Shir, a fennec fox and an ice lolly,  photo: Amit Shauly

In our Spring newsletter we wrote about the new course, "Research, nature conservation, and education in zoos", in which the students carry out projects in the Zoological Garden.

A bud gall of Suaeda fruticosa, induced by the gall midge Dasyneuriola sp., photo: Neta Dorchin

Two Suaeda species were planted recently in the 'En Gedi' oasis plot: Suaeda vera and Suaeda fruticosa, belonging to the family Amaranthaceae (until recently the Chenopodiaceae).

The big research pool,  photo: Gal Ribak

Dr Gal Ribak is currently building a new research system in the north-east area of the Zoological Garden, for studying the biomechanics and energetic cost of swimming in water birds.

Root laboratory, photo: Yoram Reshef

The 10th symposium of the International Society of Root Research (ISRR) was held in Israel in July 2018.

Sagol School graduation event photo: Yossi Yovel

The graduation event of undergraduate students of the Sagol School of Neuroscience took place in the Zoological Garden.

The jackal visit in the tropical house,  photo: Kineret Manevich

The Botanic Garden presents a green open area, sustaining a semi-natural ecological system within the bustling urban space of "Gush Dan". As such, it attracts a variety of animals, some as permanent residents and others as visitors by day or by night.

Medicinal plants introduction photo: Nikola Babazadeh

How to prepare a therapeutic ointment, what is ‘infusing oil’, and which are the best plants to relieve a cough?

Tamarindus indica, photo: Moshe Peri

Tamarind (Tamarindus indica) has recently flowered in the medicinal plants section.

The Nile tamarisk in the salt  marsh plot, photo: Yael Orgad

Add a little salt?
The Nile tamarisk (Tamarix nilotica) from the Yotvata region, which was planted last spring in the salt marsh collection of the Garden, has become well acclimatized.

Squacco herons nesting,  photo: Eran Amichai

Sharped-eyed Rony Michlin discovered on one of the Garden's trees a squacco heron nest – a very rare event in our region. Rony asked Dr Eran Amichai to photograph the nest, so we now have documentation of the happy event.

Photo: Anat Gal

Anat Gal, the group's guide
This year we started the Tel Aviv birding group with a small group of promising young "girl ornithologists" in grades 2-4.

Eyar Cohen completed his civil service in the Botanical Garden this July.