Uprooting water plants

A turtle pond has been built in the eastern part of the Zoological Garden. After the work was completed, a variety of water and lakeshore plants from the water plant section in the Botanical Garden were planted along the pond banks.

A colony of  Egyptian fruit bats

The Egyptian fruit bat (Rousettus aegyptiacus) uses its keen senses to collect information from its surroundings as part of its decision-making process.

A rock hyrax

Cutaneous leishmaniasis is caused by a parasite of the genus Leishmania. The parasite is transferred to human beings via blood-sucking sand flies that sting mammals.

Collecting a sample from a tree

Archaeobotany is a subfield of archaeology that attempts to further our understanding of humanity’s ancient past through the identification and analysis of botanical materials recovered from archaeological sites.

White-eyed gull: chick and eggs

The Zoological Garden hosts a breeding colony of white-eyed gulls, an endangered species. The breeding season of this species takes place at the beginning of summer.

A young hare

Four weeks ago two young hares, about a month old, arrived at the Zoological Garden.

Marsilea minuta

Marsilea minuta (also known as dwarf water clover) is an aquatic fern that became extinct from nature in Israel following drainage of the Hula swamp.

Schneider’s skink

Until recently, our Schneider's skinks, males and females, were kept separately. As a result of the decision to bring them together, four eggs have being laid.

The mapping project

The project of mapping the plants in the Botanical Garden continues, and three of the garden's large collections are currently fully mapped: the Succulent Collection, the Palm Collection, and the Utilitarian Plants Collection.

A nene goose feeds on duckweed

The water surface of the turtle pond is covered with common duckweed (Lemna minor), due to its very fast growth rate.

Hyena in water

Our hyena is very old and spends a large part of the day lying down.

Sea squill

In the heat of the summer, middle of July, several shiny white inflorescences erupted from the scorching ground.

A jungle cat cub, Photo: Ilil Pratt

At the beginning of June our female jungle cat gave birth to two cubs. After the cubs grow up and stop suckling, they will be transferred, in cooperation with the Israel Nature and Parks Authority, to "Gan Hai" – a mini-zoo in Park Ra'anana. We are sure that the two will find a warm and loving home there. 

A renovated path

Another part of the Garden's path is being renovated – now it's the southern path's turn. Large rocks have been placed along the new path's edges in order to emphasize the natural look. 

The eggs of the spur-thighed tortoises began hatching at the beginning of August.

Our Nubian ibex are in the midst of shedding their coats. This is why their fur is hanging raggedly off them, as you can see in the photo. 

This year, the sea squills started to bloom quite early, with those at the entrance to the Garden blooming at the end of June.

Calendar 2016-2017

This year’s calendar will be dedicated to the succulent plants that grow in the Botanical Garden.