If you have happened to visit the Garden lately you will surely have noticed the construction and renovation momentum that started a few months ago. New exhibitions are being built and inhabited; animals are being moved to renovated and improved enclosures; and many enrichment devices are being installed in order to improve animal welfare. We are happy to share with you some of the changes that have recently taken place in the Garden.

  • The new beech marten exhibition has been successfully populated. The enclosure is divided into two spaces: one of them is home to two brothers that get along with one another; the other is home to the marten that had previously lived near the fennec foxes and displayed stereotypic behavior. We hope that now, in its new and spacious home, it will feel more comfortable and display much less stereotypy. Another marten was moved to the enclosure of the
  • otters and the mongooses. Part of the enclosure roof was removed, in order to provide it with more sun and light. Because it is difficult to see the martens in their new homes, since they are nocturnal, we are now planning to feed them during daylight hours so that the visitors will be able to enjoy them.
  • The enclosure where the stereotyping marten used to live will now be home to several adult fennec foxes that live in the research area of the Garden. We hope that we will soon be able to connect the two fennec groups, so they can enjoy the spacious new area that will be available to them.
  • Our two white-tailed sea-eagles have been returned to the Garden following the renovation to their exhibition. As part of the renovation new perching rods were installed as well as a partition that will enable their keeper to enter the enclosure safely during the breeding season, when the female is especially aggressive. The partition will also allow us to separate the male from the female if necessary.
  • The vulture exhibition has also been renovated: the flight area has been enlarged and nesting areas built. The four vultures that now share the enclosure are new in our Garden. They comprise two pairs that we hope will breed here.
  • The porcupine exhibition has also been renovated. The porcupines are currently being gradually accustomed to eating during daylight hours so that the visitors will be able to see them.
  • Large, thick brushes have been installed in some of the exhibitions (wolves, jackals, wild boars, and more), as enrichment devices for the animals, who enjoy rubbing against them. Pruned branches are also used for enrichment, for the Persian fellow deer, for example.
  • The restroom building near the gate to the Botanical Garden, and which had not been used for many years, is being renovated. Two cabins are been built; one of them with wheelchair access. In front of the building a large assembly area will be built. In addition, the northern path of the Garden is been rebuilt.
One of the martens being transferred to its  new home, photo:  Ron Elazari-Volcani

One of the martens being transferred to its new home, photo:  Ron Elazari-Volcani

One of the porcupines in the renovated exhibition, photo: Ron Elazari-Volcani

One of the porcupines in the renovated exhibition, photo: Ron Elazari-Volcani

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