including a wildlife conservation talk delivered by a zoo educator about the tension between human beings and wild animals - turning the classic tale into a very effective educational tool. 
  • We are busily planning our summer education activities including summer camps, special guided tours and feedings, sunset and evening tours, and sleepovers. These activities are so much more than a recreational visit – our guides make use of every opportunity to engage visitors and to educate them about wildlife conservation and environmental sustainability.
  • Between the holidays, our regular education programming continues and we continue to welcome individuals, families and groups of all ages and from all over the country who participate in our many different educational opportunities.

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

European Association of Zoos Academy course
European Association of Zoos Academy course
A Zoo Bagrut student presenting a research paper
A Zoo Bagrut student presenting a research paper
Nature Photography Course
Nature Photography Course
Passover Educational Activities
Passover Educational Activities
Visitors enjoy a modern take on the classic story
Visitors enjoy a modern take on the classic story
Educational family workshop on Arbor Day
Educational family workshop on Arbor Day

Hello Jerusalem Biblical Zoo supporters!

As usual, Spring is a busy time here at the Zoo with people from all of Israel's diverse communities coming out to enjoy the warmer weather. While they are here, we take every opportunity to educate them in a fun and beautiful atmosphere about our fascinating animals and the habitats they come from as well as about the important work being done towards conserving our precious natural environments. Visitors also learn more about how they can be kinder to the environment and live greener lives every day.

Spring activities began with our annual arbor day celebrations during which trees were planted near the area where the new aquarium facility is being built. Israel is the only country in the world that ended the last century with a net gain of trees and so every year we encourage visitors to continue this wonderful tradition. Visitors were also treated to an arts and crafts workshop using natural materials collected from around the Zoo – thus reinforcing the idea of re-using and recycling materials.

Last week, we celebrated the annual Purim holiday, during which it is traditional to dress up in costume. Special educational workshops and guided activities showed visitors the importance of enriching the lives of animals kept in captivity through special healthy treats, toys and activities that keep their brains active and increase their quality of life.

In a few weeks, we will be offering special Passover/Easter programs including dramatic performances, family workshops and guided animal feedings.

Between the holidays, our regular education programming continues and we continue to welcome individuals, families and groups of all ages and from all over the country who participate in our many different educational opportunities.

Wishing you all a happy Spring season - stay tuned for summer news in our next report.

The Education Team at the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo

Families from Jerusalem
Families from Jerusalem's diverse communities
Families from Jerusalem
Families from Jerusalem's diverse communities
Special Animal Enrichment Activities for Purim
Special Animal Enrichment Activities for Purim
Special Animal Enrichment Activities for Purim
Special Animal Enrichment Activities for Purim
Arbor Day Activities Notice
Arbor Day Activities Notice
Purim Activities Notice
Purim Activities Notice
Spring weekend educational activities
Spring weekend educational activities
After school programs at the Zoo
After school programs at the Zoo

Hello Jerusalem Biblical Zoo supporters!

The start of the new school year is always exciting with the return of many groups from schools and kindergartens across the country who bring their students here for field trips and activities that are tailored to the various school syllabi, including special programs for Ultra Orthodox Jewish and Arabic-language groups.

Our special high school research graduation program began with a new group of gifted young researchers in their final year of high school who will complete a high level research project of their choice approved by the Ministry of Education.

In addition, our after school programs for the new school year have begun – we are pleased to report that registration numbers have been very good and we look forward to another year of fun and learning with youngsters who love animals and want to learn more about nature.

Because rainy winter weather sometimes impacts upon the number of groups who schedule educational outings to the zoo during this period, we continue to offer alternatives including bringing the zoo to schools, kindergartens, community centers, shopping malls, and more – our traveling Zoomobile brings the Zoo’s educational message out into the community so that even when people don’t come to us, we don’t stop getting our message about wildlife conservation, animal welfare and environmental sustainability out to them.

We also continue our outreach efforts with educational weekend activities. Every weekend, families can watch our trainers train and work with the Asian elephants. Animals training allows our keepers to work safely with these animals to ensure their health and welfare - for example, training allows medical treatment and procedures to be carried out safely and without the need for anaesthesia. After the training presentation, the public can participate in a raffle to have their photograph taken with an elephant. All proceeds go the the Lampang Elephant Hospital in Thailand as part of the Jerusalem Zoo's participation in the international conservation program for this endangered species. Zoos participate by breeding these animals and other organizations help them in their native habitats. The raffle is another opportunity to educate and involve our visitors with the conservation of this species.

Wishing you all warmth this winter, and a very happy and healthy 2016!

The Education Team at the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo

Weekend educational activities at the Zoo
Weekend educational activities at the Zoo
A donation is made to a Thai Elephant Hospital
A donation is made to a Thai Elephant Hospital
Special exhibitions and programs
Special exhibitions and programs
Many people joined our special summer activities
Many people joined our special summer activities

Hello Jerusalem Biblical Zoo supporters!

We experienced an extraordinarily hot summer in Jerusalem this year. It was also punctuated by a very challenging dust storm that lasted for a week!

Nevertheless, people from all of Israel's diverse communities visited us to enjoy the beautiful green space, see the fascinating animals and, most importantly, to learn more about wildlife conservation and environmental sustainability.

Visitors were able to attend educational plays, workshops - all with an environmental message; as well as a daily "Meet the Keeper" presentation where a different animal keeper shared what working with animals at the zoo entails, the wildlife conservation and animal welfare ethos that underlines everything we do, and more.

This year many visitors also attended our evening and sunset tours - special group activities highlighting different types of animals and their conservation challenges.

Now that the summer is over, we look forward to resuming our regular education schedule - we'll tell you more about that next time!

With gratitude for your continuing support,

The Zoo Team

Summer Visitor Educational Activities
Summer Visitor Educational Activities
"Meet the Keeper" educates about animal welfare
"Meet the Keeper" educates about animal welfare
An Ultra Orthodox Jewish school field trip
An Ultra Orthodox Jewish school field trip

Hello Jerusalem Biblical Zoo supporters!

As usual, the Spring and early Summer season has been a busy time here at the Zoo with people from all of Israel's diverse communities visiting in large numbers to enjoy the beautiful green space, see the fascinating animals and, most importantly, to learn more about wildlife conservation and environmental sustainability.

As the Jerusalem weather got warmer, more and more schools and other institutions have sent groups to the Zoo for field trips. We are very proud to be able to offer guided school field trips tailored especially for our two largest communities: the Jewish Ultra Orthodox and the Arabic-speaking communities in and around Jerusalem. Both of these communities have particular needs and so, with the assistance of generous donors like you, we are able to provide allow school groups to visit the Zoo for heavily discounted admission fees – and, in addition, we provide a FREE education guide. Our view is that this encourages schools to use the Zoo as an educational resource and not merely as a recreational outing and, by providing a guide, we can ensure that the students receive information about wildlife conservation and environmental sustainability issues. We are pleased to report that many schools have taken advantage of this opportunity and between September 2014 and June 2015, we received almost 40,000 participants in these special education programs!

At the beginning of July, our summer day camp opened and we are pleased to once again welcome hundreds of elementary school children for what is widely considered to be one of the best educational camp experiences in Jerusalem.

The Zoo will also be busy with many other special educational activities and events over the course of the summer – stay tuned for details in our next report!

Wishing you all a wonderful summer of fun and learning,

The Education Team at the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo

An Arabic-language school field trip
An Arabic-language school field trip
Summer Camp at the Zoo
Summer Camp at the Zoo
 

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The Tisch Family Zoological Gardens, the Biblical Zoo in Jerusalem

Location: Jerusalem, Israel - Israel
Website: http:/​/​www.jerusalemzoo.org/​
Project Leader:
Nicole Wexler
Jerusalem, Israel
$1,070 raised of $10,000 goal
 
 
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$8,930 to go
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