A female gazelle with a plastic bag, Photo: Ron Elazari-Volcani

One day, a plastic bag that had probably drifted out of one of the garbage bins in the Zoological Garden, became wrapped around one of the horns of a female gazelle from our small free-ranging herd of gazelles.

Caracal looks at the prey, Photo: Ron Elazari-Volcani

One of the most difficult problems for animals in a cage is that of boredom. The number of stimuli is small, the food is served on a regular basis and the animal does not have to hunt or forage for food, there are no enemies or dangers, and the space is restricted. Developing and introducing a variety of environment enrichment means are the way in which zoos, the Zoological Garden included, are trying to mitigate the boredom problem.

A wild rat on the hand of the researcher, Photos: Ohad Weisberg

A great deal of research has been carried out on the ability of animals to find their way around, but most of the accumulated information has come from studies on laboratory rats and under laboratory conditions.

A male and female Gila monsters, Photo: Ilil Pratt

The Gila monster is a large desert lizard that lives in arid areas in the south-west USA. The species is unique in possessing a specialized venom injection mechanism: a venom gland in the lower jaw and slits in its teeth through which the venom is channelled when the Gila monster bites.

Water plants in the turtle pond, Photo: Ilil Pratt

Our turtle pond continues to undergo renovation. Last summer, a variety of water and lakeshore plants from the Botanical Garden were planted along the pond banks. We have now transferred to the pond new water plants that were removed from the crocodile cages, which are being renovated to host their new inhabitants.

A chick of a yellow-legged gull,  Photo: Amir Ben Dov

At the beginning of this winter, like every winter, a flock of yellow-legged gulls that have been nesting here for several years arrived in the Zoological Garden. This flock has been studied consecutively since 2010, by Amir Ben Dov.

National training course on the ethics of working with birds, Photo: Asaf Moran

This is the third time we have held a national training course on the ethics of working with birds in ecological-behavioural research.

Our jungle cats in their new home  Photo: courtesy of “Gan Hai”, Ra'anana Park

Our four young jungle cats have moved to a new home in "Gan Hai" in Ra'anana Park, where they been given a spacious and comfortable enclosure. It seems that they have acclimatized well and feel "at home" at their new location.

The agave plant at the Zoological Garden entrance has sprouted an impressively big florescence stem that continues to grow slowly. We think that the plant is Agave sisalana, but we will know for sure only after it flowers.

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