Gan Hai in Petah Tikva – Full Guide


Gan Hai in Petah Tikva is a small zoo. Despite its size, the open areas, petting corners, and reasonable entrance fees make it one of the better attractions for toddlers and preschoolers.

Note: if you want to find additional info about animals and wildlife, then check out Zoos and Aquariums in Israel‎.

Map

Gan Hai is located at Moshe Sharet 9, Petah Tikva.

Map of the area:

Entrance Fee

The entrance fee is 25 NIS per child and 30 NIS per adult (there are discounts for Petah Tikva residents).

Opening Hours

September – May
Sunday – Thursday: 09:00 – 16:00
Friday and holiday eve: 09:00 – 13:00
Saturday and holiday: 10:00 – 16:00

June – August
Sunday – Thursday: 09:00 – 19:00
Friday and holiday eve: 09:00 – 13:00
Saturday and holiday: 10:00 – 16:00

The entrance fee and opening hours were updated in April 2020. In any case, recheck the official site (only in Hebrew) before visiting.

How Much Time a Visit at Gan Hai takes?

As I mentioned Gan Hai in Petah Tikva is not significant and following the round route along the park took us almost 2 hours. But it could be easily extended to 3-3.5 hours.

At Gan Hai

As you enter the Gan Hai (literal translation from Hebrew means: living park) you will see cages with a herd of mountain goats, Israeli deer, spotted deer, and others.
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In the center of the park, there is a pond with a small island in the middle. In the pond and around it, you can find many birds. Mostly ducks, gooses, and swans:
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Turtles are fun for beginner photographers. You can practice a lot without the subject moving 😉
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Top view:
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In the petting corner:
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My daughter was a little shy in the beginning, so I fed the bunny:
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Near to the petting corner, there are many cages with different types of parrots:
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Another view of the pond with Mandarin duck:
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In traditional Chinese culture, Mandarin ducks are believed to be lifelong couples, unlike other species of ducks. Hence they are regarded as a symbol of conjugal affection and fidelity and are frequently featured in Chinese art. A Chinese proverb for loving couples uses the Mandarin duck as a metaphor: “Two mandarin ducks playing in the water.”

Flamingo in Greek: φοινικόπτερος, which means “purple wing.” Another interesting fact about flamingos is that the pink/reddish color comes from carotenoids in their diet of animal and plant plankton. These carotenoids are broken down into pigments by liver enzymes. The source of this varies by species and affects the saturation of color.
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Towards the end of the Gan Hai route, you will reach a big cage with monkeys. Here is how the walking route inside the cage looks like:
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There are many Gracile capuchin monkeys in the cage.

Despite the no feeding signs, monkeys are actively asking for food, and some visitors feed them 🙁
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As with other animals that are fed by visitors, only the strongest capuchin monkeys are asking for food. Their children and teenagers are playing in the back and if they try to come closer to the visitors, the stronger monkeys banish them.
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And back to the beginning:
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An ostrich:
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The ostrich is the largest living species of bird and lays the largest eggs of any living bird. It’s also the fastest running bird, can reach up to 70 km/h. If I could run at such speed, I would not need a car 😉

Summary

Gan Hai in Petah Tikva is a lovely attraction for toddlers and preschoolers, who love animals. And if you want to find similar places, then check out Zoos and Aquariums in Israel‎.

Have you ever been to Gan Hai in Petah Tikva? Tell us about your experience in the comments below.

That’s all for today, and I’ll see you in future travels!

Stay Tuned!

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