Jerusalem Biblical Zoo (official site) as the name suggests is located in Jerusalem. And it is one of the few attractions that are open on Saturday in Jerusalem.
My thoughts about Jerusalem Biblical Zoo
It’s probably my favorite zoo in Israel, and that’s because:
- It’s located in Jerusalem, thus: it’s a little cooler there, and the people are different.
- Pricing strategy: pricing is very simple –
5055 NIS per adult. There are no deals, coupons or whatsoever (at least I haven’t found such). Thus you don’t waste time on searching and printing. And you don’t feel cheated since everybody pays the same. Safari Ramat Gan has the opposite pricing strategy. The spontaneous visitor will pay 67nis and if you belong to various clubs or find good deals/coupons than you can pay as low as 20 NIS per visit.
- Within regular working hours, there are short explanation sessions. You can use the timetable given on entrance and visit such an event. For example, we went to bear feeding. There was a short explanation, about 10min and then the feeding itself. Total of 20-25 min. The explanations are nice, and you always learn something new. And the bears are active (usually when it is hot, they will lie in the shade somewhere in the back, and you can barely see them).
Safari has something similar (morning tour at Safari Ramat Gan), but it’s special pre-ordered tours and for an extra price.
- In many cases, there is no steel fence between you and the animals. For example, you are walking above the animals. It allows for a clear view and better photographs 🙂
The downside is that the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo opens only at 9 am. In summer at 9 am it’s already quite hot. But, most attractions in Israel opened only at 9/10am.
Map of the area:
At Jerusalem Biblical Zoo
We started our visit with the Penguins. Penguins in Israel? When most people think about Penguins, they think Antarctica. Though most penguin species are native to the Southern Hemisphere, they are not found only in cold climates. In fact, only a few species of penguin live in the far south. For example, the Galapagos penguin lives near the equator.
At this point, they started to show their daily routine. As it turns out, elephants in the wild walk 20-30km a day. And they need to walk such distances in order to be healthy. Each day before the zoo opens for visitors, the elephants with their trainers walk around its premises.
The Wooden Bridge
One of the reasons for returning to different attractions is the pass of time. Not only the attraction change but also as kids grow older and you get to see more. And this year, my daughter definitely had more stamina and we saw more.
One of the additional things we saw was the lion workout. Not sure if exercise is the best word, but it was some entertainment for the lions.
As in previous visits, we went to Elephant Training. They still have three elephants there, but since one of them is quite old and has vision problems, only two were training.
For now, my opinion hasn’t changed, it is still one of the best zoos in Israel. If you love animals, then it should be on your TODO list.
That’s it for today, hope you enjoyed this visit to Jerusalem Biblical Zoo.
For additional points of interest nearby check out Jerusalem page.