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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The new school year began in September
The new school year began in September

Hello Jerusalem Biblical Zoo supporters!

As of September 1st, our regular education programming resumed and we continue to welcome school field trips, after school program participants, gifted students and more.

Our Zoo Bagrut high school scientific research program is well under way for the current academic year and we look forward to more excellent scientific research conducted under the supervision of our management team and graded by the Ministry of Education.

In addition, over school holidays periods, we have continued to run special educational events including a special treasure hunt game “Searching for the Vulture Eggs”, special “Meet the Keeper” talks and fun family workshops.

Even visitors who don’t participate in our educational activities take some educational lessons away with them because our signage, presentations and guides provide information in three languages – Hebrew, English and Arabic. Visitors learn 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.

Most importantly, we welcome all communities to learn together in a spirit of tolerance and co-existence.

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

The Zoo Bagrut Scientific Research Program
The Zoo Bagrut Scientific Research Program
Weekend educational programming
Weekend educational programming
Holiday educational activities
Holiday educational activities
Summer day camps foster a love of nature
Summer day camps foster a love of nature

Hello Jerusalem Biblical Zoo supporters!

This summer the milder weather (usually summer in Jerusalem is wickedly hot!) encouraged people from all of Israel's diverse communities to participate in all of the special educational programming available at the Zoo. Even general visitors take some educational lessons away with them because our signage, presentations and guides provide information in three languages – Hebrew, English and Arabic. Visitors learn 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 summer months have included:

  • Summer day camps – this year these were very well attended indeed and our education team reports on very positive work done with these youngsters in terms of raising awareness of wildlife conservation and environmental sustainability.
  • Special guided tours and feedings to deepen visitor understanding of species and habitats.
  • "Meet the Keeper" opportunities for regular visitors - to provide a platform where visitors can ask questions and learn more about the Zoo's animal care and wildlife conservation work.
  • Sunset and evening tours, as well as 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. We find that these are among the most successful tools at our disposal as we have had cross-generational attendance.
  • Our regular education programming has resumed as of September 1st and we welcome school field trips, after school program participants, gifted students and more.
  • We are currently recruiting participants for the 2016/2017 Zoo Bagrut high school scientific research program in which gifted students prepare scientific research papers graded by the Ministry of Education.

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

Visitors can observe how we work with animals
Visitors can observe how we work with animals
Sunset and evening tours - a special experience
Sunset and evening tours - a special experience
A summer packed with educational activities!
A summer packed with educational activities!
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
 

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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
$1,088 raised of $10,000 goal
 
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