Thursday, June 17, 2010

James Durham - The Biblical Zoo

The Tisch Family Zoological Gardens (also known as "The Biblical Zoo") is located about 25 minutes from the Old City in Jerusalem. Several students and faculty have enjoyed strolling the landscaped grounds (with labeled tree specimens) during a free morning or afternoon. The Biblical Zoo harbors a collection of animals mentioned in the Bible, and also participates in breeding programs for rare or endangered species of animals from around the world. Their web site may be found at Here are a few of the fascinating animals featured in their collection:

Syrian Brown Bear resting on a rock.

Leopard contemplates dinner resting on a rock above his head.

Asian Elephants explore a "treat niche" in the retaining wall of their exhibit, in search of healthy snacks.

Nubian Ibex surveys his surroundings from a rocky perch.

Graceful Scimitar-Horned Oryx huddle with herd members for security.

A grand Pelican on the shore of a pond at The Biblical Zoo.

By James Durham, Touro Law Summer Abroad Program in Israel 2010

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