Biblical Zoo has announced plans to create Israel’s largest aquarium, expected
to open in 2015, it will hold 2 million cubic meters of seawater in a number of
large tanks. The highlight of the exhibit will be an underwater tunnel where
visitors can walk underneath the aquarium and see a 180-degree view of the
sharks, sea turtles, coral reefs and exotic fish. The two largest tanks will
focus on life in the Red Sea and the Mediterranean, while 30 smaller tanks will
feature small habitats.
The Biblical Zoo in Jerusalem officially opened its doors on September 9, 1993.
The zoo stretches across an area of 250 dunams (62 acres) in a valley
surrounded by green hills and encircles a small lake situated near the main
gate. The lake is fed by a series of pools and waterfalls that flow one into
the other. Spacious lawns and shady beauty spots surround the lake and pools.
The water system is artificial, and relies on recycled water.
The animals at the zoo are all
mentioned in the Bible. Unfortunately, many of those animals are extinct.
However, the zoo is home to bears, lions, white rhino, deer and alligators –
each with their own unique story from the Bible. The Biblical Zoo is also home
to animals close to extinction such as the Golden Tamarin Lion, the Macaw
Parrot, chimpanzees, the Asian Elephant and more. All of the animals are housed
in environments similar to what would be their natural surroundings.
The Biblical Zoo in Jerusalem has
a special animal hospital and research center, aiding animals at risk and near
extinction. Throughout the year, the zoo runs special programs, activities and
events. Visit the zoo’s website for more information on its animals and annual