Photo: Dror Ben-David

The Zoological Garden clinic is currently home to four red fox cubs (or kits, if we want to be perfectly correct), now one month old.

Jojoba, Photo: Tal Levanony

We have recently planted two small Chinese jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis) bushes in the medicinal herb section of the garden. The source of this plant is in the Sonora and Mojave deserts (south-west United States and north-west Mexico) and not in China, despite its name. The name seems to have resulted from an error in identifying the source of the plant when scientists first described it upon its arrival in Europe.

The yellow-legged gulls nest on the grass and their speckled eggs are well camouflaged. Some of the eggs have already started to hatch, one week earlier than last year. 

Photo: Gavi Sion

Several species of mullein are currently flowering in the Botanical Garden. The Aramaic word for mullein means ‘candle’, because its pleasant yellow flowers are borne on high stems, reminiscent of candelabra.

In the north-eastern corner of the pool, next to the food dishes for the birds, you can observe a fascinating behaviour – a competition for food between gazelles and crows.

Flat-leaved Vanilla, Photo: Moshe Peri

In our tropical greenhouse the flat-leaved vanilla plant (Vanilla planifolia) is currently flowering; a type of orchid from whose pods vanilla spice is produced.

Four great cormorants have arrived from Oranim College to join our cormorant cage.

If you’ve been observing the Persian fallow deer recently, you certainly will have noticed that one of the antlers of the oldest deer is growing downwards and distorted. We don’t know why this is happening (perhaps because of a traumatic injury at the end of the previous breeding season), but as a result two things have occurred.