One of the martens being transferred to its new home, photo:  Ron Elazari-Volcani

If you have happened to visit the Garden lately you will surely have noticed the construction and renovation momentum that started a few months ago. New exhibitions are being built and inhabited; animals are being moved to renovated and improved enclosures; and many enrichment devices are being installed in order to improve animal welfare.

Our new amphibian exhibitions are finally open. Four exhibitions have been built, two of which are already populated with eastern spadefoot toads, Levant water frogs, and European green toads.

Barn owl nestlings, photo: Hadar Yosifon
  • Six barn owls eggs have hatched in our incubator. After the nestlings have grown a little they will be transferred to a new enclosure that will be built especially for them.

Don't be confused, we are still in the Zoological Garden News, but we also have some wonderful flowering!

Ygal Miller with a Bonelli's eagle, photo: Noga Kronfeld-Schor
  • One of our animal keepers, Barak Levy, has completed a course in snake catching. The course was organized by the Israel Nature and Parks Authority and was taught by Aviad Bar and Osnat Azulay. The course took place in the Sherman building and was based on the snake collection of the Zoological Garden. At the end of the course Barak received a permit for catching snakes.
  • At the end of December we said goodbye to our Bonelli's eagles (Aquila fasciata), after the Israel Nature and Parks Authority found them a more suitable place for their needs.

The children's birding group of The Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel, who visit the Zoological Garden and the Botanical Garden during the year,  visited the Steinhardt Museum of Natual History this winter and greatly enjoyed it.

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