Tisch Family Zoological Gardens (Biblical Zoo), Jerusalem

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#2 of 12 in Zoos & Aquariums in Israel
Boasting a collection of wildlife featured in the Hebrew Bible, Tisch Family Zoological Gardens (Biblical Zoo) draws scores of visitors annually. Spanning 25 hectares (62 acres) in a valley amidst Judean Hills, the gardens boast 2,200 animals from 271 species. Established in 1940 as the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo, the park has recently been expanded into a conservation area and breeding grounds for endangered species. Persian leopards and Indian lions, a large African section, and a vulture exhibit rank among the highlights. A motorized train takes visitors around the site, perfect for families with small children. Don't miss the park's many gardens featuring native shrubs and trees, and visit the playground to let the little ones run around. See Tisch Family Zoological Gardens (Biblical Zoo) and all Jerusalem has to offer by arranging your trip with our Jerusalem vacation generator.
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  • August 15, 2017
    One of the most interesting zoo's in the world. Is shows the animals of Israel and the region but also animals from Africa and australia. Highly recomeded for families with young children.  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    i always thought a zoo was a zoo. But the Jerusalem zoo is in relatively new quarters and is superbly well laid out. It is expensive (including the need for a taxi as it is not near most hotels) Our g...  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    The sport interesting and challenging walk around the garden and live view and helps understanding life processes especially for young nillab
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  • June 19, 2017
    One of the nicest places to visit while in Israel. The zoo is a perfect attraction to spend the day together with a family. It's all well planned out, with exhibits lining the park that make it easy to see the different animals without jumping around the place.
  • July 10, 2017
    Beautiful place. But it was to hot You have to take a lot of cold water. And food. There are places to seat for picnic
  • March 25, 2017
    A great zoo! Besides exciting animals there are many open and green areas providing plenty of open areas when you walk around. Only downside is that food is only sold at the entrance. So either you have to buy it when you come in, or you need to remember your lunch yourself, because when you walk around in the park, they only sell ice cream and candy, and a visit can easily take 3-4 hours.
  • April 16, 2017
    Wonderful place. Very interesting place for children and adults. There are many animals and birds. Also there are aquariums and​ terrariums with reptiles, fishes and other sea inhabitants. Zoo has a really big area, so if you want to visit all inhabitants of it and not to be in hurry, expect to spend here all day. And it's better to visit this zoo not in very hot days, because animals hide in the shade and you can't see some of them. Moreover you can find hours of feeding particular animals on the nameplates near their aviaries and see this process. Around the perimeter of the zoo there are toilets and fountains with drinking water. All important places in the zoo are marked on the map which you get at the entrance.
  • February 7, 2017
    Unique zoo. Great for kids and adults. Lots of kids activities, playgrounds and places to explore. Nice visitor's center with cafeteria, designed as Noah's Ark. A motorized train takes visitors on a circular route. The park is stroller and wheelchair-accessible.

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