The fact that the Tisch Family Zoological Gardens, also known as Jerusalem's Biblical Zoo, has its own railway station is definitely indicative of the popularity of this magnificent attraction. The Zoo is 62 acres, features a huge man-made lake, spacious lawns and shaded beauty spots. There is a grassy area where wildlife is free to roam a train that provides transport through the vast park with stations along the way.
Over 170 species are featured, most are mentioned in the Bible hence the name Jerusalem's Biblical Zoo. Having said that, plenty of animals are also found here that aren’t mentioned in the Bible too.
There is a children's zoo area with a petting corner and playground; a snack bar; a new playground called the Noah's Ark Sculpture Garden; a visitor's center shaped in the form of an ark that overlooks the savannah area; a temporary exhibits gallery; computer information stations and a cafeteria.
How to get there: Bus 26 from Mt. Scopus via the Central Bus Station, bus 33 from Har Nof and Bayit VeGan. The zoo has a train stop and is for those who are not worried about time. For those driving, from the main entrance to Jerusalem, turn right onto Herzl Route, turn left at the third traffic light, turn right immediately onto the Begin South Freeway, drive to the end of the Freeway, turn right at the first traffic light, turn left under the bridge and at the next traffic light follow the signs to the Zoo, at the roundabout take the left and turn right into the parking lot at the entrance to the Zoo.
Cost: Adults 47 NIS, 3-18yrs 37 NIS, under 3s Free, Seniors, Students, Soldiers, Policemen, Handicapped 37 NIS.
address: Derech Aharon Shulov 1, Jerusalem
Open Hours: Sun-Thu 09:00-17:00, Fri & Holiday Eves 09:00-16:30, Sat & Holidays 10:00-17:00
Categories : Attractions
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fantastic zoo, great family day out- and a true full day out due to the huge size!
This is one of the best zoos I have ever been too-and I have visited a lot of zoos all over the world! The zoo is superbly well-kept, there is plenty of room to sit and have picnics, the animals are in their natural environment, children and adults delight in the animals!