A colony of Egyptian fruit bats, Photo: Eran Levin

The Egyptian fruit bat (Rousettus aegyptiacus) uses its keen senses to collect information from its surroundings as part of its decision-making process. In an urban environment, foraging-related decisions, like what to eat, where to eat, how long to stay, or when to leave a food patch, become even more complex due to the rich and varied food sources available in the city and in private gardens. 

Uprooting water plants

A turtle pond has been built in the eastern part of the Zoological Garden. After the work was completed, a variety of water and lakeshore plants from the water plant section in the Botanical Garden were planted along the pond banks.

A rock hyrax

Cutaneous leishmaniasis is caused by a parasite of the genus Leishmania. The parasite is transferred to human beings via blood-sucking sand flies that sting mammals.

White-eyed gull: chick and eggs

The Zoological Garden hosts a breeding colony of white-eyed gulls, an endangered species. The breeding season of this species takes place at the beginning of summer.

Schneider’s skink

Until recently, our Schneider's skinks, males and females, were kept separately. As a result of the decision to bring them together, four eggs have being laid.

A young hare

Four weeks ago two young hares, about a month old, arrived at the Zoological Garden.

A jungle cat cub, Photo: Ilil Pratt

At the beginning of June our female jungle cat gave birth to two cubs. After the cubs grow up and stop suckling, they will be transferred, in cooperation with the Israel Nature and Parks Authority, to "Gan Hai" – a mini-zoo in Park Ra'anana. We are sure that the two will find a warm and loving home there. 

A nene goose feeds on duckweed

The water surface of the turtle pond is covered with common duckweed (Lemna minor), due to its very fast growth rate.

Hyena in water

Our hyena is very old and spends a large part of the day lying down.

A renovated path

Another part of the Garden's path is being renovated – now it's the southern path's turn. Large rocks have been placed along the new path's edges in order to emphasize the natural look. 

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