Environment
 Israel
Project #14545

You Can Save Israel's Unique Aquatic Habitats!

by The Tisch Family Zoological Gardens, the Biblical Zoo in Jerusalem
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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Aerial view of the Aquarium construction site
Aerial view of the Aquarium construction site

Hello Sea Israel supporters!

We're back with another update:

Construction Update
The external progress on the Aquarium building has advanced significantly and most of the roof has been completed; all of the required materials and filters have been ordered in anticipation of beginning work on the life support systems; we are in the process of selecting a graphic and interior designer to assist with lighting and signage design; and the pipe that will transfer water to the aquarium has now been laid — one of the important stages prior to the development of the road and parking.
A big thank you to our generous stone facing suppliers have decided to donate all of the surplus stone from their inventories to this project. This stone will be used creatively throughout the building on floors and walls and will assist with keeping costs down.
Education Program Update
Now that the Education Program outline has been completed, detailed work has begun on specific programs aimed at specific ages and varied audiences.
Moving Forward
Please continue to spread the word about Israel's first aquarium - an essential educational tool to raise awareness of the challenges facing our aquatic habitats. We are excited to move closer towards finalization of this wonderful project - the best is yet to come!
Warm regards,
Nicole Wexler and Zoo/Aquarium Team
The roof
The roof's on!
Our Director on a site visit
Our Director on a site visit
Everyone
Everyone's excited!

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Visit our new website!
Visit our new website!

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

Construction Update

  • Construction has been advancing at a rapid pace with most of the outer shells in place with the major buildings.  Unfortunately, Jerusalem had an unseasonably high amount of rainfall at the start of the rainy season and we have experienced more flooding and drainage issues at the construction site in spite of the advance preparations made (including ground preparation, rock work, landscaping and additional reinforcement of the retaining walls).
  • In addition, a contractor has been selected for the installation of the life support system and work will begin on this important aspect in the near future.

Education Update

  • The new Window on the Mediterranean educational website has received almost 1,000 visitors since it launched in September. 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. Visitors to the future aquarium will learn about the importance of the world’s oceans, seas, lakes and rivers in a variety of interesting and fun ways.

Moving Forward

  • We anticipate completing construction by the beginning of 2016. Some major challenges still lie ahead - such as tank design and theming; installation of the life support system; and system testing.
  • We are also in the midst of planning the exhibit educational material and mechanisms including signage and interactive experiences. Stay tuned for more on this later.

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. We are looking forward to finalizing the project during the course of 2015 – the best is yet to come!

Warm regards,

Nicole Wexler and the Zoo/Aquarium Team

Developing the Aquarium Education Plan
Developing the Aquarium Education Plan
On-site progress review
On-site progress review
The construction team hard at work
The construction team hard at work
Some site flooding as a result of heavy rainfall
Some site flooding as a result of heavy rainfall

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Project Leader:
Nicole Wexler
Jerusalem, Israel
$14,017 raised of $20,000 goal
 
212 donations
$5,983 to go
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