The Tisch Family Zoological Gardens, Jerusalem, Israel
The Jerusalem Biblical Zoo was originally established in 1940 as a tiny little children’s zoo on Harav Kook Street in central Jerusalem.
The zoo was founded and established by the late Prof. Aharon Shulov, one of the pioneers in the field of zoology at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Today, the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo, as it is still unofficially known, stretches across an area of 250 dunams or 62 acres in a lovely valley surrounded by green hills and new neighbourhoods.
The zoo encircles a small lake situated near the main gate. The lake is fed by a series of pools and waterfalls that flow one into the other. Spacious lawns and shady beauty spots surround the lake and pools.
The water system is artificial, and relies on recycled water. The zoo is built on two main levels that house most of the animal exhibits. One main, circular route extends the length of both levels and connects most of the sites on the zoo grounds. Additional side paths also connect the two levels, and exhibits are situated along these paths as well.
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