Zoo Staff Lives Green
The zoo joins the current call at zoos around the world in recent years to establish a “green team” to promote environmental topics at zoos. This comes from the deep commitment to the topics of nature conservation, preserving the Earth, conserving resources, and protecting the quality of the environment.
The zoo staff created its “Ten Commandments” for environmental activity with the following principles:
RRR: Recycle, Reduce, Reuse
The members of the Zoo’s Green Team include:
Dr. Nili Avni-Magen – Zoological Director and Chief Veterinarian of the zoo, Dr. Avital Paz – Veterinarian responsible for animal nutrition, Michal Araz – Director of the Aviary Section, Ori Ben Gigi – Director of the Children’s Zoo and Australian Yard, Hilit Shulov – Keeper at the Australian Yard, Hagit Albeg – Director of the Marketing Department, Esti Chaim – Human Resources Director, Chezi Sasson – Zoo’s Procurement Director, and Eli Ofrah from the Maintenance Team.
Other topics the Green Team promotes include the establishment of “green roofs,” the roof over the rhinoceros house and the wide roof over the aquarium. These roofs are covered with vegetation to collect rainwater, to provide insulation, to serve as a habitat for local animals, and to lower the urban temperature. We use “green” products as much as possible (paper bags, biodegradable nylon, environmentally friendly cleaning and pesticide products) and raise environmental awareness among visitors through education in “green” thinking. Additionally, the Biblical Zoo continues to be a green site in the heart of the city, attracting many animals and dealing with nature conservation and breeding of animals in danger of extinction.