Gifted Students Environmental Education Program

by The Tisch Family Zoological Gardens, the Biblical Zoo in Jerusalem
Gifted Students Environmental Education Program
Gifted Students Environmental Education Program
Gifted Students Environmental Education Program
Gifted Students Environmental Education Program
Gifted Students Environmental Education Program
Gifted Students Environmental Education Program
Gifted Students Environmental Education Program
Gifted Students Environmental Education Program
Gifted Students Environmental Education Program
Gifted Students Environmental Education Program
Gifted Students Environmental Education Program
Gifted Students Environmental Education Program
Gifted Students Environmental Education Program
Gifted Students Environmental Education Program
Gifted Students Environmental Education Program
Gifted Students Environmental Education Program
Last year's graduates
Last year's graduates

With the new school year starting in Israel at the beginning of September, the Program is also gearing up for a new year.

A number of well-attended information sessions have been held to introduce students to the Program and the successful candidates will soon receive notifications of their acceptance for this academic year.

Another new addition to the program is a new academic coordinator - Hadas Steinitz who comes with a background of studies in zoology at Tel Aviv University.

The final results of last years graduates are being collated and we hope to report back soon. (I hear that they are very, very good!)

We look forward to introducing you to the new students soon.

Rachael and the Education Team

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Another successful year of the project has been wrapped up as high-school students finished their school year on June 20th.

This year we had twelve students complete the program with research topics including: feeding and hierachy amonst chimpanzees; patterns of behavior in eagles; deer fur seasonal changes; how visitor numbers influence tiger behavior and several other interesting topics.

They presented the results of their studies at a special event, attended by zoo staff, parents, students and teachers, at the Gabi Center at the Zoo. The audience was wowed by the high level of the research and the reports.

We are already working on advertising and recruitment for next year's program and are excited to update that for the first time,  participating students will be able to undertake research at the Gottesman Family Israel Aquarium.

Have a great school vacation!

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Scientific Excellence - a core value of the Zoo
Scientific Excellence - a core value of the Zoo

Hello valued supporters!

Since we last reported to you, our students’ research projects are well underway.  A schedule of meetings has been set up with each student’s mentor, program coordinator and research supervisor stretching over the remainder of the academic year. Each mentor assists their students with setting up meetings with the keepers related to the zoo section in which they were conducting research so that they can coordinate their visits and data gathering.

The program exposes participants to the strict professional ethics of the most advanced code of animal care in the world – that of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria. This reflects one of the core values of the Zoo’s mission – animal welfare.

Another core value of the zoo is scientific excellence. The Zoo is, in effect, utilized as a living research laboratory. The research advisors take their professional commitment to the personal success of each student very seriously, encouraging participants to meet the high demands of professionalism and ethics in scientific research. The program teaches students the rules of scientific observation and field studies. This is evidenced by the high success rate of participants in completing their research and also by the consistently high average scores obtained each year (in independent grading by the Ministry of Education). 

Thank you for your continued interest in this project.

The Zoo Education Team

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The Zoo's Zoological Director mentors students
The Zoo's Zoological Director mentors students

Hello valued supporters!

As we approach the end of the calendar year, we are pleased to report that each student has chosen his/her research topic, and a zoo staff mentor has been assigned to each student. We are now in the process of setting up a schedule of meetings with the mentor, program coordinator and research supervisor stretching over the remainder of the academic year. Each mentor assists their students with setting up meetings with the keepers related to the zoo section in which they were conducting research so that they can coordinate their visits and data gathering.

In this report we would also like to emphasize that this sought-after and successful program reflects one of the core values of the Zoo’s mission – inclusion. In accordance with the Zoo’s underlying values of co-existence, pluralism and tolerance, participants are selected from diverse backgrounds and applications are considered also from non-Jerusalem residents. By respecting the values held by diverse communities, offering trilingual signage and education programs, and striving for academic distinction, the program is a model of innovative learning and continuous improvement. By encouraging open professional dialogue without gender segregation, the program promotes equal opportunities for students from diverse backgrounds who are interested in scientific research. This is underscored by the fact that participants are charged a nominal fee which does not result in the exclusion of participants from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Thank you for your continued interest in this project.

The Zoo Education Team

The Zoo's Director of Education mentors a student
The Zoo's Director of Education mentors a student
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Hello valued supporters!

As we look forward to another year of this successful program, it is fitting to reflect on the achievements of our students over the last year and since the program’s inception 7 years ago.

The results of the program speak for themselves: since the program’s inception, participants received an average result (evaluated independently by the Ministry of Education) of 96.6 out of 100. 

During the 2017-2018 academic year, the average grade was an all time high of 98.3 – a truly impressive achievement for our program. We hope that you are as proud as we are!

In addition, two of the program students were selected to join the Zoo’s annual youth exchange program to San Diego Zoo where they also presented their research findings.

Thank you for your continued interest in this project.

The Zoo Education Team

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The Tisch Family Zoological Gardens, the Biblical Zoo in Jerusalem

Location: Jerusalem, Israel - Israel
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Nicole Wexler
Jerusalem, Israel

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