The Zoological Research Garden maintains a varied collection of animals from Israel and the Near East. The Garden offers a scientific base for researchers from a variety of fields, including ecology, nature conservation, physiology, endocrinology, brain sciences, animal behavior, entomology, pollination, and biologic pest control, and for interdisciplinary studies that combine biological research with the areas of psychology, economy, decision-making, engineering, and computer sciences. The laboratories of the Zoology Department staff members are located in the Garden, which also hosts studies from other Faculties at Tel Aviv University as well as from other universities in Israel and abroad. As part of the scientific activities carried out in the research laboratories, dozens M.Sc. and Ph.D. students, as well as post-doctorate researchers, use the laboratories for their research.
The researchers in the Garden, staff members and students, all make use of the living collection and the unique infrastructures. Working with animals that are non-conventional laboratory animals has become increasingly common in many areas of research. Moreover, the understanding that true work with wild animals demands a minimum of semi-natural conditions, is also developing. These conditions include large areas in the Garden (for example, for flying bats) and specialization in keeping animals with special needs, which is impossible in most laboratory animal facilities, due to the ban on keeping wild animals in them. The Zoological Research Garden has all these benefits: a large and varied live animal collection, large research areas, and professional and experienced staff: animal keepers, a veterinarian, and technical staff. The Garden constitutes a unique scientific infrastructure that provides outstanding research possibilities for the study of a vast variety of animals.
Many research fields are studied in the Garden:
- Nature conservation
- Animal behavior
- Biological models of behaviors and decision-making