Environment
 Israel
Project #14545

You Can Save Israel's Unique Aquatic Habitats!

by The Tisch Family Zoological Gardens, the Biblical Zoo in Jerusalem
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Installing the underwater tunnel
Installing the underwater tunnel

Hello Israel Aquarium Supporters!

So much has been happening these past months, we hardly know where to begin! Here are the most exciting highlights of what has been happening recently:

  • The last and most imporessive of the acrylic tank “window” panels have been installed on site. The very large Mediterranean Sea exhibit panel and underwater tunnel are a first in terms of size and design in Israel. The large panel is some 4 meters high and will be a breathtaking experience for visitors.
  • The Breeding and Quarantine area system installation is complete and systems are now being tested with a view to operation.
  • Construction of the access road and parking for the facility is well underway.
  • The iconic fish facade of the buildling has been installed.
  • Last but certainly not least, the first tank has been filled with water!! See the videos below to witness this exciting moment.

We look forward to reporting on more progress in the coming months. Things are certainly happening!

With thanks and appreciation for your continued support,

Team Aquarium at the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo

The installation of the largest panel is complete
The installation of the largest panel is complete
Installation of the building
Installation of the building's iconic fish facade
Construction of access road and parking
Construction of access road and parking

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Our new name and logo!
Our new name and logo!

It has been full steam ahead at the Aquarium construction site these past months! Progress is visible daily.

The most exciting news we have for this report is that an official decision has been taken regarding the name of the new Aquarium:

The Gottesman Family Israel Aquarium, Jerusalem

– and we now have a logo that will soon become recognizable as the mark of one of Israel’s leading wildlife education and conservation institutions

As far as construction and other progress is concerned, we’re pleased to report that:

  • Most of the acrylic tank “window” panels have been installed on site. This was a task of some magnitude as the panels are large and heavy and need to be handled with the utmost care. The only remaining panels are the very large Mediterranean Sea exhibit panel and underwater tunnel plus some miscellaneous smaller tanks. We are expecting the shipment to arrive in the coming weeks. This is very significant because, once the last of these panels has been installed, we will be able to close the roof of the building, complete the waterproofing and sealing of the tanks, and fill the tanks with water for the first time!
  • The Breeding and Quarantine area is almost complete with the installation of all of the holding tanks.
  • The tank interiors are rapidly taking shape with the backdrop designs being implemented daily.
  • Educational signage content and design is continuing – a very important process because the entire mission of this project is to educate visitors about the importance of valuing and conserving our precious aquatic habitats.

We look forward to reporting on more progress in the coming months.

With thanks and appreciation for your continued support,

Team Aquarium at the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo

The huge acrylic window panels arrive on site
The huge acrylic window panels arrive on site
Installing acrylic window panels for each tank
Installing acrylic window panels for each tank
Breeding and quarantine facility almost complete!
Breeding and quarantine facility almost complete!
Tank interior theming in progress
Tank interior theming in progress
Interior of the large Red Sea exhibit is complete
Interior of the large Red Sea exhibit is complete
The iconic seahorse sculpture
The iconic seahorse sculpture

As Fall arrives in Jerusalem, we’re pleased to provide you all with another update:

Some boring but important progress:

  • All life support system equipment has been delivered to the site and installation of these complicated and essential systems has begun.
  • We are expecting delivery of the very large Mediterranean Sea exhibit tank window (a huge optical acrylic panel that will be lowered into place from above by a crane) in the coming two months.
  • The Breeding and Quarantine area is showing significant progress with the installation of the first large fiberglass holding tank.
  • The kitchen and lab facilities are almost complete.

The exciting stuff:

  • Tank theming design implementation is continuing and enormous progress can be seen in both the Red Sea exhibit and the Four Seas of Israel Gallery.
  • Work has begun on the design and content of educational signage in the facility.
  • Our graphic design team has taken the first steps towards branding the facility in terms of a suitable name, logo, etc. – stay tuned for the big unveiling!
  • A generous private donor has donated an iconic seahorse sculpture to the Aquarium entrance plaza – this colorful and distinctive piece will delight visitors for years to come.
  • Most exciting of all, our first animals have been born in an Aquarium in the UK! They are awaiting transportation to Israel once suitable facilities are in place for us to receive them.

Please continue to spread the word about Israel’s first aquarium and an essential educational tool to raise awareness of the challenges facing our aquatic habitats.

Warm regards,

Team Aquarium at the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo

Completed rockwork for one of the exhibits
Completed rockwork for one of the exhibits
Life support system installation
Life support system installation
Design planning
Design planning

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The largest tank is taking shape!
The largest tank is taking shape!

Hello Sea Israel Supporters! We’re back with a summer update:

Construction Update

  • Construction has been advancing at a rapid pace with work now being done on the interior of the tanks.
  • The largest of the tanks – the Mediterranean Sea deep water exhibit with underwater viewing tunnel is now taking shape after the completion of extra foundation reinforcement measures.
  • The design team has begun planning the architectural finishes and interior design elements as well as educational signage design.

Wondering why the roof isn't on yet in many places? The large tank viewing windows still need to be installed - they will be lifted into the building by crane in one piece which means we have to leave the roof off until that's done!

 Education Update

  • The new Window on the Mediterranean educational website continues to receive many visitors as we continue to update and supplement the information provided. The site provides a variety of educational content on the Mediterranean Sea for all ages including write-ups, videos, cartoons, and more. Click through on the link provided below to take a look and get started on learning more about the Mediterranean Sea and all of its extraordinary creatures!
  • In addition, a comprehensive education plan for the Sea Israel Aquarium has been compiled by our expert team of educators and marine biologists together with plans for educational group visits of all ages.

Moving Forward

  • We anticipate opening the facility in 2016. Some major challenges still lie ahead including the installation of the life support systems and system testing and we will report to you on progress in due course.

Please continue to spread the word about the Sea Israel Aquarium – Israel’s first aquarium and an essential educational tool to raise awareness of the challenges facing our aquatic habitats.

Warm regards,

Team Aquarium at the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo

Waterproofing and sealing the tank interiors
Waterproofing and sealing the tank interiors
Interior tank design work in progress
Interior tank design work in progress
Ensuring educational & authentic tank design
Ensuring educational & authentic tank design

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The first aquarium tank window panel is installed
The first aquarium tank window panel is installed

We're going full steam ahead!

Thanks to wonderful backers like you, the Biblical Zoo in Jerusalem raised over $13,500 USD in our GlobalGiving campaign. Thank you for supporting us in bringing the Aquarium to life. Because of your help, the end is in sight for the Aquarium completion. It's on!

And here's some more good news:

The first of the large window panels for the aquarium tanks have been installed - things are really starting to take shape!

Our exhibit designer has also begun working on the interior of the tanks – a mammoth task, but one that will result in beautiful exhibits to inspire visitors to appreciate and conserve our unique aquatic habitats.

Work has begun on the content for educational signage throughout the facility so that every Aquarium visitor will leave having learned something about the importance of saving our oceans, lakes and rivers.

Keep your eye on the prize –

We aim to open the doors to the Aquarium in 2016. We'll be sure to keep you posted on our progress, so you’re always aware of what’s happening at every stage.

Again, thanks so much for being a part of this project’s success. We are all so excited to bring such a great facility into being and – more importantly – to inspire our visitors to value the environment. A significant part of that success will belong to people like you, who believed in this cause from the beginning.

Warm Regards,

Team Aquarium at the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo

Installation of interior tank design elements
Installation of interior tank design elements
One installed window panel
One installed window panel

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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
$14,287 raised of $20,000 goal
 
217 donations
$5,713 to go
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