Spadefoot toad, photo: Alex Slavenko

On the 13th of February a team of researchers, students, and animal keepers from the School of Zoology at Tel Aviv University, with the coordination and cooperation of the Israeli Nature and Parks Authority, reintroduced spadefoot toads from the Zoological Gardens' breeding colony back into nature.

Levant water frogs mating, photo: Ilil Pratt

In January the mating season of our amphibians was at its peak:

Building a new aviary, photo: Ron Elazari-Volcani

A new aviary for thicket birds is now under construction in the Zoological Garden.

Barn owl, Photo: Oz Rittner

An Israeli barn owl, with a Tel Aviv University ring on its foot, has crossed the border and was captured in Jordan. The story was published on YNET:

A close look on a vulture egg

On January 30th our old vulture pair laid a first egg for the current breeding season. It turns out that this was the first egg to have been laid this season in any vulture breeding colony in Israel.

Palestine Oak sprouts, Photo: Ron Elazari-Volcani

Sivan Biton, who joined the Zoological Garden's staff, has vast botanical knowledge. She uses this knowledge to nurture the vegetation inside and outside the cages and on the main grass area.

The caracal in its renovated cage, Photo: Noga Kronfeld-Schor

Our caracal has a new home: the two middle cages in the northern-eastern cage row.

Our hyena enjoying  his bath, Photo: Ron Elazari-Volcani

Last month we said goodbye with sorrow to our hyena and one of our two crocodiles, both of which had died of old age.

Two roosters in the water, Photo: Ron Elazari-Volcani

Those of you who have walked in the Garden lately may have been surprised to see our roosters walking in the big water pond on the main grass. No, we haven’t developed a new species of "water chicken". The reason for this peculiar habit is simple: although our roosters have enough food, they really love eating the moist dog pellets floating on the water that serve as food for the flamingos and glossy ibises.

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