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Jerusalem Biblical Zoo

  • 1 Derech Aharon Sholov, Jerusalem
  • Jerusalem Biblical Zoo (photo: mia kalkabany)
    Jerusalem Biblical Zoo (photo: mia kalkabany)
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  • Jerusalem Biblical Zoo (photo: Jerusalem Biblical Zoo)Jerusalem Biblical Zoo (photo: Jerusalem Biblical Zoo)
  • Jerusalem Biblical Zoo (photo: Jerusalem Biblical Zoo)Jerusalem Biblical Zoo (photo: Jerusalem Biblical Zoo)
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  • Jerusalem Biblical Zoo (photo: uriel-nuri)Jerusalem Biblical Zoo (photo: uriel-nuri)
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Jerusalem Biblical Zoo (photo: mia kalkabany)
Jerusalem Biblical Zoo (photo: Jerusalem Biblical Zoo)
Jerusalem Biblical Zoo (photo:Jerusalem Biblical Zoo )
Jerusalem Biblical Zoo (photo: uriel nuri)
Jerusalem Biblical Zoo (photo: Jerusalem Biblical Zoo)
Jerusalem Biblical Zoo (photo: Jerusalem Biblical Zoo)
Jerusalem Biblical Zoo (photo: uriel-nuri)
Jerusalem Biblical Zoo (photo: uriel-nuri)
Jerusalem Biblical Zoo (photo: momi buhbut)
Jerusalem Biblical Zoo (photo: gilad frid)
Jerusalem Biblical Zoo (photo: ehud cohen)
Jerusalem Biblical Zoo (photo: Jerusalem Biblical Zoo)

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TripAdvisor Reviews

TripAdvisor ReviewsBased on 658 traveler reviews
"Surprisingly good zoo with great aviary"
TripAdvisor RatingReviewed on January 5, 2023

The zoo is located in the southern part of Jerusalem, about 20 minutes by car/taxi. We went on January 1, with the temperature in the mid 50s and the animals were quite active. The best exhibit (IMHO) was an aviary, where about 30 very colorful birds sat on branches and bushes and tweated, They were just...

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The zoo is located in the southern part of Jerusalem, about 20 minutes by car/taxi. We went on January 1, with the temperature in the mid 50s and the animals were quite active. The best exhibit (IMHO) was an aviary, where about 30 very colorful birds sat on branches and bushes and tweated, They were just beautiful and you could walk right up to them. The zoo also has the usual elephants, lions, tigers, baboons, penguins, some fish in tanks. Not a "must do" but it's a great place to take kids who don't care about ancient churches or biblical tunnels. There is a snack shop and small gift shop. We spent about 2.5 hours and saw just about everything. This is not the Bronx Zoo or the San Diego Zoo, but there aren't that many things in Jerusalem to excite 7 years olds. This is one.

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"Needs to regain the cutting edge"
TripAdvisor RatingReviewed on October 12, 2022

On the credit side, the zoo shows its important role in the conservation of endangered species. Also, on a recent occasion I brought a group of environmental studies students for a detailed morning tour and our zoo-provided guide was a great success with the group. I felt that the relatively high admission costs were...

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On the credit side, the zoo shows its important role in the conservation of endangered species. Also, on a recent occasion I brought a group of environmental studies students for a detailed morning tour and our zoo-provided guide was a great success with the group. I felt that the relatively high admission costs were a contribution to a good cause. However, bringing my family on Sukkot was less pleasant: (a) Parts of the zoo looked as though they had seen better and animal-better-populated days: the elephants, small in number, seemed decidedly unhappy. It seemed that the animals that died were not being replaced and that the zoo was thus a depressing rather than an uplifting experience. In addition parts looked rather neglected (e.g. the glass for viewing the penguins), some of the play areas were poorly grassed over and the playground apparatus was weary and insufficiently maintained. (b) I did not see any provision made for the festive period of Sukkot - plenty of Jewish observant visitors present and yet there was no sukkah which for them is mandatory in order to partake of substantial refreshments. This contrasts with the situation at Christmas time in Britain whereby the festive season is used to lighten and brighten everything up, and there are special seasonal activities provided. (c) The internal zoo train was not operating, which meant that people with limited mobility, including my nearly 90-year old father-in-law were not able to fully access the exhibits. Particularly strange and disappointing, given the peak capacity that the zoo enjoys during the holiday periods. (d) Refreshments, such as ice creams, were extremely highly priced. (e) Inquiries at the zoo shop and the entrance indicated that there is no quality publication for sale that shows the work of the zoo in conservation beyond the leaflet showing the way round. The server at the shop simply told me to use Google. Could something more substantial be produced for serious visitors? Overall, in my opinion the zoo urgently needs to regain its cutting edge by presenting happier animals in a better-cared-for environment.

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"A very pleasant experience"
TripAdvisor RatingReviewed on March 28, 2022

This is a pretty good zoo. There are several well-built habitats, including for orangutans, chimpanzees, otters, prairie dogs and wolves. Lots of birds, many very colorful. An Australian section, a South American section, a section with many types of deer plus giraffes. And the walk through is very pleasant; in...

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This is a pretty good zoo. There are several well-built habitats, including for orangutans, chimpanzees, otters, prairie dogs and wolves. Lots of birds, many very colorful. An Australian section, a South American section, a section with many types of deer plus giraffes. And the walk through is very pleasant; in my opinion more pleasant than the Jerusalem Botanical Garden.

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