The Zoological Research Garden costitues a scientific infrastructure for the study of wild animals in a variety of disciplines: ecology, nature conservation, animal behavior, physiology, endocrinology, entomology, etc. The ability to study the local animals promotes an understanding of the inter- and intra-specific processes that are involved in the existence and preservation of biodiversity.
The studies in the Zoological Garden are carried out by researchers from the Department of Zoology and their M.Sc. and Ph.D. students, as well as by many researchers from other universities in Israel and abroad.

Many students and schoolchildren study in the Zoological Garden: Tel Aviv University students, who study here as part of their zoological training; students from other universities, colleges, and teachers' seminars; tour guides from the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel and inspectors from the Nature and Parks Authority. In addition, many school and kindergarten children visit the Garden every year. They come for a short tour of an hour and half or for a three-hour science day. Their school teachers are offered tours and activities in a variety of subjects, according to the relevant curriculum.

Nature conservation
Prof. Mendelssohn, one of Israel's nature conservation founders, established in the Zoological Garden several breeding cores for endangered species. Today, the Zoological Garden, in cooperation with the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel and the Nature and Parks Authority, serves as a center for a variety of nature conservation activities. Various researches are carried out in the Garden in order to study the breeding habits of many animal species, enabling us to maintain stable breeding cores and, where possible, to release captive breeding individuals back into nature.

A guided tour in the Zoological Research Garden

Photo: Oz Rittner

An eastern spadefoot at a breeding core