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.

As part of our animal footprints project, a branched asphodel (Asphodelus ramosus) was planted near the porcupine footprints and its digging marks, enabling our visitors to understand why the porcupine had dug exactly there.

As part of the breeding management of our jungle cats we decided to separate the male from the female and her young. The male has received its own suite – the first two cages in the north-eastern part of the Garden.

These days, our three wolves have nice thick winter coats. During the last two weeks frequent aggressive interactions have been observed between the two males, an indication that the young wolf (no. 2) is trying to challenge the adult male (no. 1), and become the dominant. In the meantime, no. 2 is still losing from time to time, but keeps up his militant mood. We, together with the female wolf, will wait patiently and see how the situation develops. 

A common Asphodel near porcupine’s footprints, Photo: Daphna Lev

A common Asphodel near porcupine’s footprints, Photo: Daphna Lev

Wolf no. 2 in its winter coat

Wolf no. 2 in its winter coat

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