An eastern spadefoot toad a few minutes after being released  back into nature, photo: Simon Jameson

In winter 2013, following a plan to build a mall on the site of the winter pond at the checkpost junction in Haifa, and in collaboration with the Israel Nature and Parks Authority (INPA), zookeepers from our Zoological Garden together with volunteer students from the School of Zoology at Tel Aviv University, set out on a rescue mission to save the amphibians living in the winter pond before it was to be dried out.

The Boissier Oak in its temporary location,  photo: Kineret Manevich

A 40-year-old Boissier oak (Quercus boissieri) tree was seen speeding around the surrounding path mounted on a tractor. The oak, planted in 1975 in the Mediterranean scrub area, is located along the route designated for development as part of the construction of the new entrance plaza. In an attempt to protect the tree during the construction, it was decided to relocate it temporarily.

The Botanical Garden calendar for 2017-2018 is celebrating Israel’s 70 years of independence.

Cutting down Canary Island Date Palm, photo: Moshe Peri

In July we had to say goodbye to one of the Canary Islands date palm (Phoenix canariensis) trees that grow in the garden.

Taking care of a spadefoot toad photo: Noga Kronfled-Schor

An animal’s biological clock, synchronized by the light and dark cycles in nature, enables many animals to anticipate and prepare for the cyclic changes in their environment. Today, in many habitats, due to the increasing use of artificial lighting, light has become an unreliable signal of day and night and even of the season of the year.

Common Reaumuria, photo: Gavri Sion

Our desert plot continues to grow and many species have been added to it in the past two months.

גיזום שדרת הפיקוסים, צילום: משה פרי

The eastern side of the garden is well shaded by a long boulevard of Ficus microcarpa trees. The densely planted trees provide shade for the visitors and reduce the noise and air pollution from the close-by Ayalon highway.

The Red Book:  Celebrating 10 Years

At the end of June, a special seminar was held to mark the tenth anniversary of the publication of the Red Book of Endangered Plants in Israel.

White-tailed sea-eagle

For the past few years we haven’t had any white-tailed sea-eagles in the Zoological Garden – now they are here again!

At the end of July, final work on the thicket aviary was carried out: we have added sand for the common tortoises that now live in the aviary, and upgraded the water pond; mosquitofish and young tilapia are swimming in its waters and water plants decorate its eastern bank.

Volunteers in the Garden

At the end of July and beginning of August, a group of eight youths volunteered in the Zoological Garden, as part of their service year in The Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel.

The jungle cat explores its new cage, photo: Ron Elazari-Volcani

Our male jungle cat has been moved to a new cage in order to separate it from the female and prevent breeding at this stage. Its new home is a renovated cage in the north-east section of the Garden. The renovation of the cage now allows the jungle cat to take full advantage of all the space available to it. As part of the renovation, marsh plants and southern maidenhair were planted and an automated drip irrigation system was installed.