photo: Tuvia Kurtz

On 11th November 2015 we celebrated an historical moment: an opening was made in the wall between the Botanical and the Zoological Gardens and a gate connecting the two gardens was installed.

On Friday, 12th February 2016, Nature Campus invited the general public to celebrate the International Darwin Day.

It's mid-February and our amphibians are in the middle of the breeding season!

Photo: Tal Levanony

Just in time for Tu BiShvat the almond tree (Amygdalus communis, common almond, "shkedia") has begun to flower in the Mediterranean maquis section.

Photo: Noga Perry

An environmental enrichment project is currently being carried out in the Zoological Garden. The goal is to enable the animals to perform their various natural behaviours and thus improve their welfare.

Photo: Yuval Sapir

Oncocyclus irises comprise a unique group of flowers that are now starting to bloom in the Botanical Garden. This group includes irises such as Iris atropurpurea, Iris mariae and Iris lortetii – which are characterized by exceptionally large flowers.

Photo: Ron Elazari-Volcani

In the framework of renovation of the eastern trail we decided to incorporate within the trail several animal footprint tracks that tell a story, enabling the visitors to learn about the animals from a different perspective.

Photo: Moshe Peri

The Persian cyclamen (Cyclamen persicum) is one of the best known and most beloved plants in Israel. Cyclamens are currently blooming all over the garden, mainly in rockeries.

Photo: Lee Koren

In mid-February we received a pair of rock hyraxes from Dr Lee Koren of Bar Ilan University. The male hyrax, Dudu, was captured about three years ago as an adult in Arad, and is now about 7-8 years old. The female, Sky, is about three years old.

In early February, a workshop held by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) took place in Athens, Greece. Expert botanists from all across the East Mediterranean countries participated in the workshop, assessing the extinction risk of monocot plant species from the Mediterranean climate region.

Photo: Ilil Pratt

Thirteen Nene goose chicks have hatched, none of them suffering from leg problems! It seems that the change we made to their diet, from a protein and fat rich diet to a diet based on green vegetation, has solved the problem.