Building the new exhibition area for the beech martens

Over the last few months many innovations and renovations have taken place in the Zoological Garden. Below are several of the projects with which we are currently engaged:

Establishing a new habitat – salt marsh,  Photo: Liz Morgulis

In mid-September we were informed that part of the Naaman salt marsh* was to undergo intensive agricultural development. Israel's Nature and Parks Authority asked the staff of the Botanical Garden to collect rare plant species from the area that is expected to be affected.

  • Winter will be here soon, and the yellow-legged gull flock has returned to the Garden, as every year. They aren't nesting yet, but they are already here: you can see them flying above the Garden and hear their loud calls, echoing far into the distance.
  • On one of the citrus trees in the thicket aviary, in a magnificent nest of twigs, Eurasian collared-dove nestlings have hatched!

Imagine that you are a unique solitary wild bee landing on a giant flower…
Now imagine that you are a bark beetle, boring into a cypress stem…

Sara Blutinger and Henry the  bulbul, Photo: Noga Kronfeld-Schor

On November 21 we were happy to host Sara Blutinger, a generous supporter of animal welfare at the Zoological Garden, for a private tour of the gardens.

The mosaic at the Garden’s entrance, Photo: Yael Orgad

In mid-October a unique and original art work was assembled by the mosaic artist Dalia Grossman.

The Garden clinic is currently hosting a white stork that was operated on by Ron Elazari-Volcani, following a request from the Wildlife Hospital;

Stanhopea ruckeri, Photo: Moshe Peri

Stanhopea ruckeri is a tropical orchid native to Central America. This is an epiphyte – a plant that grows on top of trees and other plants but is not a parasite.

The Garden staff on a trip, autumn 2018

Jacob Zlait has recently retired after working diligently and devotedly in the Zoological Garden for many years.