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.

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.

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.

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