The Biblical Zoo in Jerusalem, publicly recognized as the Tisch Family Zoological Gardens was formerly founded in 1928 by the late Prof. Aharon Shuloy, one of the pioneers in the field of zoology at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. It started out as a small children’s zoo located at Harav Kook Street in central Jerusalem. In 1947, the zoo was transferred to the Hebrew University on Mount Scopus. However, in 1948, the zoo was once again moved to the Ezrat Torah neighborhood due to the evident sufferings of the animals during the War of Independence. From 1950-1991, the zoo stayed there. Eventually, it became overcrowded and wrecked. As a result, it was closed in 1991 and reopened in the Malha neighborhood in 1993.
At present, the enormous 62-acre zoo has wonderful scenery as it is encircled by green hills and new neighborhoods. This unique and fascinating tourist spot partly gained its popularity due to the collection of biblical animals. With its huge and spacious area, the animals enjoy the privilege to be reintroduced to their ancient and natural habitat. Apart from the biblical animals, the zoo maintains an effort to preserve rare animals and endangered species. These include the Persian fallow deer, Nile crocodile, Arabian oryx, lions, cheetahs and bears.
The Tisch Family Zoological Garden in Jerusalem is absolutely a place one must look out. It offers an ample of things to do for the visitors. The children will enjoy the various Niki de Saint Phalle sculptures of eccentric and fierce animals suite for climbing and crawling. You would also catch a sight of the central sculpture of Noah’s Ark.
The zoo is open from Sunday to Thursday at 9:00 to 18:00, Friday at 9:00 to 16:30 and Shabbat from 10:00 to 18:00, entrance until 1 hour before closing. Entrance fee is 45 NIS for adults and 35 NIS for Children.
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