In the previous edition of Gardens News we announced that the female of our old griffon vulture pair had laid an egg at the end of February. The egg was transferred to the national incubation center for Israeli birds of prey at the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo. The female then laid a second egg, which was also transferred to the incubation center.

Photo: Gavri Sion

We have been working recently on the precise mapping and identification of the species in the garden, many of which were planted years ago. During this project we often “rediscover” plants whose existence in the garden we weren't aware of, or which had been considered to have died years ago.

Photo: Oz Rittner

In the "Official Bird of Eilat" competition that took place in June as part of a project carried out by the Eilat Bird-Watching Park, the Eilat municipality, and the city's environmental unit, the white-eyed gull (Larus leucophthalmus) won the title.

Photo: Yuval Sapir

The wetland section of the Israeli flora collection is in bloom and thriving!

Photo: Amir Ben Dov

The yellow-legged gull (Larus michahellis) breeds along the shores of Israel. Its largest breeding colonies are on Nachlieli Island at Rosh Hanikra, Pigeons Island at Maagan Michael, and in our Zoological Garden.

Photo: Yuval Sapir

A new study was published recently, carried out in the Botanical Garden, and dealing with the association of spatial distribution, ecological conditions, and evolutionary genetics of the coastal endemic Iris atropurpurea.

On 6.6.16  an operation was carried out by the Zoology Department to improve our animal welfare and our visitors' experience. Department members volunteered to help and various laboratories "adopted" a specific cage or an area of the garden. 

Photo: Valentina Epstein

The Ted Erison laboratory for monitoring airborne allergens was closed at the end of May 2016. The laboratory was established in the Tel Aviv University Botanical Garden by the garden’s former director, Prof. Yoav Waisel.

Photo: Gavri Sion

Constructions at the Entrance
Construction work along the garden’s circular path began during the Passover holiday and is expected to be completed by the end of June. These activities are part of the Steinhardt National Collections of Natural History building construction, neighboring the Botanical Garden.