Shosha, a female wolf born in our Garden in January 2009, returned to us on October 2015 after years of living in the Zoological Garden of Abu-Kabir.

Photo: Ron Elazari-Volcani

Among the animals collected and brought to the Zoological Garden in June (15.6.15) as part of the 'collect and save' mission at the sand dunes of Beer Milka, were two females of the species Sahara sand viper (Cerastes vipera),  a poisonous snake endemic to the deserts of North Africa, Sinai and Israel.

Photo: Moshe Peri

Pineapple has recently started blooming in the Botanical Garden. The pineapple is a species of the family Bromeliaceae. Most of the species in this family live as epiphytes (plants that grow harmlessly upon another plant) in tropical and sub-tropical America.

One of our fruit bats has only one leg, and until recently its handicap did not seem to affect its daily life.  Lately, however, for some unknown reason, his toes began to straighten, making it difficult for him to hang from the ceiling, eat and perform other behaviours.

Renovation works on the eastern path in the Zoological Garden, going from north to south, have begun. On the northern part of the path a connecting gate between the two Gardens is planned.

In the nuptial flight that took place in the Zoological Garden during the second week of October, the air was filled with tens of thousands of winged termites, evidence of the large biomass of these social insects that unwittingly share the Zoological Garden with us.

Photo: Gavri Sion

The annual aridity at summer’s end did not prepare us for the surprise found on one hill in the desert plot in the Botanical Garden, covered with the purple blooming of the autumn squill (Scilla autumnalis). The autumn squill is a Mediterranean species, growing naturally on the kurkar (Calcareous sandstone) hills of the garden.

Photo: Eran Amichai

Our bat exhibition has two new species.

Photo: Mitiku Teshale

"Queen of the night" is a common name given to a number of plants from the cacti family (Cactaceae), which bloom once a year for a single night.

Photo: Oz Rittner

The Eurasian eagle-owl flock has been moved to a more spacious cage, next to the northern bald ibis cage.

In addition to Shosha the she-wolf, mentioned above, we have also received from the Zoological Garden in Abu-Kabir one common crane and three mallard ducks (a male and two females), which now live on the main lawn,  two Tristrams's starlings, which occupy the cage with the glass front near the goats, and four porcupines.

Photo: Moshe Peri

Four Acacia species are native to Israel, alongside several non-native and invasive Australian species. Just across the border in Jordan, another species, Acacia laeta, can be found on the other side of the Dead Sea.

Photo: J. Rydell

Sasha Danilovich, PhD student, supervised by Dr Yossi Yovel, head of the laboratory of sensual perception and cognition, Department of Zoology