* Our Caucasian squirrel, one of the Garden's most senior tenants, has been moved to a new home – the thicket aviary. The aviary is big and spacious and provides the squirrel with a large and diverse space for his activity.

The squirrel arrived at the Garden about 12 years ago, after it got caught up in a smuggling act into Israel. The squirrel enjoys his new and stimuli-rich home and is gradually getting used to the proximity of our visitors.  

* Another new tenant is a young glossy ibis. It fell out of its nest in the breeding colony in the Garden and Carmel Bilu has devotedly taken care of it. Since it's not able to fly we can't release it onto the main grass, so for the time being it is in the thicket aviary. Unfortunately, it causes a lot of damage to the water plants: it walks on them, plays with them, and shakes them… we hope the ibis will improve its ways; and, if not – it will be transferred to the northern enclosure of the water birds.  

* The wild plants in the thicket aviary are now in full bloom. Among the flowers, one can clearly see the mallow, which our tortoises like to eat. The mallow flourishes in rich nitrogen soils, like the soil in the aviary. In order to prevent the mallow from growing too much and spreading itself, we trim it and prevent it from flowering. 

The Caucasian squirrel in the thicket aviary, photo: Ron Elazari-Volcani

The Caucasian squirrel in the thicket aviary, photo: Ron Elazari-Volcani 

Blossom in the thicket aviary, photo: Ron Elazari-Volcani

Blossom in the thicket aviary, photo: Ron Elazari-Volcani 

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