Gan Hai, Small Zoo in Petah Tikva – Visitors Guide

Gan Hai in Petah Tikva is a small zoo. But, despite its size, it is a good attraction for families with toddlers and preschoolers.

Note: Check out the Zoos and Aquariums in Israel‎ for additional information about animals and wildlife.

Map

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

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Moshe Sharet 9, Petah Tikva
Moshe Sharet 9, Petah Tikva

As you can see from the photo above, there is small parking by Moshe Sharet 9. And if there is no place, you can park on the nearby streets.

And here is a map of Gan Hai:

Map of Gan Hai, Petah Tikva
Map of Gan Hai

There is a lake in the center, and you go clockwise. Also, on the map, you can see feeding points (marked in blue).

Entrance Fee

Regular Entrance – 30 NIS
Petah Tikva resident – 25 NIS
Student, senior citizen, disabled – 20 NIS
Small box with food for animals – 5 NIS

Everybody above the age of two requires a ticket.

Note: you can purchase tickets from the cashier or online at the official site.

Coupons

You can purchase discounted tickets at Couponofesh for 26 NIS.

Opening Hours

September – May
Sunday – Thursday: 09:00 – 16:00
Friday and holiday eve: 09:00 – 13:00
Saturday and holiday: 0900 – 16:00

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

The entrance fee and opening hours were updated in March 2024. In any case, recheck the official site before visiting.

Opening Hours of Gan Hai
Opening Hours of Gan Hai

Contact Information

Phone: 03-7405500

How Much Time Does a Visit to Gan Hai Take?

As I mentioned, Gan Hai in Petah Tikva is not big. Following the round route took us, on average, about two hours, but you can easily extend it to 3 hours.

Visiting Gan Hai

As you enter the Gan Hai, you will see cages with ostriches, emus, a herd of mountain goats, Israeli deer, spotted deer, and other animals.

Gan Hai in Petah Tikva
Gan Hai in Petah Tikva

As you can see, our latest visit was when they fed the animals. It was around 10:30 on a Saturday.

There are explanation signs near each compound or cage.

Three pelicans fighting for a fish:

Feeding Animals

At the entrance, you can purchase small animal food boxes (5 NIS per box). Here is a photo:

Box with Food for Animals, Gan Hai, Petah Tikva
Box with Food for Animals

While some people feed the animals with their hands, others pour the food into special tubes. Here is an example:

Birds Area

In this area, you can meet many different types of parrots. There is also a viewpoint of the pond.

Here are several additional photos from the birds’ area:

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.”

Source: Wikipedia

Flamingo
Flamingo

Flamingo in Greek means “purple wing.” Another interesting fact about flamingos is that the pink/reddish color comes from carotenoids in their animal and plant plankton diet. These carotenoids are broken down into pigments by liver enzymes. The source of this varies by species and affects the saturation of color.

After exiting the bird’s area, you can see farm animals and a playground for kids.

Gan Hai in Petah Tikva

Note: did you know that there are Nile softshell turtles in Israel? See Turtle Bridge at Alexander River for additional details.

Playground for Kids

The playground is not big, but it is a lovely addition to the visit. It is probably best suited for kids aged 2 – 8.

Primates Pavillion

Towards the end, you can find the primate’s pavilion. You can see lemurs and brown capuchin monkeys.

Here is what the walking route inside the cage looks like:

Despite the no feeding signs, monkeys are actively asking for food, and some visitors feed them 🙁

As with other animals visitors feed, only the strongest capuchin monkeys ask for food. Their children and teenagers play in the back, and the stronger monkeys banish them if they try to come closer to the visitors.

גן חי בפתח תקווה - Gan Hai in Petah Tikva-15

Reptiles

Near the restrooms, you can find two other places. The first one is a room with reptiles.

Gan Hai, Petah Tikva
Gan Hai, Petah Tikva

And the second one is the Museum of stuffed animals.

Museum of Stuffed Animals

It is located on the second floor. After climbing the stairs, you will find several rooms with stuffed animals.

Also, I wanted to mention that Gan Hai has no kiosk. There are only several vending machines. You can also find picnic tables at the entrance. Hence, many people combine a visit with a picnic.

Gan Hai, Petah Tikva
Gan Hai, Petah Tikva

Outside of Gan Hai, there is a park with a playground for kids. If the kids have more energy, they can play there.

Near Gan Hai
Near Gan Hai

Summary

Gan Hai in Petah Tikva is a lovely attraction for families with young kids who love animals. For similar places, 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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