The renovated entrance to the Botanic Garden, photo: Gavri Sion

The recent meeting of Tel Aviv University’s Board of Trustees was concluded with a festive event in the Botanic Garden, which received its new name: "The Yehuda Naftali Botanic Garden".

Working with concrete, together with some of the worker’s children

During the present academic year the course "Research, nature conservation and education in zoos" was held for the second time.

S. bracteata, photo: Yuval Sapir

Several new sage species have been planted in recent months along the entrance to the Garden. Some of these are very rare species and one has even become extinct in the wild and can be found in Israel only in botanical gardens.

chick hatching

In our winter newsletter we wrote about the hatching of barn owl nestlings and  nene chicks, and our  hope that our Mandarin ducks, the newest inhabitants in the Garden, would also breed.

Dr. Yuval Sapir and Gill Markovitz in the radio show "The lab"

At the end of April, Dr. Yuval Sapir, director of the Botanic Garden, participated in the recording of new episodes for the radio show "The lab".

Nymphaea nauchali, photo: Gavri Sion

Blue water lily plants (Nymphaea nauchali) that had originated in the Botanic Garden were again relocated last March to the pond in Tel Afek.

Hadar and Ehud enjoying the first day of the conference

In May, the second conference on zoo design was held in Wroclaw, Poland. About 180 people attended the conference, among them leading landscape architects who specialized in designing zoos and exhibits, zoo managers, curators, zoologists, educators, and animal keepers from zoos around the world.

Guy Dan, in charge of cultivating the medicinal plant section, presents the foxglove bed, photo: Tal Levanony

A new medicinal plant – Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea) was added last spring to the Menashe collection of medicinal plants.

Cleaning the lake, photo: Lior Twig

As preparation for the summer, our turtle pond and the big pond on the main grass have been cleaned: the water was pumped out, the soil at the bottom was treated, and fresh water was poured into the ponds.

Hadar and Ehud enjoying the first day of the conference

In May, the second conference on zoo design was held in Wroclaw, Poland. About 180 people attended the conference, among them leading landscape architects who specialized in designing zoos and exhibits, zoo managers, curators, zoologists, educators, and animal keepers from zoos around the world.

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